iOS 16 proved to be more popular than iOS 15 last year

iOS 16 proved to be more popular than iOS 15 last year

iPhone users are adopting iOS 16 at a faster pace than iOS 15 last year, according to updated data from analytics firm Mixpanel. Nine days after launch, “iOS 16” is installed on about 23.26% of iPhones.


10 days after launch in 2021, iOS 15 was installed on just 19.3% of devices as “iPhone” owners at the time seemed to be reluctant to update due to some early bugs. ‌iOS 16‌ could also be more attractive due to the visual changes it introduces.

There’s a redesigned lock screen for a lot more customization than before, as well as lock screen widgets. ‌iOS 16‌ also includes features like iMessage editing and unsending, which may encourage people to upgrade.

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Currently, Apple allows ‌iPhone‌ users to stay on iOS 15 if they wish by providing security updates, and an upgrade to ‌iOS 16‌ is not yet required. Apple did the same last year with the release of iOS 15, allowing people to stay on iOS 14 for about four months after the update went live.

The upcoming iOS 16.1 update will add notable features such as “Live Actions” for the lock screen and changing the battery indicator in the status bar, and once this update releases in October, we may see a notable surge in “iOS 16” adoption.

With adoption of iOS 16‌ growing by the hour, iOS 15 is currently installed on approximately 66.96% of devices, while 9.77% of devices continue to run an older version of iOS. Mixpanel data comes from visits to websites and apps using the Mixpanel analytics SDK, so the numbers fluctuate and are not official.

Apple has yet to provide details on how many devices are running ‌iOS 16‌, but Mixpanel’s data hasn’t historically been too different from the actual numbers.

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