60% Of iPhone Users In U.S. & Canada Have Already Updated To iOS 6


After just two weeks of its release, 60% of iPhones in U.S. and Canada have already been updated to iOS 6, Apple’s latest operating system, according to updated numbers released today by advertising and analytics firm Chitika (via CNET).

With over half of iPhone owners in North America running iOS 6 on their handsets, iPad users trail at 45% and iPod users at 39%, suggests the report. Previously, the firm reported that merely 24 hours after iOS 6 was released, 15% of iOS users had already updated to the newest OS.

“Overall, this data points to Apple doing an outstanding job of keeping their user base up-to-date with the latest OS,” Chitika said in a blog post.

“By comparison, Google’s latest data shows only 22 percent of its users being on its two most recent versions of Android.”

Apple released iOS 6 to the general public on September 19th with over 200 new features including brand new Maps app, enhanced Siri functionality such as more information about movies, restaurants, and sports scores, deep Facebook integration and more.

The update can be installed on iPhone 3GS and newer, the iPod Touch 4th generation and newer, and the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad models.


  • fredf

    That is shocking news to me. Considering just how bad the new maps are I myself am not updating until there is an improvement. Logging into Google via Safari is not the same thing as having a useful maps app.
    Why are Canadians updating?

  • Anthony ?

    Probably because the maps are nowhere near as bad as they’ve been made out to be, and in many cases are a significant improvement over what Google Maps offered in iOS5. Of course, that all depends on where you live, but in the big urban centers it’s generally considered an improvement.

    If you haven’t updated, how do you know “just how bad the new maps are”?

  • Curtis T

    From all the bad rap the new maps have been getting you would think that it doesn’t even open. In reality I have had no problems with maps and frankly it’s one of my favorite new features. Not so much the fly over but the fact there is turn by turn directions and the way it integrates into the OS like no other. Before you hate on the new maps, try it. Don’t be a follower. Some people are just too critical. Brings me back to every other update apple has ever put out. The week of, there is always numerous complaints about something but I have always updated the first day and never experienced anything like what people said. Not everything can be perfect but the new maps is not a bust like everyone makes it out to be.

  • Guest

    I wish I didn’t given the Bluetooth issues I am having. Can’t even have my phone in my pocket anymore. The music cuts out like crazy.

  • Adam

    They were very bad for me. At one point it had no idea where I was. I started scrolling through the maps to find my way back when I was lost and it couldn’t load the map said “Area not available”. I have had bad experiences with the maps, but at the same time barely ever use my maps feature so don’t really care all that much.

  • …and 27% of those users have been reported lost/missing. (prerequisite Apple Maps joke.)

    Actually, I’ve not really used Maps much so I can’t complain there. I have noticed that I can get iOS 6 to crash almost on demand just by trying to arrange icons. With a fairly high rate of occurence, the space created by my moving of the icon does not ‘fill in.’ After I place the icon in its new position, iOS will restart. What is really frustrating is if you have done a series of movements, all those moves are undone when the crash occurs. Not a huge issue but what a pain it was when I was setting up my phone as new and re-arranging all my apps and folders.

  • Muddy_Water

    So does that mean the other 40% are waiting on a jailbreak? My 3GS is still on 4.3.3… I see no reason to upgrade.

  • Networx

    The other 40% still haven’t upgraded to iOS 5.0 because they either don’t know how or don’t care. Ask my sister. Ask my wife. Unless the updates are forced they just use their iPhones. We aren’t normal users. None of us. lol

  • yearoftherat

    They say 60% but wonder how many of those regretted doing the update..

  • WJ

    I regretted that I upgraded to iOS6. I told my family and friends “don’t do it”.
    I won’t upgrade my wife iPhone as long as it still functions properly.

  • MleB1

    And yet I read that despite this significant uptake, a vast number have – once trying the Apple Maps app – dropped it from use and are using an alternative instead.

  • Anthony ?

    Concerns regarding Apple’s maps are overblown for the most part. Yes, there’s some inaccuracies and there are some weird images in Flyover (not used for navigation mind you, just virtual sightseeing). And, if you live in rural Ontario or other outlying areas you might be unimpressed. Since Apple has been put under a microscope for the past couple of weeks, issues have been noted. Put Google Maps under the same microscope and issues appear there as well. It’s all related to where you live and how you use maps in the first place. In the urban centers there’s minimal issues, and the addition of turn by turn more than makes up for the occasional issue.

    See Consumer Reports latest comparison for their take:

  • MleB1

    Indeed, that may be case, but it is public perception that is everything. And for a company that relies so heavily on design (industrial and graphic) and the ‘It Just Works’ mantra, however overblown the reporting, its not a positive step for Apple.

    And its a case of yet another Beta product embedded into the iOS, rather than offered via the App Store as an option offered for feedback. Its sloppy, and is not something Mac / iPhone users expect from ‘their’ Company. Cook’s mea culpa might be nice, but there was no offer to do a patch (sorry, Apple….update) to rid users of the ‘perceived’ flaw.

  • Anthony ?

    Agreed, however a patch/update will take some time, it’s only been 2 weeks since iOS6 was released, but IMO the maps are perfectly usable despite the negative blow-back. Improvements are required to be sure.