iOS 7 woos 85 percent of all iOS devices

The new figure shows healthy growth from the 78 percent recorded at the end of 2013, according to Apple’s latest stats.

iOS 7
iOS 7 Luke Westaway/CNET
iOS 7 is now home to 85 percent of all iOS devices.

The stats come directly from Apple itself, which measured its own App Store data during the seven-day period ending Sunday, March 23. The latest number, which applies to iOS 7 and higher, is up from the 78 percent seen at the end of December 2013 and the 74 percent from early December.

As a consequence, iOS 6 now holds just a 12 percent slice of the pie, down from 18 percent at the end of December. Versions earlier than iOS 6 now account for 3 percent of the action. But those older iOS versions won't disappear completely. iOS 7 does not support iPhones prior to the iPhone 4, iPods before the fifth-generation iPod Touch, or the original iPad.

Released on March 10, iOS 7.1 got off to a promising start based on data from mobile analytics firm Chitika. Looking at all Web traffic in North America generated by iOS devices, Chitika found that version 7.1 snagged a 12 percent share just 45 hours after its release.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
The best and worst quotes of 2014 (pictures)
A roomy range from LG (pictures)
This plain GE range has all of the essentials (pictures)
Sony's 'Interview' heard 'round the world (pictures)
Google Lunar XPrize: Testing Astrobotic's rover on the rocks (pictures)
CNET's 15 favorite How Tos of 2014