Apple now publishing iOS fragmentation data on developer site

By Jos · 7 replies
Jun 21, 2013
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  1. Mirroring a similar initiative by Google -- and perhaps intended as a swipe at Android -- Apple has started charting the state of iOS fragmentation on its public developer page. The data, collected from Apple’s App Store during the 14-day...

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  2. Well it's true that Android is fragmented with so many different providers and manufacturers.
  3. It boils down to the size of the changes. You can put out a new version every two years and have fewer versions, but people have to wait a long time for new features or you can put out versions faster so your users get newer functionality faster.

    The phone a user buys has the functionality they bought. If a phone does not upgrade to a newer release of software, the user still has all the functionality they bought.

    Do all versions of IOS work on all versions of iPhones?
    Do you have multiple vendors that make all types of different phones for Apple?
    Do you have the widest possible selection of phones and features with Apple?
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Wow IOS fragmentation is less than I expected.
  5. Id like to see a study asking if people would prefer to go back to an older version of iOS (or any operating system for that matter.

    I updated my iphone 4 to 5.1.1 and I noticed my device was much slower with general use, worse battery life (Yes, I turned off everything I didn't use) And it gave me features that I don't use like facebook integration and twitter.

    Fortunately I was able to downgrade because I was jail-broken before I updated...but I really hated 5.1.1.

    I wonder, if given the chance, would people revert back to an older version?
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  6. Don't forget!
    After the release of a new iOS all the updated apps will soon need the new iOS to function.
    So.... People upgrade.

    Not all Android apps need the new version of android to function.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Why is it that a lot of Apple users sign in as 'Guest'? Don't bother, I think I already know the answer to that question. If I was an Apple user, I'd also like to remain anonymous.
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    What we need is another two pie charts to provide some context: price-per-device and device-age.

    Without that, Apple can shove their stupid graph somewhere.

    "Oh, I updated to iOS 6, everything is laggy as hell, better upgrade to latest iPhone!"
    "Oh dear, 80% of the top apps don't work on my very outdated and insecure iOS5, I definitely must upgrade."

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