iOS 10 installed on 54% of Apple devices

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iOS 10 is now the leading operating system on Apple devices.

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The latest iOS release has been installed on 54 percent of Apple devices, according to Apple. Comparatively, iOS 9 is in use on 38 percent of Apple devices, and 8 percent of Apple device owners are leveraging iOS 8 or earlier.

Also, the adoption of iOS 10 already exceeds that of Android Marshmallow 6.0, which was released last year. 

Apple released iOS 10 last month, but Recode reported an iOS 10 glitch left several iPhones and iPads unusable after the OS was launched.

"We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability," an Apple spokesperson stated. "The problem was quickly resolved and we apologize to those customers."

Although the iOS 10 glitch raised red flags about the OS, Apple appears to be in a strong position to boost its declining smartphone sales, thanks in part to iOS 10.

According to International Data Corp, Apple recorded 40.4 million smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2016, down 15 percent year-over-year. With the release of iOS 10, however, Apple may be poised to garner greater interest from consumers and increase its smartphone shipments in the foreseeable future.

In addition, iOS 10 may change the way iOS developers build iPhone and iPad apps.

Apple has released the iOS 10 software development kit to help developers extend their apps to Maps, Siri, Messages and other iOS 10 applications. Furthermore, the iOS 10 SDK provides additional application programming interfaces and services designed to help developers create engaging apps – something that could make iOS development more appealing to mobile developers worldwide.