iOS 6 uptake outpaces iOS 5, but there's bad news for Jelly Bean: report

by Doug Drinkwater

September 21 2012

iOS 6 was on 15% of iDevices a day after the launch of iOS 6, according to Chitika
iOS 6 was on 15% of iDevices a day after the launch of iOS 6, according to Chitika

New research shows that the new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a big winner over iOS 5, but paints a bleaker picture for Google and the latest iteration of Android.

Two analytics firms, Chitika and Chartboost, claim that Apple’s iOS 6 mobile operating system was on 15% of compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices just 24 hours after the OS was released.

The research companies released similar findings around the same time, and Chitika claimed that iOS 6 uptake was much faster than iOS 5, which reportedly took five days to get to just over 20% of overall iOS traffic on the firm’s mobile ad network.

While this was all good news for Apple, it proved to highlight the contrasting fortunes between iOS and Android. For Chitika has found that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is only on 1.5% of devices, a full two months after launch.

Apple’s iOS 6 was launched on Wednesday, and promises over 200 new features, including an improved Siri, tighter Facebook integration, a better email client and new apps for Maps and Passbook.

However, those in Cupertino are already facing criticism for its poorly rated Maps app, which took the place of Google Maps, and getting heat from a Swiss railway firm, which claims that iOS 6 stole its clock design. Some users also complained about not being able to get onto WiFi

Chart: Chartboost data shows that iOS 6 penetration peaked at 17% after 24 hours on the iPhone

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  • BigJeff100
    2 years 2 months ago

    The article and data is disappointing. My first response was "Is android that good that people don't need to upgrade?". Beware quoting uptake figures - usually means previous product was saddly inferior. Personnally - I like ios 5.1 and will eventually upgrade if it improves performance. I am cautious, because previous upgrades only seemed to slow my ipad down.

  • Xennex1170
    2 years 2 months ago

    I suppose it would be a bleak picture if it were the case where you had a hardware platform and must choose the OS to install. Since they do not intersect in that manner it would be wise to shy away from such comparisons and focus on how fast each OS is adopted compared to the respective previous versions. I have heard Android 4.1 is being adopted more than twice as fast as 4.0. Seems bright to me when also considering that Android devices sell more than 3:1 over iOS.

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