Apple claims iOS 7 is the most popular operating system in the world!

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced that the adoption rate for iOS 7 has ticked up a couple of points since the end of December, now standing at 80%. iOS 6 is installed on 17% of iOS devices, while iOS 5 and earlier is installed on 3%, according to the Apple Developer Portal (opens in new tab). That compares to what Apple says is single digit adoption of the latest version of Android, KitKat, and, when looked at individually, version to version, makes iOS 7 the most popular operating system instance in the world.

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Source: Apple Developer Portal (opens in new tab)

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • Something something something, forced update for app compatibility, something something something, not being able to restore the same version you already have installed, and having to upgrade after a restore...
  • Don't take Apple's word for it ... just ask google's 3 musketeers!
  • That's the name of the next version of Android!
  • Wow. I use iOS 7 on %100 of my devices. So, uh... Ok. Sent from the iMore App
  • lol. Seriously?
  • Is this real?
  • Something something Android does updates differently something something OEMs add "features" but the more they add the less like stock Android and the less likely the device is to receive an Android update something something devices still get updates from OEMs something something just not Android updates something something Posted via the Android iMore app
  • Only Apple could seriously claim this when they don't give the user a choice on whether to update or not. Sent from the iMore App
  • Does that matter, though? If they'd said iOS 6 last year would it have been any different? Is the world better served by having huge legacy Windows XP or Android Gingerbread install bases?
  • Yes the world is a much better place, it's called choice, freedom to choose what you want. Being forced into something and then claiming how 'popular' it is, it's not popularity it's lack of choice. Legacy or not people don't always like the newest thing out (including iOS7 with it's constant daily crashes since launch), so if they want to keep an older version of something then so they should.
  • You're not forced uto use iOS 7. I know I wasn't and I upgraded because it seemed cool. Now if you were to bring up new devices well most new PCs coming out now are Windows 8.
  • Actually you are. Anytime you end up in a restore situation>>must update. Persistent settings notification, notification during sync, etc. Sure it could be about making casual users aware of the update, but I definitely feel it being crammed down my throat-all because of OTA. Posted via the Android iMore app
  • You are free to 'downgrade' to an older version of windows though if that's your choice. When it comes to iOS if you don't want to call it forced then your pretty much tortured into accepting it, which I call forced.
  • I use iOS7 on all my on 100% on devices and every one in my house
  • This is if they have ranked the separate versions of Android individually, right?
  • Exactly right.
  • This is not a surprise. It will become better with some updates. Sent from the iMore App
  • Most installed per version does not mean most popular. Great marketing speak though.
  • Seriously. Very few people bother to properly explain or contextualize share numbers, which makes most of them of little to no value. Apple was basically positioning the value of iOS again — we have high value, highly engaged customers on our highly targetable platform!
  • That, they do.
  • I know people with iOS 5 -_- Sent from the iMore App
  • I know people with iOS 5 -_- Sent from the iMore App