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iOS 9 installed on more than 50 percent iDevices; Software download expected to increase despite bugs

September 28
9:48 PM 2015

iOS 9 is Apple's fastest operating system downloaded in more than 50 percent of iDevices since its official release. The number of iOS 9 downloads is expected to increase despite bugs reported by users who have installed the software.

Apple Insider reported that iOS 9 is the "fastest adoption in Apple history", with over more than 50 percent of Apple users downloading the latest OS in their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch handsets. The data was based on the number of access to the App Store on September 19.

Marketing chief Phil Schiller stated that iOS 9 will be the most downloaded OS in the history of Apple. Other data firms' estimates only place the number at 20 to 36 percent, lower than Apple's report. iOS 9 was able to beat Android 5.0 Lollipop adoption, with only 21 percent of installs since its launch according to Google.

However, Apple users reported experiencing issues with iOS 9 according to CNET. Tweeter user Isaac Miltimore said in a tweet that his apps are crashing since he updated his OS. iOS 9 had the same problem with iOS 8 which was complained of causing problematic Wi-Fi connection and shorter battery life.

Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said that bugs are expected to appear with the launch of a new operating system. According to Munster, the number of iOS 9 installs will keep increasing amidst bug reports. As more users send information about iOS 9 issues, Apple will be able to solve those problems faster.

Earlier reports such as that of Tech Times said that Apple's iOS 9 had around 20 percent download rate 48 hours after launch. The number was based on a report by Mixpanel, a third-party mobile data statistics company.

CEO Suhail Doshi of Mixpanel attributed iOS 9's fast adoption rate to its smaller download size compare to other OS. "One huge advantage Apple got right this year over last year was that the update is much smaller than last year (3.5x smaller) - Apple has empathy for its users who have nearly maxed out their space on their phones", Doshi said. "However, one issue for it being substantially slow compared to iOS 7 is that servers are having trouble keeping up right now as people update."

Apple's latest iOS 9 software boasts upgrades like iPad multitasking, a revamped News app, search and battery improvements, and a smarter Siri. iOS 9 is supported on fifth-gen iPod touch, iPad 2 and latest iPads, and iPhone 4s up. It can be downloaded via iTunes or via OTA update in iOS Settings' Software Update.

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