iOS 6 adoption at 15 percent in the first two days

After two days of availability, Apple's iOS 6 operating system is now installed on approximately 15 percent of iOS devices, according to the online advertising network Chitika. On the findings the company said,

This level of adoption is a significant development and a testament to the vertical product structure Apple dedicated itself to, particularly when compared to Android's latest operating system which only saw a 1.5 per cent adoption rate within its first two months.

Of course this is a much easier thing to do when you make both the hardware and software for the device and have control over updates. The Android platform struggles with updating a large number of users due to carriers and manufacturers being involved in update procedures.

To reach its findings, Chitika took a sample of millions of mobile ad impressions on its network from 19 September to 20 September, and compared the iOS growth rate to the total iOS web usage.

Apple is also seeing fast adoption of its brand new iPhone 5 which was released today. The device had over two million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, breaking the previous record of one million set by the iPhone 4S.

Source: ITProPortal

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I had to explain to my accountant today, as she couldn't understand why her iphone was taking so long to update, that it was probably upgrading itself to iOS6. The look on her face as the phone finally updated i had to explain to her that google maps and youtube were gone was priceless.... made my day!

Ricky Waterworth said,
I had to explain to my accountant today, as she couldn't understand why her iphone was taking so long to update, that it was probably upgrading itself to iOS6. The look on her face as the phone finally updated i had to explain to her that google maps and youtube were gone was priceless.... made my day!

I think youtube is a downloadable app and is much more awesome than it ever was. Maps use an expensive commercial program, stock or bing it seems.

Using the Google application from the App store isn't the same thing. Due to the fact that you can't set a default application in iOS. For example clicking on a contact in your contacts list will bring up a map of their location... using Apples choice of mapping software. You can't change it.

Its the same for links in emails, it will only use Safari, instead of your browser of choice. Apple stupidity.

15% chose to remove features like a reliable map service and allow tweeting/facebook posting from their lock screen?

I fail to see how iOS6 is better than iOS5. iOS5 at least stole worth-while features from major vendors. iOS6 just screws up the phone by axeing google programs that everyone loves despite apples hatred to the company.

I like google for submitting standalone versions of their apps the day the new OS launched that revoked them... They care about the users. Apple really should have given its consumers a choice. But that don't make $$$$.

srbeen said,
15% chose to remove features like a reliable map service and allow tweeting/facebook posting from their lock screen?

I fail to see how iOS6 is better than iOS5. iOS5 at least stole worth-while features from major vendors. iOS6 just screws up the phone by axeing google programs that everyone loves despite apples hatred to the company.

I like google for submitting standalone versions of their apps the day the new OS launched that revoked them... They care about the users. Apple really should have given its consumers a choice. But that don't make $$$$.

Google do not care any more than anyone else does. To think they are beyond any other commercially driven organisation is an absurd statement. Google didn't submit a maps app to Apple because they care about their users, they did so because they are a commercially driven organisation that want the telemetry that 15% of the mobile market gives them because it is very valuable to them.

In all fairness, not everyone uses maps every day. I know I don't (last time was some time in June) so am not bothered by the fact they are seriously gimped - and make no mistake, they are seriously gimped. There is always the Bing app for maps anyway ;-)

.fahim said,

Google do not care any more than anyone else does. To think they are beyond any other commercially driven organisation is an absurd statement. Google didn't submit a maps app to Apple because they care about their users, they did so because they are a commercially driven organisation that want the telemetry that 15% of the mobile market gives them because it is very valuable to them.

In all fairness, not everyone uses maps every day. I know I don't (last time was some time in June) so am not bothered by the fact they are seriously gimped - and make no mistake, they are seriously gimped. There is always the Bing app for maps anyway ;-)

Im aware its all profit driven, knowing where people are going is good data. Google having a working map app ready to go day one to restore iOS5 functionality in iOS6, to see apple deny it and frustrate the users because Apple's mad at google should be taken to consideration by the Lemmings. From the reviews Bing Maps don't seem to be exceptional but free and much better than the stock option.

Shouldn't this be called "iOS 5.x" or something rather than "iOS 6"?
I don;t feel the update warrens a major update number unless it's just all BS marketing which means they are now clutching at straws.

Brian Miller said,
Shouldn't this be called "iOS 5.x" or something rather than "iOS 6"?
I don;t feel the update warrens a major update number unless it's just all BS marketing which means they are now clutching at straws.

Given that it is their product, I think they can call it what they want. No-one outside of Apple really knows how much work went into this - for all we know this may have been more effort than the previous 2 (major) releases put together.

Meh - my iPhone is a work phone. All I do on it is send email. Email seems to be working just fine so I'm a happy user for now.

The maps gaff is pretty embarrassing but I can count on one hand the number of times I've needed to use maps on my work phone so no big deal.

Chicane-UK said,
Meh - my iPhone is a work phone. All I do on it is send email. Email seems to be working just fine so I'm a happy user for now.

The maps gaff is pretty embarrassing but I can count on one hand the number of times I've needed to use maps on my work phone so no big deal.


Cool story bro. Seriously, just because YOU only use your iPhone for email and never use maps is not representative of average usage.

