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Apple says response to iPhone 6s has been “incredibly positive”, iOS 9 already on 50% of devices


Apple has confirmed launch details for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus — unsurprisingly the new phones go on sale Friday at 8 AM. Apple says that customer response to the iPhone 6s has been “incredibly positive” although the company is yet to release concrete preorder figures.

Apple also announced that iOS 9 has the fastest rate of adoption of any previous iOS release, with  50% of devices already using iOS 9, which was released last Wednesday.

In a press release, Apple SVP Phil Schiller said that the new OS is off to an amazing start:

“Customer response to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been incredibly positive, we can’t wait to get our most advanced iPhones ever into customers’ hands starting this Friday,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history.”

Apple’s 50% figure for iOS 9 adoption comes a bit out of left field as third-party analytics trackers are reporting lower figures. Apple’s data comes from analyzing visits to the App Store from iOS devices. According to Mixpanel, which looks at web usage statistics, iOS 9 is currently installed on ~30% of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in use:

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Apple is encouraging walk-in customers to arrive early on Friday to secure a new iPhone. That being said, the iPhone 6s is yet to sell out on Apple’s website so stock availability seems solid. You can read all about Apple’s launch plans for the iPhone 6s in our exclusive report from last week.

It is also worth noting that Apple is yet to release firm sales numbers for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This year, Apple has only said that it is on pace to beat last year’s record of 10 million phones sold in the opening weekend. This is leading some speculation that sales are not as strong as normal — we’ll know for sure when Apple releases concrete iPhone sales data at its next quarterly earnings call.

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  1. adibendahan - 8 years ago

    Itunes Match – BUGS
    Apple Music – BUGS
    iCloud iTunes Library – BUGS

    they used to have near perfect interfaces, now it’s barely working and it looks like no one cares. Apple has lost it….

    • rogifan - 8 years ago

      What bugs are you finding in iOS 9? I’ve upgraded my iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 with no issues other than maybe an occasional app crashing.

      • davidt4n - 8 years ago

        People expecting after so many betas, the iOS9 should come out polished. There are many UI orientation bugs especially in iPhone 6+. Also, the mobile data part where it occasionally stop working, need to reset through 4G-3G-4G switching. Mail mark all cannot unread. And many more bugs. Apple should know once they press the releasing update button, millions of devices gonna be using it, so strict and thousands of repeated testing is necessary and not only relying on conventional iOS 9.X.X fixing. With Apple wealth and devices pricing, they certainly can do it when it is the matter of yes or no and not can or cannot.

      • vandiced - 8 years ago

        UHMMMMMMM iCloud photos failing to download constantly but works fine on iMac just off wit apple support need to get on phone with them rather than chat

      • theagentmike - 8 years ago

        iOS 9 broke my AirPlay functionality. I can no longer stream music to my Wi-Fi speakers using AirPlay like I could in iOS 8 and earlier

      • Dafty Punk - 8 years ago

        Podcast app is incredibly buggy and has had a ton of features removed. Messages app constantly has the audio bubble over the text input area, have to force quit it and relaunch to be able to type anything. Lots of app incompatibilities, but that’s on the App dev’s shoulders not Apple. Overall I should have waited for 9.1

    • Sebastian - 8 years ago

       is doooooomed!

    • ishan24 - 8 years ago

      @rofigan same here!! updated on iPhone 6 plus, iPad air 2, iPhone 5s and got no bugs!!

    • do really have any ios 9 device? i dont have any bugs…….

    • Rich Davis (@RichDavis9) - 8 years ago

      Obviously, you haven’t worked in the computer industry, ALL 1st release OS’s have bugs. Practically ALL software has bugs regardless of who the developer is, and it takes time to isolate, fix, test so they can release an update. Name an OS that has never had a bug when released to the public.

      • davidt4n - 8 years ago

        What if 50-100 people testing the OS for each iOS model during the beta period and provide custom fixing on bugs at that model alone? Apple as a company that charges more pricey than other competitors should also have extra care and more thorough support for their customers. Being in the technology business should make yourself extra ordinary and not claiming like u saying its norm. If every innovation is with the attitude like u “it’s normal for first release” then no one is gonna innovate and u aren’t have touching phone right now. I’m not saying we will have perfect OS but Apple releasing new OS for selected model of iOS devices only. U can even count how many devices supporting iOS 9, so custom model testing aren’t possible with Apple’s ability.

