When new updates are released to computer and mobile phone operating systems, they typically take weeks, if not months to be mostly adopted by users. Take, for instance, Android 2.3. It’s still not used by many users who could download it for their Android phone. This slow adoption rate isn’t a problem for iOS 5.1, though, as an iOS developer has discovered how quickly the iOS 5.1 update has been adopted by iPhone users.
iOS 5.1, as you might recall, was first released to the public on March 7th. According to iOS developer David Smith, within five days of the release of iOS 5.1, an impressive 50% of his app’s users were operating under the iOS 5.1 version of iOS. But it doesn’t stop there: as of March 22, Smith has found that a whopping 77% of his app’s users have made the plunge to 5.1
What makes the quick adoption rate so impressive is the fact that iPhone and iPad users aren’t prompted on their device to download the update–they must manually check for it. Which in this case means that they’re aware of iOS 5.1 and want it on their iPhone or iPad. Not only that, but they’re willing to wait for the download to complete and the 5.1 update to install–which sometimes can take up to an hour or two to complete.
So what makes iOS 5.1 so desirable? For starters, as we recently reported, iOS 5.1 gives AT&T iPhone 4S users the 4G network icon. As we mentioned, though, this does not mean that the iPhone 4S users are getting true 4G; instead, they’re getting AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G network, which is still slower than 4G LTE.
Another thing that helps iOS 5.1’s adoption rate on the iPhone is the fact that it fixes the reported battery drain issues with the iPhone 4S. Many iPhone 4S iOS 5.1 users have reported considerably better battery life after downloading the update. The iOS 5.1 update also makes it quicker to take pictures with the iPhone 4S, 4 or 3GS, as the camera icon is always on the lock screen and the camera is ready to shoot pictures after dragging the icon up.
We’d expect that the iOS 5.1 adoption rate will only go higher from here on out. And if you’re one of the few users who are holding out on the iOS 5.1 update, you just might want to consider downloading it.