iOS support from Apple compared to Android in staggering chart



A chart from published yesterday has made a visual attempt to showcase Apple’s incredible support for iOS on the iPhone, in comparison to the fragmented mess of Android updates. The chart shows how well supported each device is after each year of its lifespan.

As you can see, Apple’s iPhone is incredibly well supported, with all its devices receiving support well into their fourth year of release, it will be interesting to see whether this continues as Apple’s iPhones get older.

In  comparison, 10 out of 16 Android devices were discontinued less than or equal to a year after their release. 6 out of the 16 devices never ran a current version of Android, and 4 out of 16 devices stopped getting updates a year after their release. Of the 12 devices no longer scheduled to receive updates, none received updates for a duration of 2 years. Apart from the Nexus 4, all devices were at least one major version of software behind within their two year contract period, 13 of these were 2 versions behind after 2 years, and a further 8 were 2 major versions behind after just one year.

In regards to the iPhone, the 3GS was on the current version for 4 years and 3 months, and incredible feat. The iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 were only discontinued 3 years and 4 months after their release.

Software support is incredibly important to a lot of people. If you’re looking to choose between iOS and Android, and you’re concerned about keeping up to date with software, then the choice really is a no-brainer. Apple’s policy of yearly updates, released to everyone directly has created perhaps the most solid mobile software platform around. Apple’s policy also makes it incredibly easy to predict how much support a phone will receive, making it very easy to make decisions over upgrades and new purchases.




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  • Loreto_E_Torres

    How about the support to all apple devices after the upgrade to iOS 7?  AS far as I know the latest update sucks – broke a commonly used fault apps – music, podcast, among others.
    Also, how about the support to Macs after the upgrade to Mavericks?
    I am a new apple convert; and I am beginning to regret it…. :-(

  • Bratty

    Loreto_E_Torres WTH are you talking about? There is no issue to any Macs if you upgrade. Or to older devices. My old IP4 worked better than ever on iOS7. You may want to go back to windows if you cant handle a simple upgrade.

  • jabombardier

    Try resetting whatever device you have. That should fix the problems you have.

  • squiggs77

    Loreto_E_Torres WUT? This article was about devices getting the latest operating system updates. Not how buggy the updates may or may not be.
    Also, try resetting. I find less bugs in iOS7 than I did in iOS6.

  • Loreto_E_Torres

    @Bratty go ahead and live on your own world! WTF man!
    it could be that “we’re just a segment of the population outside your world” who experience problems with the upgrades.
    It would have been a better conversation if,  instead of insulting me, you ask a question instead of issuing a blanket statement that “There is no issue to any Macs if you upgrade.”

  • Loreto_E_Torres

    Not sure why you’re questioning my response to the article when it’s called “iOS Support from Apple” which, to my mind, includes when you say updates/upgrades it really means updates/upgrades, not breaking the system down specially how the default apps worlds – which was the focus of my first response.