User adoption of Apple’s new iOS 9 operating system has hit 70 percent, new figures released by the tech giant show.
According to Apple’s App Store data, 70 percent of Apple devices were running iOS 9, while another 22 percent were still on iOS 8 and eight percent were on earlier versions as of November 30.
The iOS 9 adoption rate trumps that of iOS 8, which was only at 60 percent as of the end of November 2014, but lags slightly behind the 74 percent adoption rate of iOS 7 in November 2013.
According to TechCrunch, the OS distribution metrics are significant because the high adoption of iOS 8 and iOS 9 will allow developers to drop support for iOS 7 and incorporate new APIs to enhance app functionality.
iOS 9’s swift acceptance also blows the adoption rate of Android’s Marshmallow OS out of the water.
Released in October, Marshmallow was only measured to be running on 0.3 percent of devices that visited the Google Play Store app at the start of November.
By comparison, just over a quarter of devices were running a version of Android’s Lollipop OS, which was first released in the fall of 2014, 29 percent were running a version of Jelly Bean, first released in the summer of 2012 and nearly 38 percent were on Kit Kat, which was first rolled out in the fall of 2013.