The last couple of weeks have been quite eventful for Apple as well as the technology industry. The company has released its brand new iPhone 5 which received over two million pre-orders in just one day. Apple also unveiled new iPods. Apart from that we were also treated to iOS 6, the company’s latest and greatest iOS platform update. The company has reported global adoption numbers of this update and it turns out that iOS users around the world have moved to iOS 6 much faster than they did when iOS 5 was released.
To put things in perspective, we should not forget that iOS 5 was one of the greatest iOS updates of all time. It came with over 200 new features that revolutionized the whole iOS experience. iOS 6 is not that big an update, and mostly it builds up on what iOS 5 brought to the tablet. However up till now iOS 6 has been a lot successful than its predecessor, boasting an adoption rate of 122% higher than that of iOS 5.
It should be kept in mind though that these adoption numbers are greatly augmented by the consumer interest towards iPhone 5. Apple’s sixth generation iPhone finally went on sale a couple of days back. Pre-orders were sold out in under one day and Apple Retail Stores around the world played host to very long lines of customers eager to spend their hard earned money on a brand new iPhone. The iPhone 5 ships with iOS 6 by default. This latest smartphone with its dual core A6 processor, 1GB of RAM, larger display, thinner and lighter profile as well as an impressive 8 megapixel camera is undoubtedly one of the most sought after smartphones of this year.
iOS 6 was first announced at Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 back in Summer 2012. Since then it had been seeded to developers in beta stage. At the iPhone 5 release event Apple announced that it would be releasing iOS 6 to the public on September 19th. This latest update comes with a host of new features such as Facebook integration, Siri for iPad, Passbook app, improvements to native apps, Do Not Disturb mode and more.
This impressive feature set is surely what entices users to make the switch to iOS 6. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for this new iOS update though. Apple replaced Google Maps with its own Maps application in iOS 6 and it has literally been a disaster. The Maps app has not been performing well and is probably the only caveat iOS 6 is facing.