Apple’s adoption rate reports also provide a comparison to previous years’ adoption rates, allowing users and developers to see how quickly users are adopting the latest updates. A key takeaway from Apple’s latest OS adoption rate report is that users are updating to iOS 16 much faster than they did to iOS 15. However, it is also important to note that Apple’s latest adoption report came almost a month late (compared to the previous year).
According to the newest report, 81% of all Apple iPhones launched in the last four years already run iOS 16. If one considers older iPhones, the percentage falls to an impressive 72%. The numbers are not as spectacular on the iPad side of things, with only 53% of iPads launched in the last four years using iPadOS 16. If one accounts for older iPads as well, the number falls to 50%.
While Google used to have a dashboard for Android, starting in 2020, it stopped making these numbers public, hiding them within Android Studio — the company’s development suite. Given Android’s poor performance regarding adoption numbers and Apple’s propensity to use these numbers against Google, the move did not entirely come as a surprise. As of January 2023, figures from Android Studio reveal that only 5% of Android devices run Android 13 — even six months after the OS was released.