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iOS 6 adoption to top 70 per cent following iPad mini, iPad 4 launch

More than 60 per cent of all iOS devices in North America are now running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 6, according to new data from online advertising firm Chitika.

Exactly one month after it was released, iOS 6 was installed on 61 per cent of all US and Canadian iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices, and UK adoption may be similar. To reach its conclusions, Chitika took a sample of hundreds of millions of mobile ad impressions on its network from 19 September to 19 October and compared the iOS 6 growth rate to total iOS web usage.

"We expect small gains for the OS in the coming weeks, with the possibility of iOS 6 usage touching 70 per cent once adoption peaks," Chitika wrote in a blog post. "The upcoming release of the iPad mini will likely accelerate this process."

At Apple's iPad mini event yesterday, CEO Tim Cook said that 200 million iOS devices are now running iOS 6.

"This is phenomenal. This is the fastest upgrade rate of any software in history that we're aware of," Cook said.

Apple released iOS 6 on 19 September and those with compatible iDevices rushed to upgrade. Within a day, the new mobile OS had already been installed on 15 per cent of iOS devices. After two weeks, iOS 6 adoption topped 50 per cent.

Though users eagerly upgraded to iOS 6, the new mobile OS hasn't been without its share of problems. By far the biggest issue is iOS 6 Maps, which has been widely criticised for wrongly labelling cities, leaving out landmarks, duplicating islands, and more. Recently, Cook apologised for the problems users were experiencing with the app, which replaced Google Maps as the native map app used in previous versions of iOS.

Apple also unveiled a new, fourth-generation iPad with 4G capability over in San Jose yesterday.