Nearly three-in-five iPhones already running iOS 15

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

  • iOS 15 was only released on September 20.
  • Mixpanel figures suggest nearly 60% of all iPhones are running the software.
  • Less than 5% of iPhones are running software older than iOS 14.

New figures from Mixpanel indicate that iOS 15 is now running on nearly three in five iPhones, having only been released in September.

As first noted by MacRumors, MixPanel says that 58.77% of iPhones are running iOS 15 since it was released on September 20. The graph shows a very steady and consistent update from release until now, with iOS 15 surpassing iOS 14's share the week commencing November 22. As of Monday, 38.62% of iPhones were running iOS 14, leaving less than 5% of iPhones running software that is older than iOS 14, a pretty remarkable feat.

With yearly free updates and strong software/hardware optimization, Apple prides itself on having very low levels of software fragmentation across its product base. Figures from Apple provided in June stated that 90% of all iPhones from the last four years had iOS 14 on them, and 85% of all iPhones had the software. A similar picture is presented from the figures for Apple's best iPads.

If Mixpanel's figures are accurate Apple seems well on pace to replicate this success through this next year until the release of iOs 16, expected at WWDC in 2022.

Apple unveiled iOS 15 at WWDC this year, unveiling a new Focus mode to help users better manage their notifications in different settings. It also brought a redesign to Safari and iCloud Private relay. The software is the perfect complement to its new best iPhone, the iPhone 13, released in September with camera improvements and a new processor.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

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3 Comments
  • Unless your iPhone doesn't support it or you have an important app that isn't updated for ios15, you should be updated to 15. Security vulnerabilities are a fact of life for OSs yet some people just don't understand this reality. To put it as succinct as possible: your phone has access inside your home network, your texts, your emails, potentially your passwords, your financial information. So you'd leave that vulnerable because....?
  • “… your phone has access inside your home network, your texts, your emails, potentially your passwords…” Only if you turn on wi-if. Don’t care about texts, nothing interesting there. Emails? You store passwords on your phone? You store financial information on your phone?
  • Hmm ... I remember times, when a new iOS was adopted by far more than 90% of the users within one or two weeks. And no, I don't compare with Android, since that's a complete different situation. I find 60% rather poor for iOS but I wouldn't wonder if Apple 'CSAM flaw' has still some impact. Trust is lost quickly and regaining it is hard. I like iOS 15 though :).