The numbers are impressive if you also look at “older” iPhones. About 63% of iPhones launched more than four years ago are running iOS 15. 30% have iOS 14 while 7% of older iPhones are running an earlier version.
How Google and Android compare
Google had stopped frequently revealing Android adoption numbers. However, on November 21, it was revealed that the most popular OS version on Android phones was Android 12. Online reports suggest that 26.5% of Android phones are running Android 10. Android 10 was launched in 2019 and is still popular on a quarter of smartphones. Android 11 came in second place with around 24.2% of devices running the version. Android 12, which is Google’s latest version, was not on the list at the time. But many brands have started rolling out Android 12 updates, although the adoption process is still quite slow.
Older versions of Android are still very popular on devices. Android 9 Pie was on 18.2% of devices while Android 8 Oreo was on 13.7% of devices. Looking at the numbers, many older versions of Android seem to still be on many phones. For example, the 2018 version of Android — Pie — is on 18.2% of phones while Android 8 Oreo is on 13.7% of smartphones.
Many brands follow their own timelines when it comes to rolling out Android updates. They have a roadmap that usually involves premium phones getting the latest Android update first, with other models lagging slightly behind. Apple clearly doesn’t have this problem and continues to have an advantage over Google and Android.