It’s been nearly three weeks since Apple introduced iOS 8, but fewer than half of iPad and iPhone users have installed it. This is significantly slower than the adoption rate for the previous two versions of the OS.
Although iOS 8 has a range of new features and is available as a free, over-the-air update to all but the first iPad and iPhones older than the 4S, just 38% of users downloaded it in its first 20 days of availability, according to market-research firm Fiksu. This is dramatically less than its predecessors: iOS 7 had a 59% adoption rate during the same time period, and iOS 6 was on 58% of Apple tablets or phones at this point.
There are a number of possible reasons why people are holding off. For one, many published reports complain of numerous bugs in iOS 8, some of which were fixed while others remain. Also, the new OS can take almost 6 GB of available space on an iDevice, which forces many people to delete large numbers of stored images, songs, and apps.
While iOS 8 is doing poorly compared to earlier versions, it’s doing fantastically well compared to the latest version of Android – nearly a year after the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, the OS has an adoption rate of just 24%.