iOS 6 was only just released five months ago, followed by a couple of recent updates, but according to a study by Chitika Insights, since the release of iOS 6.1.1 on February 11, Apple’s newest iOS offering now accounts for 83.1% of all iOS web traffic in North America.
These stats have been derived from a sample of millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices from the Chitika Ad Network in the 24-hour period of February 12, 2013 in the U.S. and Canada.
In that 24-hour period, Chitika found that 28.8% of people were still using iOS 6, despite the two new updates to the software. 52.8% of people were running 6.1.0 and only 1.4% were using the most updated iOS 6.1.1, totalling 83.1% of people running iOS 6 or higher. 12.2% of people were running iOS 5 and only 5% were running earlier versions of iOS.
To compare this number, Google’s own statistics show that, globally, 42.6% of Android users are on Android version 4.0 or above. Android 4.0 was released back in October of 2011, while Android 4.1 was released in July 2012 and Android 4.2 in November 2012.
In looking at just the number of iPhones running iOS 6, Chitika found a slightly higher rate, running on 84.6% of iPhones in North America.
These numbers just really go to show the popularity of iOS 6 and how quickly iPhone and iPad users update to the latest version of iOS, especially when compared to Android software updates.
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