Apple shares iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 adoption rates

According to adoption statistics shared by Apple for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, 81% of all iPhones from 2019 onwards are running the current software update. With the release of iOS 16 in September, this is the first time Apple has disclosed such figures. On February 14, it evaluated the rates by analyzing which devices made purchases in the App Store.

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Adoption of iOS 16 is ahead of iOS 15 based on stats shared by Apple

The adoption statistics shared by Apple reveal that while 15% of all iPhones still utilize iOS 15, 81% of those produced in the last four years run a version of iOS 16. 4% of iPhones are still running undisclosed previous iOS versions.

iOS 16 adoption rates

20% of iPhones are still on iOS 15, while 72% of all iPhones are running iOS 16. A previous version of iOS is present on about 8% of all iPhones.

iOS 16 adoption rates

As for iPadOS 16, 53% of all iPads released in the last four years are running iPadOS 16, 39% are running iPadOS 15, and 8% are running an older software version.

iPadOS 16 adoption rates

The percentages for all iPads are comparable, with 50% running iPadOS 16 and 37% running iPadOS 15, and 13% using an earlier version.

iPadOS 16 adoption rates

According to data released by the Cupertino tech giant in 2022, iOS 16 has a higher adoption rate than iOS 15. During the same period last year, iOS 15 was running on roughly 72% of iPhone models from the previous four years, approximately 63% of all iPhones.

In contrast, 39% of all iPad models had the software upgrade installed as of January 2022, while 57% of iPads released since 2018 were running iPadOS 15.

The decreased adoption rate of iPadOS 16 compared to iPadOS 15 may be explained by features like Stage Manager. Stage Manager is a multitasking feature that automatically organizes apps and windows, making it quick and easy to switch between tasks. It allows users to create overlapping windows of different sizes in a single view. Users can even drag and drop windows from the side, or open apps from the Dock to create groups of apps for a seamless, more efficient workflow.

The release of the headlining iPadOS 16 feature was pushed back month after month due to development issues. Some users still report issues with Stage Manager, however, Apple is committed to improving the feature.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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