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iOS 6 adoption surges with 15 per cent of Apple iDevices updating in first two days

Apple's iOS 6 is now installed on approximately 15 per cent of iOS devices, less than two days after the new mobile OS made its debut, according to statistics released by Chitika yesterday.

Apple released iOS 6 around 18:00 BST on Wednesday, and those with compatible iDevices rushed to upgrade, resulting in some network slowness throughout the afternoon. It appears that a good number of those users succeeded in updating to iOS 6, however, as adoption skyrocketed within hours.

"Pre-release iOS 6 exhibited low levels of usage due to developer activity. Following its release during the afternoon of September 19th, adoption levels soared despite high loads on Apple's servers," Chitika found.

To reach its conclusions, Chitika took a sample of millions of mobile ad impressions on its network on 19 September and 20 September, and compared the iOS 6 growth rate to total iOS web usage.

"This level of adoption is a significant development and a testament to the vertical product structure Apple dedicated itself to, particularly when compared to Android's latest operating system (Jelly Bean) which only saw a 1.5 per cent adoption rate within its first two months," Chitika said.

That might not be a valid comparison, however, given that Android updates are controlled by the carrier and handset maker. If Google pushed Jelly Bean to all Android devices at one time, users would likely rush to upgrade like iPhone owners did with iOS 6.

Despite the crush of users who upgraded to iOS 6, not everyone was pleased. A chief complaint was the lacklustre Apple Maps app, which replaces the Google Maps app.

For a more enthusiastic slant, see the iOS 6 review.