For Apple’s iOS Owners, It’s Christmas In September

on September 18, 2012

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 iOS 6 will go live. For tech devotees, this is old news. But for the vast majority of iOS (iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad) users, iOS 6 will deliver about 200 gifts – some big and some small – to make their i-devices a bit more fun, a bit more useful, a bit more valuable.

If adoption goes as it did with iOS 5, we can expect to see iOS 6 on 60% or more of all iOS devices – including the now three year old iPhone 3GS – within a month or so. Due mostly to hardware constraints, not every device will support all the additions but all the devices will support the vast majority of the additions.

Compare that to Android. As of this date here are the adoption percentages for Android’s three most recent operating system updates:

— 01.2% Jelly Bean
— 20.9% Ice Cream Sandwich
— 77.0% Gingerbread or older

What good does it do Android to add great new features to their operating system if they can’t deliver those features to their users? It’s like buying Christmas presents and never letting anyone open them.

Operating System adoption is one of iOS’s greatest strengths and one of Android’s greatest weaknesses. When it comes to operating system updates, Apple is a bit of a Santa Claus…and Google is a bit of a Scrooge.