Apple Charts iOS Fragmentation



Chitika has already pointed to a high adoption rate of iOS 6 before the 2013 Worldwide Developers’ Conference kicked off, and Tim Cook pointed to the same numbers while he was onstage. Now Apple has posted the same pie chart format Google has on its public developer site (via AppleInsider). The main difference between the two charts is one highlights an essential information: developers only need to target the latest operating system.

While speaking on June 10th, Tim Cook quickly compared iOS to other platforms — of course we are talking about Android – and pointed to the high iOS 6 adoption rate unique to Apple users: 93%.

As you can see in the above chart, iOS 5 users account for only 6% of the total while earlier iOS account for 1%. This doesn’t stop game developers though from making their games compatible with, let’s say, iOS 4.3.

Apple expects its upcoming iOS 7 to enjoy the same rapid adoption rate that iOS 6 did. A day after iOS 6 was released it already accounted for 15% of the web traffic recorded by Chitika in the U.S. and Canada, and 60% after a full month of availability. Will Apple manage to repeat this success? Considering Ive’s signature on iOS 7 and the great features it offers, probably yes.


  • Jay

    iOs 7 will stall for a while in adoption rates…..
    until the jailbreak comes out…. in which case it will look like iOs6 looks now

  • crosseyed_mofo

    jailbreakers are the minority, most will jump on ios7 like a wolf on a ham

  • Jay

    I suppose the reason iOs6 took so long to be adopted in the early days was the problems with maps and not so much the jailbreaking….
    But the reason I didnt update was the lack of jailbreak 😛
    and that will remain a consistent issue for me every iOs update

  • neonyme

    These numbers are surprising, given the fact that first-gen iPads cannot be upgraded to iOS6, and this model is not very old nor rare. I would like to see the same pie chart based only on iPad usage.

  • Flaxx

    There are a huge number of iPhone 3GS owners out there that will not be getting iOS 7. That will adversely affect the adoption chart.

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  • Nick

    I use Pioneer Appradio 2/iPhone 5 iOS 6.1.2 as my car deck and without a Jailbreak on, it would definitely lack a number of cool features. I’ll wait till the updates and jailbreak comes out on iOS 7. I bet Q1 2014.

  • Jeve Stobs

    Shut the fuck up, foigs

  • xxxJDxxx

    I haven’t jail broken in years. What are the most important things for you to jailbreak for?

  • Jay

    Tons of things that on their own arent that important but when you look at all the features ill be missing as a whole… it starts becoming a lot.

    Just small tweaks but they resolve my grievances with iOs.


    quick reply to text messages, contact pics everywhere there is a contact list, set chrome as default browser, make gmail my default email app, have the same queue system as the new itunes but on mobile, rename apps, have the low power popup be a banner instead (tired of it popping up and blocking me), have all notifications on my pebble, adblocker, remove the damn Store button in the music app because i always accidentally hit it and get sent off to another app while driving

  • FuQ-Diskuss

    Forcing users to upgrade is how they get these numbers. Bring your phone in for service. Accidently hit upgrade without paying attention. Gf or sibling accidently oks the update because you are forced to by the app store for new apps. Millions of users are forced into updates they cannot roll back from.. I miss ios 5 .. Native Youtube.. Google maps.. Jailbreaks.. Its complete bull$hi+ that ios forces users into newer device choking updates.. Google how many people are complaining how slow ios7 runs on iphone 4 already. Its not going to be anybetter once the final is released. All that will do is prevent users from rolling back to 6.1.3/4 . You patting your self on the back because users dont have the option of turning back… Get bent you ass clowns

  • Paul

    I’d like to see the numbers on phones with Siri, and phones without. Ios has fragmentation, but they refuse to admit that their devices differ. Sure, they all run the same ios version, but not the same version of ios! Siri is just software, no reason any phone shouldn’t have it!