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Security and privacy are big concerns these days, and few things emphasize that so well as Chitika's data (via AppleInsider) demonstrating how quickly Apple's iOS 7.0.6 patch was adopted by iPhone and iPad users. Within 48 hours of its release, the security-focused patch was installed on more than 13.3 percent of iDevices throughout North America. As of yesterday, that number stood at 25.9 percent.
Apple dropped the patch last Friday, and as we noted at the time, it brought no flashy features such as we're expecting with the upcoming release of iOS 7.1. Regardless, adoption of the patch spread like wildfire. By next week, Chitika projects that the patch will be installed on a majority of devices, beating out iOS 7.0.4. As of today, 7.0.4 can be found on 54.1 percent of iOS devices.
The data suggest that iOS users are adopting patches far more quickly than they used to. Back during the release of Apple's similar iOS 5.1.1 patch in May of 2012, it took iOS users around three weeks to reach 58 percent adoption.
Chitika gains its data by following tens of millions of ad impressions from websites based in the U.S. and Canada. The firm began tracking the impressions on February 23. Considering how quickly users adopted this relatively small patch, it'll be interesting to see how they'll act once the meatier 7.1 patch drops sometime next month.
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