300 million devices running iOS 6

January 29, 2013

Nearly 60 percent of all iOS devices ever built by Apple are now running iOS 6, according to a release by Apple today.

iOS 6.1 — Apple’s first update to its iOS 6 operating system — became available for download today. The update allows for LTE support for more carriers, purchase movie tickets via Fandango by using Siri and lets iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs form iCloud. The 107 MB update hopes to bring “LTE support to more markets around the world, so even more users can enjoy ultrafast Safari bowling, FaceTime video calls, iCloud services, and iTunes and App Store downloads,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in the release.

Schiller also gave the impressive number of iOS 6 users.

During Apple’s most recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple to date has sold over 500 million iOS devices. If we put those pieces together we see that over half of every iOS device ever sold is now running the most recent version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Contrast that of course to Android where a scant minority of users are ever caught running the most recent iteration of Android.

That number was certainly assisted by the 75 million iOS devices sold in December, which all came with iOS 6, plus the 100 million upgrades that users took advantage of in the operating system’s update in the first week in September.

iOS wasn’t the only Apple product to receive an update today. Apple also updated its Apple TV, allowing users to use a bluetooth keyboard to type and search for movies and television shows.

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