People are downloading iOS 16 faster than iOS 15

iOS 16 lock screens
Apple iOS 16 lock screens (Image credit: Apple)

iOS 16 is flying by iOS 15, but iOS 14 appears to have the last laugh.

According to analytics firm Mixpanel, iPhone users are installing iOS 16 on their phones much faster than they installed iOS 15 last year. The data shows that, after the first day of availability, iOS 16 beat out iOS 15 in terms of adoption. Neither, however, surpassed iOS 14.

According to Mixpanel (, a leading product analytics solution, the adoption of iOS 16 is slightly faster than that of iOS 15.  After 24 hours of availability, iOS 16 has been downloaded by 6.71% of users, compared to iOS 15 being downloaded by 6.48% during the first day.  Both updates trail iOS 14, which was downloaded by 9.22% of users on its first day of availability.

iOS 16 adoption rate

iOS 16 adoption rate (Image credit: Mixpanel)

That's not surprising since iOS 14 was the first update that started to allow more customization to the iPhone home screen. We all remember the flood of custom icon packs people were buying to completely change the look of their home screens.

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro need an iOS 16 update

iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Plus

iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Plus (Image credit: Apple)

Speaking of iOS 16, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will need an immediate update when customers get them in hand on Friday, September 16. iOS 16.0.1 is an update that all iPhone 14 models will need right away in order to fix the following issues:

  • Fixes an issue with activation and migration during set up of iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
  • Photos may appear soft when zooming in landscape orientation on iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Enterprise single sign-on apps may fail to authenticate

The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max will launch on Friday, September 16. In addition, the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE (2nd generation) will also launch tomorrow. The iPhone 14 Plus won't be available to customers until October 7.

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.