      • arwynnfcffxiv - 8 years ago

        I used BlackBerry 10 for a long time so I know all about bugs. The Verizon version especially all the way through 10.2. Any issues I have found with iOS 9 have been nothing compared to that experience.

  2. 89p13 - 8 years ago

    Having NO problems with my 9.0 installation. Really liking the new look and features!

  3. A couple of caveats
    1)  have given themselves an additional week of pre-orders to give in the numbers, compared with all other recent releases.
    2) iOS 9 – Phil S doesn’t say it’s the fastest adoption. it says it is on course to become the most adopted. Somewhat subtle difference. Most adopted doesn’t necessarily mean a % beat, it could be numerical – absolute numbers of iPhones which, obviously, are growing.

    • Benjamin Mayo - 8 years ago

      Direct quote: “Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9.”

      • Jassi Sikand - 8 years ago

        That direct quote is from 9to5’s analysis, not Schiller himself

  4. Tom@L (@_ArcTic_FiRe) - 8 years ago

    downgraded back to 8.4.1 …. the occassional stutters while scrolling or using apps are annoying. Will wait for 9.1

  5. Leonson Stapleton - 8 years ago

    i love the constant complaining. if you feel like these are really the worst problems you could face with some minor bugs go over to android… i’m sure there rate of updating software will work for you. i work with systems on a daily basis they have glitches and bugs. they don’t always appear until you roll them out.

    system analysts have to let the product fully roll out and be out for a duration of time before they address the issues

    be patient! it will be resolved.

    so far i am loving IOS 9.

    • adibendahan - 8 years ago

      1. Those are not minor bugs we are talking about… and it’s not only iOS9.
      2. Nobody here said Android is better, just that we expected MUCH more from Apple.

    • 89p13 - 8 years ago

      And really loving the 9.1 Developers build on my iPad Air 2!

      I may pull the trigger and put this on my iPhone 6Plus or just wait until Friday and install it on the iPhone 6S Plus when it comes in.


  6. rogifan - 8 years ago

    I feel for those encountering bugs, luckily I’m not having those issues. The only issue I’ve come across is Twitter not working in the share sheet. But that wasn’t working in ios 8 either.

    • o0smoothies0o - 8 years ago

      I’ve noticed a few bugs, but I have a good memory unlike everyone else apparently, and remember every major iOS release having bugs (from about 3 on, as I didn’t have them before that). iOS 6 had several bugs, and so on. I hope Apple will be able to hire significantly more software engineers when the new campus opens at the end of 2016, because I think their main problem is having too few people for the number of things they’re working on now.

  7. Peter Hewitt - 8 years ago

    So far so good. No major issues on my 5s. Slight stickiness on swipe when answering phone calls. The other thing is that the bluetooth accessory suddenly has really low volume. Anybody else had volume issues on bluetooth accessories?

    • skullman91 - 8 years ago

      I noticed this morning that my earpiece Volume is really low. I have to use headphones when I make phone calls now to hear the person calling.

  8. nana (@purplemaize) - 8 years ago

    I am finding out most people are not closing their apps all the way on the 4S and for all the iPhones. They have to double click on the home key and swipe up to close each app, it is that simple if people don’t do this their phones and pads will keep crashing and more bug issues will appear.

    • AeronPeryton - 8 years ago

      You’re finding out that most people are using the software as intended. The only reason you should care to drop a program out of memory is if you are actively experiencing a persistent error. Unlike Android, the use of the the app switcher on iOS as a task manager is not required.

  9. Robert Dupuy - 8 years ago

    Launch weekend should be a new record, I think the speculation is that sales could be down for the quarter. But it’s a lock to sell more for launch weekend since they have added China, which was not a launch country last year and have made more phones, and have an extra week of preorders. A new record like 12 million would be highly disappointing. Hopefully it’s more like 20 million.

  10. I updated my iPhone 6 to iOS 9 two days ago. After the upgrade my system was riddled with bugs. After a clean install and restore all is back to normal. Moral of the story: Clean install fixes everything.

  11. Charlypollo - 8 years ago

    Today my Iphone 6 started doing somethimg weird. The animation for opening folders or programs suddenly is superfast. I don’t see the normal transition and animations that usually they have. Motion reduction is off so everything should be ok. It just started happening a few hours ago. Anybody with this problem?

  12. imimike - 8 years ago

    Carry on upgrading to iOS 9 and keep finding bugs, I’m gonna stick with kind of bug free 8.4.1 and wait at least for 9.1 and then maybe upgrade. There’s not too many new features so no rush.


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