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A lot of iOS 17-capable iPhones have still not installed Apple’s iOS 17 update despite being already available for less than three weeks. According to the latest data, only 23% of these devices have downloaded the update, while many are still running on iOS 16.6.1.

Apple released the original version of iOS 17 on September 18. Prior to that, countless leaks and reports about its features were leaked online, which one would expect to make the wait for the update thrilling for users. Data from analytics firm Mixpanel (via Cult of Mac), however, shows otherwise. 

As of October 7, the rate of devices running any of the versions of iOS 17 is still low: 2.08% for iOS 17.0, 1.87% for iOS 17.0.1, 13.97% for iOS 17.0.2, and 6.35% for iOS 17.0.3. These updates were introduced just days after the release of the original iOS 17 update, with Apple mentioning some serious flaws that make the updates necessary. For instance, iOS 17.0.1 is meant to resolve three actively exploited flaws that “may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS before iOS 16.7,” which was released on September 21. Apple also addressed another two security flaws in iOS 17.0.3.

Those reasons, however, seem not effective enough for Apple to push its customers to install the iOS 17 update. To make things worse for Apple, the iOS 17 comes pre-installed on new iPhone 15 models, but it seems not to be providing any significant help in the adoption of the update.

Despite that, it is important to note that this is not new. As Cult of Mac pointed out, this also happened during the introduction of the first iOS 16 update, wherein only 29% of compatible iPhones installed it after 18 days. By the fourth month of its availability, the adoption rate reached 70%. That, however, was incredibly and disappointingly different from what earlier iOS versions used to have, including the iOS 12 in 2018, which managed to reach a 75% adoption rate in just two months.

It is unknown what is causing these low numbers, especially if you would also consider the low adoption rates in previous iOS releases. Yet, if previous iOS issues and rumors are to be taken into account, the presence of bugs and fears and beliefs about possible performance reduction might have a huge role in this.

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