iOS 8 Bugs Put Off Users As Adoption Slows

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iOS 8 and iOS 7 are now neck and neck in terms of adoption says Apple

Ongoing issues with iOS 8 are slowing down adoption of the latest version of the operating system, with latest figures from Apple suggesting that 47 percent of devices are running the software – the same amount as iOS 7.

Traditionally, Apple users have been far more likely to accept software updates then their Android counterparts, but bugs, the absence of key features and even the disabling of cellular functionality have led many to stick with older versions.

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iOS 8 (7)Of course, the fact that iOS 8 is not compatible with the popular iPhone 4 has had an impact, but the company is likely to be concerned by the fact that adoption rates are not close to historic rates.

Developers too are likely to be concerned that iOS may become more fragmented with different screen sizes and operating systems, much like Android. With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with the possibility of a larger iPad to come, the iOS ecosystem is becoming more diverse.

It is worth pointing out though that Virgin Media saw the busiest day ever on its cable network following the launch as users flocked to download the update.

The most recent version of the platform, iOS 8.0.2, aimed to remedy a number of bugs in the original release, including an issue affected the HealthKit framework that prevented many of the health and fitness features from working at launch, and repaired damage caused by the catastrophic iOS 8.0.1 which removed the ability to make and receive calls in the iPhone 6.

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