By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 07/02/2014
With all of the hubbub around iOS 8, it's worth remembering that iOS 7 is still around and still being maintained by Apple. In fact, this week Apple rolled out an update, iOS 7.1.2, which offers bug fixes and security updates. Many of the fixes are related to barcode scanning and iBeacon. The 23.1 Megabyte update can be installed wirelessly, which helps contribute to Apple's record-setting adoption rates. I've been using Android devices a lot lately, and it's frustrating how out of date they get. Industry tracker Chitika Research reports that iOS 7 adoption rates are around 90 percent and that was three weeks ago.
By comparison, Android's latest version has an adoption rate of about 37 percent, and the previous version is at 47 percent. The diverse set of manufacturers behind the various Android phones and tablets decide if the old hardware will get the new operating system, and often the answer is no. Many of the phones and tablets are in the $100 range and it seems the manufacturers would just prefer you to buy a new gadget in order to get the latest features.