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72% of modern iPhones are running iOS 15, says Apple

Iphone 12 Pro Ios 15 Work Focus
Iphone 12 Pro Ios 15 Work Focus (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has updated its iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 device statistics.
  • 72% of modern iPhones are running iOS 15.
  • 57% of modern iPads run iPadOS 15.

Apple has today updated its iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 (opens in new tab) installation numbers to show how many iPhones and iPads have been updated to the latest version of their respective software. According to those numbers, 72% of modern iPhones are now running iOS 15 — that's devices that were released in the last four years, according to Apple.

That number shrinks to 63% when you consider all devices.

In terms of iPad, Apple says that 57% of modern devices are running iPadOS 15 while the number falls to 49% across all iPads.

The full list reads:

72% of all devices introduced in the last four years use iOS 15.

  • 72% — iOS 15
  • 26% — iOS 14
  • 2% — Earlier

63% of all devices use iOS 15.

  • 63% — iOS 15
  • 30% — iOS 14
  • 7% — Earlier

57% of all devices introduced in the last four years use iPadOS 15.

  • 57% — iPadOS 15
  • 39% — iPadOS 14
  • 4% — Earlier

49% of all devices use iPadOS 15.

  • 49% — iPadOS 15
  • 37% — iPadOS 14
  • 14% — Earlier

Those numbers do seem relatively low but that could simply be down to the fact that Apple now allows users to skip entire updates. It could be that people are simply not updating to iOS 15 and are rather installing security and bug fix updates to iOS 14 instead.

Apple is likely to announce iOS 16 during its annual WWDC event in June, assuming previous release cadences hold true of course.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

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  • It's amazing how Apple snuck on their embedded Nudity Detection software onto every iOS 15 device. Only 4 months ago Apple wanted to embed CSAM scanning onto every iOS device. Apple had to drop that because everyone was up in ARMS about their iPhones being scanned, but now Apple's Nudity Detection software can scan for the exact same child images, only this new nudity detection software can scan ALL nudity whether it is adult or child images, and pictures as well. Only this Nudity Detection can scan a users iMessages as well as their photos and other types of images. Apple said that this new Nudity Detection software will only scan kids iPhones, that their parents have activated for their kids iPhones, or iPads. However it's hundreds of megabytes of data, and code in order to scan for any of those nude images. Yet this software is now installed on every iOS 15 device. Ask yourself this one question, why install a large amount of AI data and software on every iOS device, if it's only going to be used on kids iPhones or iPads, especially if parents have to enable it? The percentage of Apple users actually enabling that Nudity Detection would be a miniscule amount. Yet Apple could easily enable that Nudity Detection software for any user that they want to track, especially since all that data and software is installed on every iOS 15 device. Apple indirectly got their CSAM installed, only it's not called CSAM today.