Apple has revealed that 85 percent of iPhones and iPads are running its newest iOS 7 operating system.
Apple’s developer forum page shows there are now just 12 percent of machines left on the iOS 6 version of the platform. Only three percent of devices are running older versions of iOS (diagram left).
The fact that so many Apple devices are now using the newest operating system – less than a year since its launch in September 2013 – underlines the success Apple has in creating a more unified operating system environment across its devices.
By contrast, Android is frequently criticised for its fragmentation issues that pose numerous security issues and headaches for developers having to manage apps on numerous different platforms.
However, iOS 7 has not been a total success for Apple with many complaining about the design and new features that have been added. Many owners of the older iPhone 4 have also complained that the update makes their phones unworkable.
Furthermore Apple has had to release rushed security fixes for flaws that have been found in the system.
Apple recently updated the iOS 7 interface with several new features and functions for Siri and FaceTime, as well as general performance enhancements. It is not clear from Apple's data how many users are running this latest update.
Apple is expected to unveil information on its next version of the platform, likely to be called iOS 8, at its developer conference later this year. Some rumours suggest a new health-focused app called Healthbook will be added.
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