Survey Finds Majority Of Developers Working on iOS 7-Only App Updates
Craige Hockenberry, developer at Iconfactory has asked other developers how they plan on rolling out iOS 7 updates, as Craige found support older version became very difficult.
Like many of my fellow developers, I am in the middle of an update of an app for iOS 7. As you’d expect, it’s a lot more work than previous versions of iOS. But results are stunning: both David Lanham and I have commented that our shipping version was “feeling old and clunky.”
While cranking along on the update, a couple of thoughts occurred to me: how many other developers were doing the same thing and were they going to commit fully to iOS 7? The depth and breadth of the changes in iOS 7 makes it difficult to support older versions of the OS.
Out of 575 responses, 545 developers indicated that they were working on support for iOS 7 -- an adoption rate of 95%. Out of those 545 developers, Craige looked into how many were going to require iOS 7, that is, drop support for iOS 6.
Half of the 545 developers (284) were dropping iOS 6 and requiring iOS 7.
While the methodology of the survey might not be completely accepted, it is clear that iOS 7 is seeing a large adoption rate among developers and users.
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