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Nearly half of all active iPhones and iPads are running iOS 8

46% of active iOS devices have downloaded the new update which ties in with the release of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus later this week.

SINCE IT WAS released on Wednesday evening, iOS 8 is now on almost half of active iPhone and iPad devices.

Currently, 46% of iPhone and iPad users have downloaded the latest version of iOS, while 49% are still on iOS 7. The remainder 5% are using earlier versions of Apple’s mobile operating system.

The uptake is large, although in this context, the stats was measured by the App Store, meaning those who haven’t visited or downloaded apps weren’t counted. How much of an impact this would have on overall figures is unclear, but since fewer people are downloading apps, it could mean the overall figure might be a tad smaller.

By comparison, Android’s latest update KitKat is available on almost a quarter of devices since it was released last year although the number of manufacturers using their own version of Android, and lower-end devices which can’t update to the latest version, means it’s more fragmented.

Android uptake Source: Android developers

If you don’t have iOS 8 already, it’s likely because you don’t have enough space on your phone. The update requires you to have at least 3GB (preferably 3.5GB) free to download and install although there’s a way of bypassing this.

If you connect up your iPhone/iPad to your computer and open up iTunes, you can click on the device icon and check for software updates. This helps bypass the problem of not having enough space on your phone.

If you don’t have that luxury – or you just want to avoid using iTunes – then you will need to free up some space on your device. Some of the more obvious solutions would be uninstalling apps, clearing caches, deleting music, podcasts and video and backing up phone details through iCloud are some of the things you can do to free up space.

Just make sure you can spare an hour for it as server overload meant downloading was slower than usual last week. It shouldn’t be as bad now, but just prepare yourself just in case.

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Quinton O'Reilly

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