PC Mag – Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, is now installed on approximately 60 percent of iPhones in the U.S. and Canada, according to new stats from online advertising firm Chitika.
iPhone users have been quickest to adopt the new mobile OS, followed closely by iPad users. iPod touch users have shown the lowest rates of adoption.
To reach its conclusions, Chitika took a sample of millions of mobile ad impressions on its network from Sept. 18 to Oct. 1 and compared the iOS 6 growth rate to total iOS Web usage. Just 11 days after iOS 6 was released, the new mobile OS was installed on nearly 50 percent of iPads and 39 percent of iPods.
“Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 6, has shown unprecedented adoption rates by Apple users,” Chitika found.
Apple released iOS 6 on Sept. 19 and those with compatible iDevices rushed to upgrade. Within a day, the new mobile OS had already been installed on 15 percent of iOS devices.
“Overall, this data points to Apple doing an outstanding job of keeping their user base up-to-date with the latest OS,” according to Chitika.
In comparison, new data shows that only about 1.8 percent of Android devices are running the most recent version of the mobile OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. About 23.7 percent of gadgets now have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The difference, of course, is that Apple only offers the iPhone and controls the updates itself, whereas multiple handset makers offer Android devices and those upgrades are in the hands of the carriers.
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, has been widely criticized for mis-labeling cities, leaving out landmarks, duplicating islands, and more. Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the problems users were experiencing with the app.