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iOS 7 Now Runs On 85 Percent Of Apple Devices

Michael Moore joined TechWeek Europe in January 2014 as a trainee before graduating to Reporter later that year. He covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and financial technology.

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User rate boosted by recent release of iOS7.1 upgrade earlier this month, according to Apple statistics

Apple has revealed new figures that show usage of its most recent operating system, iOS 7, has reached a new high.

Statistics on Apple’s App Store developer support page taken from a seven-day period ending last Sunday (pictured below) show that the most recent version of Apple’s operating system, released five months ago, is now present on 85 percent of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, an increase of five percent since the previous set of figures the company released in January.

The rise can be linked to the release of iOS 7.1 earlier this month, with Apple appearing to group usage figures for this and the original iOS 7 software together.

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Usage of iOS 6 has slipped to 12 percent, down from 17 percent in January, with earlier iterations of the software now present on just 3 percent of all devices.

Apple released iOS 7, which featured a completely redesigned interface, alongside its new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C devices in September 2013.

iOS 7.1, announced a few weeks ago, introduced support for Apple’s in-car system, CarPlay, along with a mixture of bug fixes and cosmetic updates. It also includes improvements and bug fixes for iPhone and iPad users, including security fixes following issues concerning several apps including Safari, FaceTime and the iTunes store, as well as killing a bug which caused the homescreen to crash and often made the device restart.

The high proportion of users migrating to the latest version of Apple’s software is additionally impressive when compared to figures from its largest competitor, Android. The most recent figures from Google showed that only 2.5 per cent of Android devices are running KitKat, the latest version of the operating system, while 62 per cent are running iterations of the earlier Jelly Bean version, although the reasons for this mainly concern hardware compatability.

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