iOS 15 adoption is slower than iOS 14 at launch – Are the new scanning features to blame?

After three months of beta testing, Apple rolled out the iOS 15 update to the public on September 20. However, iOS 15 adoption is slower than its previous version iOS 14 at launch. According to adoption data by Mixpanel, only 8.83% of users have upgraded to the latest iPhone software version. iOS 14’s adoption had hit 14.68% during the same time period.

iOS 15 iPadOS 15

Apple has introduced new widgets and customization options in iOS 14 which was an exciting feature for iPhone users as it allowed them to personalize their Home Screens for the first time. New Users Interface, privacy updates, Clips Apps, and other features made the iOS 14 update attractive.

iOS 15 is packed with innovative features like Live Text, immersive Apple Maps, FaceTime Call Spatial audio, and much more but all the features are not available on all compatible iPhone models. Although the latest update is compatible with iPhone 6s and newer models, the new exciting features like Home Keys, Live Text, require an A12 Bionic chip and later. Maybe that’s a reason for slow adoption.

Are the delayed scanning features affecting iOS 15 adoption?

At the expense of sounding like a conspiracy monger, Apple’s new scanning and analyzing features for CSAM detection and child protection might have impacted the adoption of the latest iOS version. The company had announced that the controversial child protection features will be released in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and software updates.

Although designed for an important cause, child protection, the new features’ functionality had vulnerabilities that could be exploited to turn iPhones into surveillance devices. The sound bite that got out was Apple will be analyzing and scanning my phone, might be keeping users on the edge. Having said that, it is too early to make an assessment and we should wait at least a month for more meaningful results.

iOS 15 compatible iPhone models

  • Phone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
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