With all the bad press revolving around iOS 7, you’d expect it to be one of the least used betas yet, however, it seems that it is quite the opposite. According to a report from TechCrunch, by July 1st of this year, 0.28% of iPads were running iOS 7 beta, while iPhones were at 0.77% as of June 17th, a mere 7 days after the beta was released to developers. Compare that to iOS 6 last year, and you’ll find that by June 25th of last year, only 0.19% of iPads had iOS 6 beta installed on them, while only 0.38% of iPhones were running the beta software. This shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise, however.
The CEO of Onswipe, the company that is providing the information, believes that this shows that developers are more excited about getting their software ready for the new OS, and while this may be a part of the reason, it could stem from any number of possibilities. I think one reason that iOS 7 beta is so much more popular than previous beta releases of software, such as iOS 6, is the publicity that iOS 7 has been getting. Earlier betas were such smaller changes than what iOS 7 brings to the table, this truly is the biggest change in iOS’s history. Because of that, more people know about it, and more people want it. The average consumer is beginning to seek out iOS 7 now instead of simply waiting.
What do you think? Are you on iOS 7? If so, are you a developer or consumer? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.