iOS 7 was released less than three days ago. In the first three hours it had already achieved an adoption rate of over 10%. A mere 7 hours later that number was over 23%. Last night, after exchanging leads with iOS 6.x installs for several hours, the number of devices with iOS 7 installed on them surpassed the 50% mark for good.
That’s remarkable, not only for Apple, but more importantly, in the grand scheme of things when compared to the software adoption rates of most of the competition. This has always been one of Apple’s best-selling points, and continues to amaze me. My son’s iPhone 4, a three-year old device, is still receiving updates to Apple’s newest OS. Of course there are always limitations based on processing configurations and hardware limitations, and that’s to be expected. But for the most part iOS 7 runs very well on his older, slower device, and he’s very happy to have access to it.
Unfortunately for Android, this is not usually the case unless you are an owner of a flagship Nexus device, which makes up a small portion of the total number of Android phones on the market. Their story differs from Apple, however, in that Android devices are generally at the mercy of the carriers. Carriers_drag_the process out for months. Testing, and testing, and testing? I’m really not sure why the testing takes so long though? In addition, often new devices, even flagship phones like the HTC One don’t come with the newest available version of Android pre-installed on their release date.
I decided to try out a HTC One last April, when it launched in the US, and it is still running 4.1.2, five months later. Five months! There have been two newer more recent versions released since then, and still no update for the HTC One. Sure there have been rumors and rumblings that HTC will skip 4.2.x altogether and go straight to 4.3 this month or early next month, and other flagship Android phones have been updated to newer versions than the HTC One–but there are no guarantees when/if your phone will be updated.
Immediate availability is one of the most compelling reasons to buy an iPhone and stay with iOS as a platform. When there is a software update, it is available the same exact day for every iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch still capable of supporting the newest OS. Someone with an iPhone 5 isn’t waiting 5 months, hoping that they might get iOS 7, maybe…someday. They are able to update as soon as it is released. In fact, existing devices typically get to try out the newest version of iOS 2-3 days before it comes out on the newest iPhone. For me, this is the ‘killer’ feature of iOS each and every year.
Please feel free to leave a comment below, and then head on over to the forums and see what everyone else thinks of the instant popularity iOS 7 update. Maybe you are on the fence about upgrading, and you’d like to hear what others think. Maybe you are unhappy you upgraded in the first place, and you wanted to know if there was something you could do about it. Whatever your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!