Apple plays the fragmentation card again, 93% of iDevices on iOS 6

Apple plays the fragmentation card again, 93% of iDevices on iOS 6We heard a few digs about Android fragmentation at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) a couple of weeks ago, and the Californians have again stressed just how united the iOS user base is.

This time we’re seeing a lovely blue pie chart, indicating that 93% of customers are on the latest version of Apple’s operating system, namely iOS 6.

The pie chart appears over on the iOS Dev Center, and reading between the lines, the implication seems to be that it’s remarkably easy to reach the majority of iDevices in one fell iOS 6-flavoured swoop.

Meanwhile, over in Android world, it’s a significantly more complex story.

The dominant version of Android is still Gingerbread (Android 2.3) on 36.5%. It first appeared in late 2010. Not far behind it is 2011’s Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) with 25.6% share.

Apple plays the fragmentation card again, 93% of iDevices on iOS 6As for the latest version of Mountain View’s OS, Jelly Bean, it accounts for 33% when combining Android 4.1 and Android 4.2. Android 4.3 is lurking in the shadows, and Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0) is expected later in the year. Oh dear.

The problem is that there are hundreds and hundreds of Android devices, and inevitably some get left behind in favour of the latest models.

On the plus side, it’s the vast array of devices that has helped Android secure its position as the world’s most popular smartphone operating system.

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Stelph  Jun. 24, 2013 at 15:15

What would be more interesting would be delving a little deeper into the fragmentation, for example, what version of iOS6 are people on? I would imagine there are a significant proportion on 6.1.2 since that was the last "jailbreakable" iOS

martyn_3000  Jun. 24, 2013 at 15:17

I'd imagine most are just on the initial iOS 6.0, as that's what came preloaded on their new iphone 5

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2013 at 15:46

What would be more interesting would be delving a little deeper into the fragmentation, for example, what version of iOS6 are people on? I would imagine there are a significant proportion on 6.1.2 since that was the last "jailbreakable" iOS

Yes! 2 weeks after Evasion came out, Evasion had been used 25 million times.

Stelph  Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:57

What would be more interesting would be delving a little deeper into the fragmentation, for example, what version of iOS6 are people on? I would imagine there are a significant proportion on 6.1.2 since that was the last "jailbreakable" iOS

Yes! 2 weeks after Evasion came out, Evasion had been used 25 million times.


I wonder what fraction that is. Martyn also makes a good point, a couple of my friends also have no clue how to upgrade their phones so theyre on the original OS that it came with.

If you went down to the 0.1 level like they have for Android a whole world of fragmentation would present itself I imagine

lcurdie / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 12:55

What would be more interesting would be delving a little deeper into the fragmentation, for example, what version of iOS6 are people on? I would imagine there are a significant proportion on 6.1.2 since that was the last "jailbreakable" iOS

Yes! 2 weeks after Evasion came out, Evasion had been used 25 million times.


I wonder what fraction that is. Martyn also makes a good point, a couple of my friends also have no clue how to upgrade their phones so theyre on the original OS that it came with.

If you went down to the 0.1 level like they have for Android a whole world of fragmentation would present itself I imagine


I know what you mean, but with OTA updates and that niggling little '1' bubble on the Settings icon, I suspect a lot of users upgrade quite quickly.

Aha! ;) From February: iOS 6.1 hits 22% in 36 hours.

Stelph  Jun. 25, 2013 at 13:16

Yeah id have thought so too, but it doesnt seem to bother them (or at least it hasnt popped up to remind them) so although there is a quick pickup, id still say there would be a significant amount of fragmentation if you looked a little deeper

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 13:23

Yes. With iOS I notice more and more app developers appear to be sucking up to Apple?! Skype, ActionMail etc etc do not work with jailbreak devices anymore!
Skype, I'm sure is essential for many people who will now think twice before they jailbreak. Or they'll just buy Android instead.

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