Five months since Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 10 was launched, approximately 79% of Apple’s mobile devices now have the operating system installed on them. This is according to data released by Apple and which was considered accurate as of February 20, 2017.

According to data obtained from App Store figures, there are about 16% of iOS devices that are still running on iOS 9, though. There is also another 5% of iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone devices that are running on a version of the iOS that is older than iOS9.

Faster adoption rates

In comparison to iOS 9, the adoption of iOS 10 has happened at a faster rate. This time last year, the adoption rate of iOS 9 was at 77%. The iOS 10 is expected to notch even higher figures given that iOS 10.3, which is a beta release at the moment, is slated for a release soon. Features that are likely to lure more adopters include a revamped file system and a new functionality for finding misplaced AirPods.

As has been the norm, the adoption of updates on Apple devices happens at a faster rate than is the case with Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android devices. The newest version of the Android operating system has, for instance, been installed on only 1.2% of the active devices running Google’s operating system for mobile devices. This is despite the fact that the operating system is now more than half a year old. An earlier version of the Android operating system, Android Lollipop, is now installed on slightly under 33% of mobile devices despite the fact that it is almost three years old.

Absolute control over hardware

This difference in adoption rates has been attributed to the fact that Apple has control not just on the software of its devices but also on its hardware. This is not the case with Android as, with the exception of a few devices, dozens of manufacturers are involved in the development of the hardware, a matter which Google has no say over.

In Wednesday’s trading session, shares of Apple Inc rose by 0.30% to close the day at $137.11.


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