The new Apple iOS 13, which was launched along with the iPhone 11, has not even been available for a month, however, the tech giant has confirmed that 50% of iPhones have already been updated to the new system operational, showing strong adoption by users
The data is even more surprising considering how Apple has broken down adoption rates. While half of virtually all iPhones in nature have been updated to the new operating system, taking into account that only iPhones launched in the last four years increase that rate to 55% (38% of them remain on iOS 12) . Therefore, no matter how it is measured, adoption is great.
Some older devices are not eligible to upgrade to iOS 13, so Apple's ability to achieve 50% adoption for all iPhones is a feat.
The new iPadOS is doing a little worse, with only 33% adoption of all iPads. Of the iPads launched in the last four years, 41% have updated to iPadOS. Part of what may be slowing down the updates is that the iPad is not in the same update cycle for customers, so there is likely to be a higher percentage of older devices that cannot be upgraded to iPadOS.
Ease of adoption
Apple's iOS 13 adoption rates are certainly aided by the company's strict control over the architecture and launch of iOS devices. Compare that to Android: Google can launch an update like Android 10, but users cannot update until the new operating system is customized by device manufacturers and then processed through mobile phone operators, causing months, if not the best part of a year, for the new version of Android to land on phones.
Many users are updating despite the new iOS 13 problems that arise. In this case, the new features can overcome the risk of problems. iOS 13 has introduced a dark mode that can benefit users with iPhone X or iPhone XS models with OLED screens, and iOS 13 introduces Apple Arcade. And of course, all new iPhone 11 models come with iOS 13 built-in.
Now, what remains to be seen is how fast Apple will move the beta version of iOS 13.2 that brings Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 cameras to a public release.