Last year’s iOS 6 release was marred by the negative reactions to Apple’s Maps, yet the iOS quickly went on to be the most downloaded and used iOS ever. This year, iOS 7 arguably had more of a potential hindrance: a completely revamped UI. Yet Apple has seemed to have pleased almost everyone, with the iOS garnering praise from users and technology critics alike. Still, to see the analytics data from Mixpanel over the weekend is no less shocking: within 72 hours of its release, iOS 7 overtook iOS 6 as the iOS installed on the majority of devices.

Apple’s press release today notes that “more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history.” Guess Apple isn’t doomed after all.

By Friday, September 20th at 8PM at iOS 7 was on 48.21% of iOS devices, compared to 47.58% for iOS 6. By today at 4AM that percentage has grown to 56.21% of devices. Those percentages are absolutely mind-blowing numbers for any OS adoption rate in such a short amount of time. They are particularly more impressive considering the massive changes iOS 7 has brought to iOS devices. No matter which way you slice it*, it looks like Apple’s software offerings this year have hit one out of the park.

*Okay, iOS 7 could be a little better if Apple made “List” view in Calendar accessible from a button on the main screen again.

iOS 7 use overtakes iOS 6 in just 72 hours, Apple says 200 million installs originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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