Apple this week updated its support page for developers with new iOS adoption numbers indicating that 85 per cent of iPads, iPhones, and iPod touch devices are running iOS 7, six months after the mobile operating system made its debut. At this point, 12 per cent are still using iOS 6 while just 3 per cent are running an older version of Cupertino's mobile OS, such as iOS 5.
Apple's new numbers are based on visits to the App Store during a 7-day period ending on March 23.
Apple iOS 7 adoption has increased since December, when Apple reported that 74 per cent of users had installed the software while 22 per cent were still running iOS 6 and the remaining 4 per cent were using an earlier version.
Apple first released version number stats in June, shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook took shots at Android fragmentation during his Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote. Apple's iOS is in "stark contrast to the world of Android," he said at the time.
According Google's latest figures, 62 per cent of Android devices are now running Jelly Bean (versions 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3), while Android 4.4 KitKat is on just 2.5 per cent of gadgets. Nineteen per cent of Android users are still running the older Gingerbread (2.3) while 15.2 per cent are on Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).
Cupertino rolled out iOS 7 in September, days before the launch of its next-generation iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c . It is compatible with the iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above, iPad mini, and fifth-gen iPod touch, and Apple controls its iOS rollouts, whereas handset makers and carriers handle Android updates.
Apple's new stats fall in line with data released recently by online ad network Chitika, which found that iOS 7 was running on more than 80 pe rcent of North American iOS devices during a three-day study earlier this month. Chitika also found that 12 per cent of users had installed iOS 7.1, the latest update to the software featuring support for CarPlay, just two days after its release.