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It is emerging that adoption of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS 9 is not happening as fast as iOS 8 in 2014, at least within the first 24 hours. According to mobile analytics firm Mixpanel, iOS 9 adoption within 24 hours stood at 12% of iOS devices it tracks. That penetration almost matches iOS 8 in the same period last year. However, iOS 8 launch was hit by hiccups that slowed down adoption pace and iOS 9 was expected to see a faster adoption rate.

12% penetration

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS 9 is promising a new world of experience for users. However, the adoption of the operating system appears to be a little bit slower compared to predecessor iOS 8 a year ago. Within 24 hours of release, 12% of iOS devices that Mixpanel monitors had already upgraded to iOS 8. The same progress is being seen with iOS 9, which hit the same mark within the same time period.

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The problem with iOS 8

While iOS 9 adoption may appear to be progressing at the same rate as iOS, its adoption should have been faster. Note that iOS 8 reached the 12% penetration mark despite presenting upgrade challenges that put off many people who wanted to adopt it immediately.

The problem with iOS 8 was that it required the device to have much larger free local storage to support upgrade. However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has corrected the free storage requirement by making iOS 9 almost four times smaller than iOS 8, and that should have allowed more people to upgrade within 24 hours compared to iOS 8.

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Explaining the problem

Attempts to explain the seemingly slightly slower adoption of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS 9 cite server issues. Because many people elected to upgrade immediately the software arrived, server downtime may have impacted the pace of adoption.

Nevertheless, the penetration of iOS 9 within 24 hours compares with what Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android Lollipop only achieved after 5 months.

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