Three weeks from the release of Apple iOS 8, only 47% App Store visits came from iOS 8. This means merely half of the iOS users upgraded to iOS 8 while other half i.e. another 47% users still use iOS 7, and remaining 6% users are even downgrading to earlier iOS versions. Such figures are unusual in case of iOS 8 due to rapid adoption of every new iOS release by ever-excited iPhone users. When iOS 8 made a debut, the OS installs soar by 46% in a matter of just 6 days. However, in the next 2 weeks, only 1% iPhone users added to the list resulting in 47% of iPhone population. What is the reason behind people still holding on to iOS 7 and not upgrading to iOS 8. Why iOS 8 has been sluggish in terms of upgrading ratio? Let us find out.

Incorrect facts

Apple iOS 8 installation figures are based on the number of visits to the App Store. However, do these numbers depict a clear picture of total iOS 8 installs? In most cases updates run automatically in the background without any need for users to visit the App Store. So many users actually install iOS 8 upgrades without even visiting the store. Looking from another perspective, most users visit App Store to install games and apps, not OS. Therefore, it is unfair to say that all those users who visit App Store certainly install iOS 8.

iOS 8.01

In order to cover up the damages made by iOS 8, Apple released iOS 8.01 after a week. It was intended to sort out the issues that encountered in iOS 8. Unfortunately, things did not went as expected. Because of iOS 8.01, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 became unusable due to the presence of iOS 8. To top at all, the news related to the botch update spread like wildfire. Later Apple helped users to downgrade OS from iOS 8.01 to iOS 8 by releasing iOS 8.02, but by then the damage had been done.


Users who jumped on to upgrading to iOS 8 early on faced a major issue of operating system taking up major space in a 16GB iPhone 5s. The reason being, most of them instead of installing updates from iTunes, eliminated a group of apps to accommodate the new OS. This resulted in iCloud taking a hell lot time to load and make a start. Very few people knew that it was wise to install updates rather than installing a whole new OS altogether. Such a thing lead to too many complaints related to the iOS 8 size. Because of this, many users preferred to skip iOS 8 and stick to their old iOS including iOS 7.

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As discussed above, this is what we think responsible for the sluggish adoption from Apple’s latest OS offering. There could be many such theories responsible that we have yet to discuss.