Exploring the Holdback: iOS 17 Adoption Lags Behind Predecessor

Unraveling the iOS 17 Conundrum: Why Are iPhone Users Hesitant to Upgrade?


Apple’s tradition of swift software update adoption has been a hallmark of its ecosystem, contrasting with the fragmented landscape of Android. However, with the release of iOS 17, the usual rapid uptake seems to have hit a snag, raising questions about user enthusiasm for the latest software iteration.

iOS 17’s Adoption Treads Slow Waters on iPhones Apple recently disclosed iOS 17 adoption metrics since its launch in September 2023, revealing that only 76% of iPhones are currently running the latest update. Surprisingly, iOS 16 still holds ground on 20% of devices from the past four years, with a mere 4% clinging to older iOS versions. Among all active iPhones, 66% have transitioned to iOS 17, while 23% remain on iOS 16.

Comparatively, iOS 17’s uptake trails slightly behind its predecessor, iOS 16, which boasted an 81% adoption rate by a similar timeframe. Despite Apple’s efforts with subsequent updates, including the recent iOS 17.3 rollout, the anticipated surge in migration has yet to materialize. As users await the upcoming iOS 17.4 release in March, the reasons behind this sluggish adoption trend remain elusive.