The latest major version of Apples mobile operating system is now powering around 68 percent of active compatible devices.
Thats according to the newly updated distribution chart shown on Apples developer portal (via iDownloadBlog), which visualizes data measured by the App Store yesterday, Jan. 5, 2015. The chart additionally indicates that iOS 8s predecessor, iOS 7, accounts for about 29 percent and earlier versions are still installed on about 4 percent of iOS devices.
The previous chart posted by Apple had iOS 8 adoption at 64 percent as of Dec. 22, 2014.
Of course, the most recent rise in iOS 8 adoption, amounting to 4 percentage points, may be largely due to the new iOS devices that were given and received over the holidays, which come preinstalled with iOS 8. Apple is expected to announce another record holiday quarter during its conference call for its Q1 2015 financial results on Jan. 27.
iOS 8 adoption
But even at 68 percent, iOS 8s adoption still pales in comparison to that of iOS 7, which was measured at 78 percent at around the same time last year.
The relatively slow adoption of iOS 8 is mainly attributed to the disaster that was iOS 8.0.1 and the softwares large storage space requirement, which has prompted some users to file a potential class action lawsuit against Apple.