Just weeks after introducing iOS 11 before iPhone X’s launch, iOS 11 adoption has gone past 60-percent; more that 100 times Android’s latest, Oreo. Apple’s ability to put the latest iOS version on more iPhones and iPads is an underrated success story that amounts to a super power.
Upgrade Me, Baby
By the time iOS 12 rolls around late next summer, iOS 11’s adoption rate will hit about 90-percent of all iPhone and iPad users. I see this as important for a few reasons. First, it means older devices get to run many of the newer features each year. That makes older iPhones and iPads better than when they were new. Second, it means customers get the latest security updates and enhancements on an ongoing basis.
Here’s the Android skinny according to Google itself. Android 8.x, Oreo, the latest, has half a percent platform penetration. Last year, when Apple introduced iOS 10, Google introduced Android 7.x Nougat. That version has penetrated almost 24-percent of all Android devices. From 2015, Android 6.0 Marshmallow takes the largest share at almost 30-percent.
Think about that for a moment. That means most iPhones and iPads sold in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 are running iOS 11 which was released a few months ago. Now, compare that to Android smartphones from the same years.
Last year’s iOS 10 and this year’s iOS 11 account for about 92-percent of all iPhone and iPads on the planet. Here’s what that means.
First, Android device owners seldom get the security updates they need, and most definitely do not get the latest upgrade versions with new features. Instead, they’re stuck in the past and will only see new versions of Android when they buy a new device, and even then are likely to remain a year behind. Why? Most new Android-based smartphones sold today still run last year’s Android 7.x Nougat.
Second, it means Apple does a better job taking care of their customers with more frequent security updates and more frequent upgrades that work on devices going back four to five model years. Lucas Mearian compares both Android and iOS and came to a similar conclusion.
Then, there’s this:
While Android OS and Apple iOS make up nearly 94% of smartphone operating systems, Android is by far the dominant one for smartphones, capturing 73% of the smartphone market.
See the faulty math?
Google claims about 2-billion Android devices in the wild, while Apple claims more than 1-billion on iOS. That’s not 73-percent vs. 21-percent. The real math for installed base is closer to 65-35.
iPhone’s super powers are not limited to brand loyalty, camera, applications, or faster CPUs. iOS itself is a super power because customers with devices five model years old get upgraded to the latest iOS which brings new features and capabilities to older devices. That’s Android’s kryptonite.