Apple’s latest mobile operating system is now on three out of four mobile devices in North America according to the latest analytics data by Chitika. That’s an impressive feat when you consider the OS was released just shy of three months ago.
Chitika gathered statistics between October 25 and November 18 based on ad impressions served to iOS devices. In a blog post earlier this week, the advertising firm said it is very likely that iOS 7 will continue to substantially outpace iOS 6 adoption, which reached 83 percent after being available for around six months.
Similarly, Apple’s own iOS developer site also shows 74 percent adoption based on the seven days leading up to December 1 as measured by the App Store.
iOS 7 adoption skyrocketed in the first week as some 50 percent of devices installed the update but since then, growth has been a bit slower. Even still, 74 percent adoption rate is solid in comparison to just 22 percent adoption rate of iOS 6 in the US and Canada.
Bragging rights are only half of the equation, however. With more people using a given operating system, developers will be more willing to code for a given platform. That’s even more important for iOS 7 as the massive overhaul brought with it a totally new visual experience and some nifty new developer tools.
iOS 7 is available as an upgrade for the iPhone 4 and newer, the iPad 2 and newer, both iPad minis and the fifth generation iPod touch.
The iPad Air is the fifth generation of Apple's highly remarkable tablet. It features a 9.7 inch Retina display and is powered by a 64 bit, A7 chip running iOS 7. Other features includes a 5MP camera that shoots HD video, an improved front facing FaceTime camera, Siri and dual microphones. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of storage. Last but not least, the iPad Air weighs only 1 pound.
The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 with nearly identical tech specs, a plastic-based exterior and 5 color choices, a first in the iPhone family. The 5C features the same 4" Retina display, A6 CPU, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera with better low light support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a higher capacity battery and support for more LTE bands.
The iPad mini with Retina display is powered by a 64 bit CPU with Apple's A7 chip, meaning it's just as powerful as the full sized iPar Air. The iPad mini with Retina Display comes in two versions, the Wi-Fi model and a cellular version. It comes in 16GB or 128GB configurations. The retina mini also comes in silver/white and black/space gray and features a 5MP camera.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
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