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iOS 12 Now Running on 80% of All iOS Devices

The adoption of iOS 12 continues to impress. In the latest report from Apple, on the App Store Developer site, the latest version of the platform is now running on 80% of all devices. The measurement was taking on February 24, 2019 of all devices coming to the App Store. If you expanded the report out to devices made in the last four years, 83%, over 4 out of 5, are running iOS 12.

The figures are impressive no matter how you look at them. For comparison, iOS 11 did not hit the 80% adoption until 7 months after it was released. It was released in September 2017 and didn’t hit 80% until April. iOS 12, released in September 2018, did it five months. Apple breaks up the statistics for iOS 12 adoption in two ways.  First, 80% of all devices that access the App Store are now running a variant of version 12.  83% is the figure they refer to for all devices introduced in the last four years that are running the version.  This includes iPhones and iPads.

iOS 12 Adoption Rate on all devices in the last four years - February 24 2019
iOS 12 Adoption Rate on all devices in the last four years – February 24 2019
iOS 12 Adoption Rate - February 24 2019
iOS 12 Adoption Rate – February 24 2019

The figures released by Apple cover any variant of version 12 of iOS. Apple does not provide a breakdown of which variant devices were running when the measurement was taken. Further, we do not know the split between devices, say iPhone versus iPad. Apple also does not provide a breakdown.

While this is all positive news, we are about to see Apple shift its focus on iOS. Version 12.2, which is currently in beta, will be the last major update to this version of the platform (save a minor bug fix release or two). iOS 13 is expected to be announced in June at WWDC and will likely be the key focus for the development team at Apple after 12.2 is released. That said, there are a lot of great new features coming in 12.2 including new Animoji, Apple News for Canada, AirPlay 2 support for televisions, and other tweaks. That should be released in March.

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