Apple has revealed that iOS 7 has seen an impressive 78 per cent adoption rate since it rolled out in September, an increase of four percentage points from data released in early December.
In a change to its developer website at the end of December, Apple revealed that its newest mobile operating system is now running on 78 per cent of iOS devices, according to data collected over the 7-day period ending 29 December. That's up from the 74 per cent Apple boasted at the beginning of December. The increase comes at the expense of iOS 6, which dropped from a 22 per cent share to a 18 per cent share of devices. Just four per cent of iPads, iPhones and iPod touches are still running earlier versions of iOS.
That's an impressive figure to reach within just a few months. Apple released the significantly redesigned iOS 7 on 18 September alongside its new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
According to Chitika Insights, iOS 6 had reached about 71 per cent adoption by 17 December 2012, after being released on 18 September of the same year, so iOS 7 has seen a better adoption rate than its predecessor.
By comparison, Google said in September that only about 45 per cent of Android users were running Jelly Bean, the latest mobile operating system from the company at the time.
According to a post on Apple's developer website, all developers will be required to submit apps that are compatible with iOS 7 and built with Xcode 5 as of 1 February, as the company pushes iOS 7 further.
Meanwhile, the evad3rs hacking team has released a long-awaited jailbreak for Apple devices running iOS 7, but the release generated a backlash over its bundling of a Chinese app store instead of the more popular Cydia app directory.
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