The Apple iOS 8 suffered from one of the slowest, and most challenging launches of any operating system Apple has released to date. Over the course of the two-month period, which was spent mostly compensating for the initial failures of the operating system – the company announced that 56% of devices have converted to iOS 8. The previous figures, which were released at the end of October revealed an adoption rate of just 52%.
While Apple has said that they expect those numbers to continue to climb, the adoption rate is significantly lower than what the company had hoped for the new operating system. However, between bugs and issues related to the devices themselves, like owners of the iPhone 4 and 4S who either can’t upgrade, or are unwilling to with the massive burden the operating system puts on the device, Apple’s growth isn’t just slowing to a crawl, but also is running into a glass ceiling.
Besides, the iCloud Drive is one of the reasons why the company is still holding out hope that a growth in the adoption rate will continue to be seen. Prior to the release of OS X Yosemite, the shared functionality across all Apple devices was limited and thus created a lack of necessity to update operating systems.
The company counted those users who visited the App Store on November 10th to determine the 56% adoption figure, but those numbers were in line with what the mobile analytics firm Mixpanel noted. On Wednesday, they published findings that noted a 58% share for iOS 8 and a 38% share for iOS 7.
While the growth might be slower than what the company hoped for, or was looking for, the last several months have proven to be a struggle for Apple – and even when it comes to updating operating systems – nothing is coming easy.
iOS 8.1.1 is said to be in beta-testing right now, and expected to be released in the coming weeks as well. Many have said that this operating system should further improve the overall function and performance of the operating system, and continue to enhance fixes on issues that were already addressed in iOS 8.0.