Posts Tagged ‘iPhone OS’

Firmware 3.0 ratio strongly increased

Two months ago we examined the rate of our customers yet using firmware 3.0. At that time only 24% of the users have been using FW 3.0 and we’ve therefore asked the question: What shall we do for 3.0?

Now, nearly two months later, we can state, that already 80% of all our registered customers (within our high score) have the firmware 3.0 or higher installed! The new firmware 3.1 has even a ratio of 30%!
So, let’s start developing special features for 3.0, hm?

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Therefore we’ll start to develop the multiplayer version of our Super Trumps game with the peer-to-peer functionality. Stay informed on our blog.

Another stat we can offer is the share of iPhones and iPod Touch: Between 60 and 70% of our customers are using our apps with an iPhone, the others are using the iPod Touch.

What shall we do for 3.0?

The new iPhone OS 3.0 is great, the list of the new features is a long one. So we, as Developers, Developers, Developers!, are questioning: What shall we do for 3.0? We’re planning  a lot, above all multiplayer game with peer-to-peer, some In-App-Purchase and other stuff, which we find cool and of what we’re thinking that our customers will love it.

But our developer friend Oliver Drobnik, who is always on the ball when it’s about “the next step”, is asking the clever question: Which OS Version to target? At his blog he is offering quite interesting stats about the percentile allocation of the different iPhone OS version, installed on the user devices. You can read all the facts at his blog, which is always a font of wisdom to me. In short: At the moment only 4.5% of all apps in the Apple App Store are presuming OS 3.0. According to AdMob stats about free apps 44% of the iPhone owners are yet using 3.0, but only 1% of the iPod Touch users, because apple is demanding 10$ for the upgrade. 78% of the Touch users are still using the version 2.2.1.

Hmmm, regarding these numbers the question is truly, whether a developer team should put all their ressources into the development of a 3.0-only feature, when not even the half of their potential customers can use them. Even for us the question is important, because we have a lot of iPod Touch users with our Super Trumps games (about 37%).

To emphasise this we’ll answer Oliver with our own stats, collected with the submission of received points to our online highscore.
To cut a long story short: At least a fourth is already using 3.0, that’s not bad! But nearly two-thirds are still running 2.2.1. What does that mean? Not overmuch. We will still abide by publishing a peer-2-peer multiplayer option for Super Trumps, because also we would love to play the game with a dear friend or our kids.


But every developer team should keep the fact at the back of their minds, that it takes a longer time until the majority of the devices are updated to the newest OS version. So don’t make the mistake to forget about the loyal customers, which are always waiting some time before updating, just to have always the most advanced technology in your applications.

Still waiting for happiness!

What the heck, it’s – yes! – the 17th of June and for today the release of the new and greedily expected OS 3.0 for the iPhone has been announced.
But where is it? I’m sitting since hours, staring on iTunes and permanently clicking on the “Update” button. But there’s always this frustrating message that version 2.2.1 is the current one! Gosh!

In the meantime attentive people have discovered that Apple Singapore announces the release of OS 3.0 for the 18th. In middle Europe that’ll be today at approximately 9 pm 😦

Because today it’s the birthday of my beloved wife I presumably won’t be able to play with the new features that late … poor me!