After trying iOS6 and seeing that the new maps were just horrible and 5 apps that I use on a daily basis crashed instantly upon starting, I went back to 5.1.1 and re-jailbroke my device.

Those were the only real issues I found, but it also didn't "feel" ready for release.. I can't explain it...

On the other hand, it was nice to GET an update for a device. I've been waiting months now for an update on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE, and will likely wait another few months. With that one, I can't even install 90% of the apps I am wanting because they require ICS or higher. Android's ecosystem is completely broken, and I 100% regret getting that tablet over an iPad.

I had a 3G netbook from Rogers here in Canada die, and they offered to replace it with either the Galaxy 8.9 LTE or an iPad2 with 3G. I chose wrong.. FML...

Tartan said,
Ye it seems it's better to wait until Google do a dedicated YouTube and Maps app for iOS6.

I don't get why people are upset about the YouTube app. The website is mobile optimized, and the old app sucked

Tartan said,
Ye it seems it's better to wait until Google do a dedicated YouTube and Maps app for iOS6.

Google already has a youtube app released.

wont most people just plug the darn thing in and go oh update and do it anyways? doesnt mean people are adotoping it, just means they blindly updated

DKAngel said,
wont most people just plug the darn thing in and go oh update and do it anyways? doesnt mean people are adotoping it, just means they blindly updated
Which is different from adopting... how?

I assume Android, Windows and BlackBerry users are always completely conscious of what they're getting in their updates?

DKAngel said,
wont most people just plug the darn thing in and go oh update and do it anyways? doesnt mean people are adotoping it, just means they blindly updated

EXACTLY!! I doubt even half the people upgrading have any clue what they are doing.

I updated to iOS 6 when it was released the other day and its been running fine for me. Some nice new features and a new look to the music player but its not going to stop me from getting the HTC 8S as my next phone.

a0me said,
I'm sure as heck not "updating" to iOS 6 until the Maps app is fixed.

Google is likely to release its own maps onto the app store.

a0me said,
I'm sure as heck not "updating" to iOS 6 until the Maps app is fixed.

Aren't there other Map apps on the app store? I used Waze for a year with no problems. Results may vary, I guess.

xstex said,

Google is likely to release its own maps onto the app store.

Yes, but if Google is smart they should stall that release a few weeks so keep iOS6 users angry at Apple and at the same time position their own Android system as superior.

But they can't stall for too long because then users will start to get irritated on Google instead for not releasing it. Its all a matter of timing.

xstex said,

Google is likely to release its own maps onto the app store.


Keyword being "likely." There's no official word at this point. I'd buy the app in a heartbeat.

omgben said,

Aren't there other Map apps on the app store? I used Waze for a year with no problems. Results may vary, I guess.


Not that I know of. I had a quick look and it doesn't seem like Waze is available for Japan.

a0me said,

Keyword being "likely." There's no official word at this point. I'd buy the app in a heartbeat.

Nope, but its extremely likely. It will also be free.

xstex said,

Nope, but its extremely likely. It will also be free.

If Google was smart, they would release it costing a few dollars and would probably make a killing on it.

bjoswald said,
That much growth even after the Maps fiasco, huh?

Why not? It's not like I expected the adoption rate to fall due to that single thing.

bjoswald said,
That much growth even after the Maps fiasco, huh?

News about the Maps app hadn't reach mainstream yet. Once it's in the news you can be certain that people will think twice about "updating."

bjoswald said,
That much growth even after the Maps fiasco, huh?

Only 85% of iOS users got the memo about how bad the maps are.

a0me said,

News about the Maps app hadn't reach mainstream yet. Once it's in the news you can be certain that people will think twice about "updating."

Were you living under a rock yesterday ? It was everywhere ...

2xSilverKnight said,

Were you living under a rock yesterday ? It was everywhere ...


I have been following the status of the app since iOS 6 Beta which is why I said "mainstream" as in "normal people who don't spend their time reading tech sites."

a0me said,

I have been following the status of the app since iOS 6 Beta which is why I said "mainstream" as in "normal people who don't spend their time reading tech sites."

Normal people don't spend their time reading tech websites?

bjoswald said,
That much growth even after the Maps fiasco, huh?

I don't actually depend on any map apps, there is no platform with 100% of funtionality regarding apps, so is like the grab-of-death, it is a big deal if you have OCD and can't make a phone call unless all of the signal bars are up.

Frankly I don't care much about the camera either so, at the end it all depends of your needs and wishes and the main point of picking a gadget that fulfills them, or one could end up like the apple fans and the apple haters fighting for nonsense.

I wish I didn't upgrade my iPad to iOS6. No youtube app for it. Only for iPhone.

But I can't go back to iOS5, because for some reason the restore now contains iOS6. When I did the upgrade it failed, and when the restore was done I notices that the iPad had iOS6.

x-byte said,
I wish I didn't upgrade my iPad to iOS6. No youtube app for it. Only for iPhone.

But I can't go back to iOS5, because for some reason the restore now contains iOS6. When I did the upgrade it failed, and when the restore was done I notices that the iPad had iOS6.

