Despite serious defects and superstitious beliefs, iOS 13 is just as popular as its predecessor. With 50% of iOS users upgrading to the new mobile operating system in just three weeks, it’s proven to be a popular software update.
By Chand Bellur
October 17, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. PDT
Fifty Percent of iOS Users Upgraded to iOS 13
Shortly after a new version of iOS is released, myriad iPhone users update their devices. Although new, major versions of operating systems almost always have defects, Apple customers are a bit more brave. They’re reassured in the notion that the defects won’t be too severe and that Apple will fix them quickly. Just four weeks after the initial release, Apple has already issued 4 patches.
According to Apple, fifty percent of all iOS devices are running iOS 13. Fifty-five percent of iOS devices purchased within the last 4 years are running Apple’s newest mobile OS. These numbers are in line with iOS 12 adoption rates. Apple’s previous mobile operating system also saw about 50% adoption within the first 3 weeks of release.
It’s not clear why users are installing an operating system that has so many problems. Most likely, users are unaware of the issues. People who follow tech news are aware of iOS 13 defects, however, most major news outlets don’t pick up stories of this nature. Most iPhone owners will be prompted to upgrade and do so as a reflex. They assume that any iOS release is usable. This might not be the case. Most users are better off waiting a few months before upgrading to a new, major version of iOS.
If You Haven’t Upgraded Yet, Postpone iOS 13 Update
iOS 13 is an ambitious release. Competition with Android means that Apple must cram more features into each new version of iOS. A company that prides itself in stable, modest and incremental product updates, Apple has been forced to be more competitive. Adding more features to a release will make it less stable. iOS 13 is no exception.
One of the biggest iOS 13 defects was that new gestures interfered with gaming. Popular games such as Fortnite and PUBG Mobile were rendered unplayable as their gestures conflicted with new iOS 13 gestures.
Other, more severe bugs plagued early versions of the operating system. Some users had problems connecting Bluetooth devices. A rather serious security flaw allowed third-party keyboards to gather data on users. Both defects were patched quickly, however, more problems are being discovered.
Given that the first few releases of a new, major operating system tend to be defective, it’s best to postpone installation. There will always be early adopters chomping at the bit to try the new, bleeding edge technology. If you want a safe, effortless and stable smartphone experience, wait a few months before installing any new, major version of iOS.