Apple shares iOS 16 adoption statistics

With less than a week before new major iOS is going to be presented Apple provides iOS 16 adoption statistics.

90% of all devices introduced in the last four years use iOS 16.

81% of all devices use iOS 16.

76% of all devices introduced in the last four years use iPadOS 16.

71% of all devices use iPadOS 16.

Apple Developer

Adoption grew quite significantly since beginning of the year.

Apple Developer: App Store

Reference: Apple Shares Latest iOS 16 Usage Statistics for iPhone Ahead of WWDC

Apple publishes iOS 16 adoption rates

Apple publishes iOS and iPadOS 16 adoption rates on Developer website.

According to Apple, iOS 16 is now installed on 81% of modern devices and 72% of all compatible devices. iOS 15 is installed on 15% and 20% respectively.

iPadOS 16 is running on 53% of modern devices and 50% overall. iPadOS 15 powers 39% modern and 37% of all compatible iPads.

These numbers show that projects targeting iPad still need to consider supporting previous major iPadOS releases.

Apple Developer Support: App Store

Reference: Apple reveals iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 usage stats for the first time

iOS 16 adoption is better than iOS 15 was

Mixpanel report provides iOS 16 adoption numbers – more than 25% on September 23. This adoption rate is an improvement compared to iOS 15 adoption last year.

10 days after launch in 2021, iOS 15 was installed on just 19.3 percent of devices, as ‌iPhone‌ owners at the time seemed more reluctant to upgrade due to some early bugs. ‌iOS 16‌ may also be more appealing because of the visual changes that it introduces. 



iOS 15 is installed on 89% of modern iPhones

Just days before iOS 16 announcement Apple's iOS 15 is reported to be installed on 89% of iPhones sold in last four years, 82% of all active devices.

Mixpanel reports 86% of devices running iOS 15.

iPadOS 15 is running on 79% of modern iPads, and 72% of all active devices.

Apple Developer: App Store

Mixpanel: iOS 15 adoption


Apple confirms that iOS 14 security updates were temporary measure

Apple confirmed that users will get security update for previous iOS release for some amount of time and then should proceed with update to iOS 15.

If you're using iOS or iPadOS 14.5 or later, you might now see the option to choose between two software update versions. This option allows you to choose between updating to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS 15 as soon as it's released, or continuing on iOS or iPadOS 14 while still getting important security updates for a period of time.

Apple Support

Currently, it is expected that users will need to upgrade to iOS 15.

Apple Support: Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch


iOS 15 adoption rate is slower than iOS 14 was year ago, 72% of modern devices now

Apple updates adoption numbers on App Store developer site. iOS 15 is currently on 72% of recent devices and just 63% of all compatible devices. Numbers for iPadOS are lower – 57% and 49% correspondingly.

This adoption rate is actually expected. Apple allowed users to stay on iOS 14 and receive security updates without getting the latest release.

However, it seems that now Apple is actively pushing users to update to iOS 15.

9to5Mac was able to confirm that devices running iOS 14.8 or previous versions of the operating system can no longer be updated to iOS 14.8.1. Instead, the Software Update menu only shows the iOS 15.2.1 update. Previously, iOS 15 was shown as an optional update, while users could just install iOS 14 security patches.


Apple Developer: App Store


Survey shows that 87% of US teenagers use iPhone

Survey report shows that 87% of US teenagers use iPhone.

Both the 87% iPhone ownership and 88% intention to purchase an iPhone metrics are near record highs for our survey. We view the elevated penetration and intention are important for a maturing premium smartphone market. In addition, these trends are encouraging as the company continues to introduce new 5G iPhones, which could provide a significant product cycle refresh. We think these positive trends can also be a catalyst for further services growth as well, as the install base for Apple hardware continues to grow.

Piper Sandler

Analyst firm Piper Sandler's approximately twice yearly survey of teenagers in America shows that iPhone ownership is up 1% to 87% since its last report. At the same time, the new figures claim 88% of teenagers say their next phone will be an iPhone, which is down 1% from the last report.


Report: Taking Stock With Teens

Reference: Gen Z survey says 87% of US teenagers own an iPhone