You could try to pic a ios5 firmware for your ipad, and use the Shift+Restore in iTunes to install it, although if you have a back up with iOS6 it might be a problem.

The flipside of the coin is that when your device gets abandoned by Apple that's it. I have a 2010 HTC Android and an original iPad from 2010, Got Jelly Bean on my phone but stuck with iOS5 for arbitrary reasons (3GS was released earlier and has similar internals).

thealexweb said,
The flipside of the coin is that when your device gets abandoned by Apple that's it. I have a 2010 HTC Android and an original iPad from 2010, Got Jelly Bean on my phone but stuck with iOS5 for arbitrary reasons (3GS was released earlier and has similar internals).

The reason is the amount of RAM in the iPad as opposed to the 3GS.

The iPad has larger assets (due to a higher resolution screen).

thealexweb said,
The flipside of the coin is that when your device gets abandoned by Apple that's it. I have a 2010 HTC Android and an original iPad from 2010, Got Jelly Bean on my phone but stuck with iOS5 for arbitrary reasons (3GS was released earlier and has similar internals).

It's true, but I can pretty much guarantee your HTC didn't get JellyBean from HTC - which abandoned you a long time ago...

Personally speaking, this is one of the reasons I won't consider Android as a decent alternative. In fact my research tells me only 1 device released in 2010 is getting JellyBean through an official channel - out of how many devices released that year?

.fahim said,

It's true, but I can pretty much guarantee your HTC didn't get JellyBean from HTC - which abandoned you a long time ago...

Personally speaking, this is one of the reasons I won't consider Android as a decent alternative. In fact my research tells me only 1 device released in 2010 is getting JellyBean through an official channel - out of how many devices released that year?

Ironically HTC is actually the best for updates with the exception of my device, they upgraded all their middle and high-end phone from Q3 2010 onwards to ICS recently, I too have doubts over Jelly Bean though, but with Android there are teams of dedicated developers who do a better job that HTC's own internal developers.

thealexweb said,

Ironically HTC is actually the best for updates with the exception of my device, they upgraded all their middle and high-end phone from Q3 2010 onwards to ICS recently, I too have doubts over Jelly Bean though, but with Android there are teams of dedicated developers who do a better job that HTC's own internal developers.

ICS is now a version out of date... what devices from 2010 are being updated to what is now an 8 month old OS (Jellybean that is).

.fahim said,

ICS is now a version out of date... what devices from 2010 are being updated to what is now an 8 month old OS (Jellybean that is).

ICS is 11 months old. JB is 3 months old.

Personally, I think its acceptable to have ICS being rolled out now. Its not like it has major problems that JB has to replace it.

ShMaunder said,

ICS is 11 months old. JB is 3 months old.

Personally, I think its acceptable to have ICS being rolled out now. Its not like it has major problems that JB has to replace it.

You are right - 3 months. But regardless you are ok with an upgrade to an OS which is almost a year old being released now for your handset though the official channel? I'm sorry but I find that nuts, and frankly unacceptable of any handset I buy.

.fahim said,

You are right - 3 months. But regardless you are ok with an upgrade to an OS which is almost a year old being released now for your handset though the official channel? I'm sorry but I find that nuts, and frankly unacceptable of any handset I buy.

Unless the software is developed with the phone (e.g. Nexus, iphone), then yes I find it fine. Getting the drivers stabilized and ensuring the features listed on the original box are adhered to takes a long time. Alternatively, if you don't want the extra testing then grab a custom ROM.

If the carriers keep their noses out of the user experience, then updates would probably be released within 6 months. That is where its not acceptable.

ShMaunder said,

Unless the software is developed with the phone (e.g. Nexus, iphone), then yes I find it fine. Getting the drivers stabilized and ensuring the features listed on the original box are adhered to takes a long time. Alternatively, if you don't want the extra testing then grab a custom ROM.

If the carriers keep their noses out of the user experience, then updates would probably be released within 6 months. That is where its not acceptable.

To me even 6 months is far too long. Google have to put a better model for this in place, even if it is a better HAL (or something similar).

fetbaffe said,
Good. The more people upgrading to iOS6 the more anger Apple is getting.

Fairly much this. Upgraded iPad to iOS6 and seriously don't like it. It's not finished. There are things that don't work correctly or are completely un-intuitive. iOS6 seems to be a big step backwards from iOS5

togermano said,
The only thing android sucks at but other wise android > ios

I lolled.
And if we assume wrongly that this "android > ios" nonsense is true - what good does it do you, when application developers can't go out and use the technologies available to them in newer Android versions, because then they'd only be able to sell to a tiny tiny percentage of userbase?

@Leo said,

I lolled.
And if we assume wrongly that this "android > ios" nonsense is true - what good does it do you, when application developers can't go out and use the technologies available to them in newer Android versions, because then they'd only be able to sell to a tiny tiny percentage of userbase?

I lolled too because you just posted what I said was the only thing wrong with android MEGALOL

togermano said,

I lolled too because you just posted what I said was the only thing wrong with android MEGALOL

I guess reading comprehension is not your strong suit.