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iOS 13 is already installed on more than 50% of all iPhones

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What you need to know

  • Apple has released adoption numbers of iOS 13
  • 55% of all iPhones introduced in the last four years already use iOS 13
  • 41% of all iPads introduced in the last four years use iPadOS

Apple has released iOS 13 adoptions numbers on its developer website (opens in new tab) today. Reported by 9to5Mac, Apple says that iOS 13 is already running on more than half of all currently used iPhones. Compared to iOS 12, iOS 13 is being adopted at the same speed for all iPhones but is actually getting installed about 3% faster for iPhones introduced in the last four years.

Apple has broken down the adoption numbers into two categories: devices introduced in the last four years and all devices. As of October 15, 2019, 55% of all iPhones introduced in the last four years already use iOS 13, while 38% run iOS 12 and 7% are still running earlier operating systems.

iPhone iOS 13 adoption

When you branch out into all iPhones currently being used that number drops, but only by a little. Currently, 50% of all iPhones, no matter when they were released, now use iOS 13, while 41% run iOS 12 and 9% are still running an earlier OS.

Apple has also released install numbers for the newly released iPadOS, Apple's new iPad-specific operating system that was introduced this year at WWDC 2019. As of today, 41% of all iPads introduced in the last four years use iPadOS, whereas 51% still use iOS 12 and 8% still use earlier versions.

iPad iOS 13 adoption

When you expand that to all iPads, regardless of release date, 33% of them are now using iPadOS. Around 51% are still using iOS 12, and 16% are still on earlier versions of the software.

These numbers were calculated by Apple through the App Store and reported on their developer website (opens in new tab). Since iOS 13 was released about a month ago, the software has already seen four updates to fix various bugs and performance issues. iOS 13.2, which will bring more updates and new emojis, is currently in beta testing with developers and those signed up through the Apple Beta Software Program (opens in new tab).

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

5 Comments
  • I don't think they could say the same thing about macOS Catalina. Its the worst macOS update I can ever remember in years. So many problems and the new iTunes apps are so completely terrible. I've always updated to the new OS but this is the first time I have no plans to. Updating caused so many problems here. Even the new tvOS has been bothering me by putting subtitles in the middle of the screen. I was able to put that back to the previous tvOS but couldn't on my phone. Apple keeps pulling the signing on past firmware way too quickly. At least give us a chance to try it and then go back if we don't like it.
  • I can't say I agree about the upgrade process. I upgraded a 3 year old iPhone 6s and 6 year old MacBookPro Retina last night. After backing up my phone to the Mac and Mac to TimeCapsule, it was flawless upgrade for both, except the 3 Reminders that I had on the Mac had to be retyped into the Reminders app after the upgrade. (then they synced with iPhone Reminders immediately), but the Install scripts reminded me of the Reminders incompatibility risk. The Catalina upgrade ran less than an hour after the download, much less than the horror stories of 3 and 5 hour and overnight installs that I've read about. Then I spent 15 minutes clearing out 32-bit apps that I hadn't used in ages.. Pretty much painless.
  • The upgrade process was fine for me also but after that the new iTunes apps were terrible. That's mainly what I was trying to explain. I know its not the same for everyone though but I have a lot of my own media in iTunes, around 17TB and the previous iTunes was good at letting me manage that and keep organized. The new apps make this so miserable.
  • I like the new iTunes apps, the separation makes sense especially for new users, although I don't like the fact that the TV app on Mac doesn't allow you to search your own library. Apple has always been against downgrading the OS, if you're unsure about upgrading you're best to wait until you have enough information (e.g. reading online or watching videos) or try the update on someone else's device
  • During the beta process no one online seemed to talk about macOS, its always iOS and so tired of this. So the only way to see how the new iTunes apps worked was to install it myself. I didn't mind doing this since I like running the current OS on my Mac but this is the first time I'm holding back. Just too many things are broken now or don't work. I don't think enough people cover macOS anymore on tech news sites or youtube tech channels. Its like they posted about it when the first public beta came out then nothing after that. Or they would show the new iTunes apps but not the library part which is where I spend all my time due to my large library. All they show is apple's stuff like Apple TV+, Apple Music and I'm sure that works fine since it is what apple sells us but wish we had a choice not to use all that. Everything now is so pushed toward apple and their content and services. I always preferred to use my library and manage that on my own. Now trying to do this is a very frustrating and miserable process so I'm staying in Mojave.