With the major changes in iOS 7, analysts expected the adoption rate for the operating system
to be quite high. However, calling it "high" is a slight understatement, according to data
collected from various agencies regarding iOS 7 adoption in the first 10 and 24 hours of its availability.
By looking at data put together by Chitika and MixPanel, it is easy to see that iOS 7 is on pace to become more prevalent than iOS 6 in just two days. This is based on Chitika's statistics suggesting that iOS 7 saw an adoption rate that was 3 percent higher on its first day than iOS 6.
iOS 7 Beating Android
Google's Android operating system has had a re-occurring problem when it comes to low adoption rates. This seems to stem from the fact that some Android devices simply do not receive updates in a timely manner but most current phones do receive Android updates within six months after a new version is released.
Even though most phones are able to update, Jelly Bean (the latest version of Android) is on a fewer Android devices than iOS 7 already is on iOS devices. This may not seem too amazing, until you realize that iOS 7 has only been out for one day whereas Android Jelly Bean was released 450 days ago.
Analytics provider MixPanel says that in the first 24 hours after iOS 7 was released, the new operating system accounted for 35 percent of all iOS devices in their analytics . If this trend continues -- which many analysts expect to see -- then iOS 7 will be on more iOS devices than iOS 6 in a matter of hours.
This is quite impressive considering that even after being out for more than a year, Android Jelly Bean is on just fifty-seven percent of all Android devices that MixPanel has been able to track.
The Android Fragmentation Dilemma
In a way, the data released from MixPanel almost says more about Android than it does about iOS. Everyone expects iOS adoption rates to be high since almost all users can update immediately and the process is very simply (not to mention Apple's marketing for new iOS versions is impressive).
However, iOS' ability to come close to outperforming Android -- in terms of adoption rates -- in just one day says a lot about the fragmentation issues present with Android. According to OpenSignal's July data, there are still eight different versions of Android in use. Some of these versions of Android are many years old.
Plus, when around half of all Android users (at best) are using an operating system that is less than a year old, fragmentation is a big problem. Apple CEO Tim Cook actually mentioned the same issue with Android during an interview earlier today.
"And so by the time [customers] exit, they're using an operating system that's three or four years old. That would be like me right now having in my pocket iOS 3. I can't imagine it," said Cook. Luckily for Apple, fragmentation will likely never be an issue with iOS -- and iOS 7 is a great example of that.