Last year's iOS 6 release was marred by the negative reactions to Apple's Maps, yet the OS quickly went on to be the most downloaded and used iOS ever. This year, iOS 7 arguably had more of a potential hindrance: a completely revamped UI. Yet Apple seems to have pleased almost everyone, with the iOS garnering praise from users and technology critics alike. Still, to see the analytics data from Mixpanel over the weekend is no less shocking: within 72 hours of its release, iOS 7 overtook iOS 6 as the iOS installed on the majority of devices.
Apple's press release today notes that "more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history." Guess Apple isn't doomed after all.
By 8 PM on Friday, September 20, iOS 7 was on 48.21 percent of iOS devices, compared to 47.58 percent for iOS 6. By today at 4 AM, that percentage had grown to 56.21 percent of devices. Those percentages are absolutely mind-blowing numbers for any OS adoption rate in such a short amount of time. They are particularly more impressive considering the massive changes iOS 7 has brought to iOS devices. No matter which way you slice it, it looks like Apple's software offerings this year have hit one out of the park.