iOS 12, Apple’s mobile operating system, has been out for a little over a month. As of October 10, half of active iOS devices have adopted it.
The Cupertino, California-based company frequently updates the number of devices on its OS based on App Store data and the latest numbers claim that 50 percent of active iOS devices run some version of iOS 12. As for iOS 11, 39 percent of devices run the older the operating system. Meanwhile, 11 percent of active devices are using an even earlier version.
It’s great news for Apple, as the majority of devices are staying on its most up-to-date software a month after its launch. The debut of iOS 12 provided users with a ton of new features including an increase in device performance, and long overdue updates to a host of apps including Photos, News, and Stocks.
iOS 12 is compatible with the largest variety of Apple devices everywhere — the 5-year-old iPhone 5S being the oldest device to receive the update. You can check out our full list of all iPads and iPhones that support the latest OS.
iOS 12 is currently available for download on all 64-bit iPhone and iPad devices and apps, but (as with iOS 11) 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5C and the iPad Mini are not compatible.
With iOS 12, users see incremental changes ranging from Siri suggestions and new Animojis, to ARKit 2.0 and grouped notifications. The iPhone XS and XS Max will also soon have eSim functionality (which is currently in beta) with the launch of iOS 12.1. Users can take advantage of the dual-SIM feature on both iPhones without the requirement of a second physical SIM card.
To help manage smartphone usage, Apple also launched Screen Time. Similar to Google’s Digital Wellbeing, the new feature provides users with a summary of their smartphone use, and the ability to set time limits on specific apps.
Even though a large number of devices are up-to-date, this doesn’t mean iOS 12 operates flawlessly. In the month since it’s been released, a very small number of issues have been reported by users.
Apple maintains tight control over its operating system and hardware, which allows the company to see high adoption rates of its latest software. Google’s Android version updates, on the other hand, have to be released by a myriad of manufacturers and then by carriers if the device is locked.
Updated on October 24, 2018: We’ve updated this article with the latest iOS distribution numbers.
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