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iOS 7 Distribution Reaches 87-Percent Since Launch

by Brandon Russell | April 7, 2014April 7, 2014 4:00 pm PDT

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Apple on Monday revealed iOS 7 is currently running on 87-percent of Apple mobile devices. The mobile operating system—Apple’s biggest redesign yet—was released back in September 2013, so that’s a little over five months. The obligatory comparison needs to be made: Google’s latest Android update, Android 4.4 KitKat, is installed on about 5.3-percent of devices, according to the most recent distribution numbers. Growth for Google’s OS is positive, however, jumping up from less than 3-percent in early March.

Only 11-percent of iOS users have resisted the temptation of iOS 7, choosing to remain with iOS 6, while just 2-percent run an earlier version of iOS. The 87-percent figure is actually up from the same time a month ago, so perhaps Apple’s latest update to iOS 7 convinced those holdouts to update their device.

With that said, Apple’s focus is already turned toward iOS 8, which we’re expecting to see at the company’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. In addition to some Siri, Maps and tweaks to the OS’s functionality, the big feature coming to iOS 8 might be Apple’s Healthbook initiative, which will tell users everything from their bloodwork, to nutrition, or even their sleep habits and oxygen saturation.

Apple traditionally has a terrific track record when it comes to OS distribution, an outcome of the company’s strict control over the entire hardware/software experience. It looks like that strategy is obviously still working quite swimmingly, and will continue to uptick as we edge closer to iOS 8. June isn’t all that far away—though a consumer release will come much later—so start prepping your device(s) now.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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