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iOS 8 Adoption Off to Slower Start Than iOS 7

by Jacob Kleinman | September 18, 2014September 18, 2014 5:00 pm PST

It’s been a full day since Apple officially released iOS 8 to the masses, but it looks like the company’s fans aren’t embracing the new operating system quite as quickly as they have in recent years. New reports from mobile platforms including Chitika and Tapjoy reveal that adoption for iOS 8 is off to a slow start compared to last year’s iOS 7 launch and even iOS 6 despite the controversial Apple Maps update that came with it.

According to Chitika, iOS 8 had an early head start but quickly fell behind the adoption rates we saw with iOS 6 and iOS 7, revealing that the new operating system is currently running on just 7.3 percent of iOS devices in North America. Tapjoy offers up similar results, claiming iOS 8 adoption is at just under six percent. The site breaks down those results between iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. Surprisingly, iOS 8 is getting the most attention on iPods, while iPad owners seem to be the least interested in upgrading to the new OS.

So what’s holding back iOS 8? There’s no clear answer but one possibility is that people are struggling to free up space on their devices for the massive update. It’s also possible some people are holding off to avoid any early security issues that Apple could fix with a smaller update in the near future. Either way, we’re sure iOS adoption will pick up in the future, especially once the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit the market this Friday.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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