Apple users took to iOS 12 way faster than the bug-plagued iOS 11. More than half of all iPhones, iPads, and iPods are running iOS 12, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, just over three weeks after the OS was released. Folks are taking to iOS 12 way faster than its predecessor. It took 50 days—about twice as long—for iOS 11 to reach 50 percent of devices, as documented by ZDNet. The relative reluctance to update to iOS 11, and subsequently the speedy move away from it, was likely the result of it being a notoriously bug-filled operating system. Apple had to quickly push out updates to address security flaws and an annoying autocorrect issue within months of iOS 11's release. Throughout the cycle, the company has had to patch everything from microphone malfunctions to an issue that rendered iPhones with third-party screens unresponsive. By contrast, Apple made a concerted effort with iOS 12 to add stability and improve the performance of older iPhones rather than introduce superfluous features. Turns out if people aren't worried about an update accidentally ruining the functionality of their device, they're actually willing to download it.
Although unofficial iOS 12 installation rate numbers have circulated since shortly after the public launch on September 17, Apple today provided its first official statistics: 23 days after release, iOS 12 was installed on 50 percent of all devices, versus 53 percent of devices introduced in the past four years. Thats not the fastest uptake in iOS history, but once again its well ahead of typical Android adoption. Apples figures were based on App Store measurements taken on October 10, 2018, and now have been broken into two separate pie charts: The differentiation clearly suggests that uptake of Apples latest OS has been faster for more recent devices, while hinting that developers shouldnt feel held back by lagging upgrades to older hardware. Notably, however, iOS 12 was targeted somewhat — though not exclusively — at improving performance on older devices, providing most users with a reason to upgrade if their hardware could do so. iOS 12 runs on all iPhones since the iPhone 5s, as well as all iPads since the iPad Air 1 and mini 3, plus the sixth-generation iPod touch. Whether adoption of recent iOS releases is impressive or sluggish depends on your perspective. Given the huge size of Apples iOS userbase, getting at least half of that audience to switch to the latest release in less than a month is a pretty major accomplishment, and the envy of rivals like Google and Microsoft. That said, iOS 10 hit a 54 percent installed base after a month, and iOS 11 was at 52 percent after a month and a half, so iOS 12 looks to be doing a little better while remaining in the same general ballpark. iOS 11 peaked at the 85 percent installation mark two weeks before iOS 12 was released. By contrast, Android Oreo at that point was at under 15 percent of the Android userbase. As of Googles last report on September 28, only 19.2 percent of Android users were on Oreo, with no number listed for the latest release of Pie, as any version representing less than 0.1 percent of the total Android installed base wasnt shown.