iOS 8 adoption rate hits 68 percent

Apple’s iOS is now at home on nearly 70 percent of all iOS devices.

Releasing the latest figures on its App Store Distribution pageon Tuesday, Apple estimated iOS 8’s share at 68 percent, followed by iOS 7 at 29 percent and older versions collectively at 4 percent. The new stats show the percentage of iOS devices recorded at the App Store on Monday.

The latest share for iOS 8 shows continued growth from 64 percent on December 22, 56 percent on November 12, 52 percent on October 29 and 47 percent on October 5.

Numbers from mobile analytics firm Mixpanel show a similar uptake in iOS 8 with a 69.1 percent share as of Wednesday. Fellow analytics provider Fiksu shows a 64.9 percent share as of Monday.

Apple measures devices that upgrade to iOS 8 (currently iOS 8.1.2) as well as new devices that already come installed with the latest verson of the mobile operating system. So the January gain in iOS 8 adoption is likely due in part to consumers who received an iPhone or iPad for the holidays. But it also may be a sign that more people are willing to download the new version.Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 11.22.44 PM

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