iOS users are less likely to switch from iOS 14 to iOS 15 than with previous updates. There is a logical explanation for this.
Apple has adoption rate figures of iOS 15, about four months after the rollout of the first public version. The numbers tell us that 72% of all iPhones released in the last four years have made the upgrade, with older models that still got the update included, that’s 63%. About 25-30% of all iOS users still stick to iOS 14, less than 7% have an even older version.
If we make a comparison with the figures for 2020, the first time Apple made adoption figures for iOS public, we can make a striking observation. Three months after the launch of iOS 14, the new version was already at 72% of all iPhones and at 81% if only recent models were included. The adoption of iOS 15 is therefore slower than with previous versions.
Slower adoption due to update policy adjustment
These figures must be viewed in the right perspective. Apple made an adjustment to its update policy with iOS 15. Unlike in previous years, the launch of a new version does not mean the end of the previous version. Those still using iOS 14 will not be able to take advantage of the new features that iOS 15 brings, but will still be eligible for regular security updates. The last update for iOS 13 was rolled out in September 2020.
So the slower adoption of iOS 15 does not have to show that iOS 15 is less popular than its predecessors. Apple will probably start pushing the persistent iOS 14 users more explicitly towards the new version in 2022. Yesterday the latest version iOS 15.2.1 was rolled out.
For the same reason, the adoption of iPadOS 15 is slower than planned. The numbers are even lower for the iPads. Overall, just under half of all iPads still in circulation have already upgraded to iOS 15. Do you already have iOS 15?