It looks like Apple’s newest version of its popular mobile operating system is ready to face the public, possibly being unveiled at the media event planned for September 10th. Currently, almost all iPhones and iPads are operating on iOS 6, the last version to be offered from the tech giant. Users are looking forward to the release of the new system because it means faster processing and new features to play with.
Usage Varies by Device Type
Chitika, an ad network, has recently posted its findings regarding iOS distribution among current iPhone and iPad devices. They found that iOS 6 is currently installed on approximately 92% of iPhones, with iPads lagging slightly behind at 82%. The older version of the system, iOS 5, barely accounts for any usage. It is currently being used on about 13% of iPads, but a paltry 5% for iPhones. The differential could be due to iOS 6 being a bit more “mobile friendly” than iOS 5 and therefore better for iPhones but not so much better for iPads.
Chitika analyzed data collected on iOS-based ad impressions during the period of August 15 through August 21. The company states that it analyzed data from “tens of millions” of these impressions in order to have a solid basis for its numbers. These numbers are pretty much what was expected by Apple ahead of its iOS 7 debut but slightly lower than the numbers found in and identical study carried out in June. The drop is generally thought to be due to iOS 7 Beta making an impact with developers.
Anticipation Runs High for iOS 7
The next generation of iPhones, being unveiled September 10th, will be pre-loaded with the new iOS 7. Apple followers also expect the new operating system to be released for use on iPhone 4, 4S and 5 devices at the same time that iOS 7 is unveiled on the next-gen handsets. This will cause major changes in the distribution of operating systems on the company’s devices as occurred last year when iOS 6 was released.
As previously reported here, iOS 7 is looking at some small changes that make a big difference. Many users are anticipating the release just so they can get their hands on the new updated features. Folders, Safari, lock screen accessibility updates and other small tweaks in the system promise to deliver a more user-friendly iOS. While some fans are disappointed that Siri doesn’t get an update, they are more than happy to explore the differences offered by the new iOS version.