Holding off on downloading iOS 8? You’re not the only one.
Less than half of Apple users have installed the latest operating systems, according to Apple’s own.
The update has been live for about 20 days, first available Sept. 17. The percentage of people using iOS 8 is the same as those still using iOS 7 — 47%.
Over the same time period, nearly 70% of Apple users had already made the jump to iOS 7 when it was first launched, according to Information Week.
But iOS 8 installation rates remain stagnant, increasing in users just 1% since Sept. 21.
The 47% number doesn’t seem so low when compared to adoption rates for KitKat, Android’s latest operating system, the software of choice for only about 25% of overall Android users, according to Android’s metrics. But the history of Apple’s success in this department is hard to ignore.
It’s tough to identify the cause behind the decreased interest in iOS 8, but there are a few obvious potential reasons. It’s tough to identify the cause behind the decreased interest in iOS 8, but there are a few obvious potential reasons. You can find workarounds to the massive amount of space needed for the iOS 8 download, but many were turned off by the 5GB required for installation.
There was also the problematic (to put it charitably) rollout of iOS 8.0.1, which caused service and Touch ID issues for many Apple users. So much so, in fact, that Apple pulled the download and publicly apologized. It later released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the errors.
That’s not to mention the complaints of depleted battery life and other kinks in the new operating system.
But really, you just need to search “iOS 8” on Twitter to see how unpopular it truly is.
By Rex Santus