[iphone] tag, there's a commonly recurring question about install base statistics for the various OS versions out there. While developers can use this information to determine what capabilities to support in their next application, install base statistics vary day-to-day.
This would seem to make such questions too localized to a moment in time, thus there can't be definitive answers to them. However, few if any of these questions get closed and they just pile up. Most even get voted up, because other developers are interested in these statistics.
- What percentage of iPhone users have the different versions of iPhone OS/firmware?
- iPhone installed base upgrade rate.
- What iPhone OS to target?
- Is it worth only supporting the iOS 4 when making an iPhone app?
- iPhone/iPod Touch Version Statistics
- Anyone have statistics on iOS adoption rate and iPhone upgrade?
- What percentage of iPhone users using each iOS version
- is it still worth to support ios 3.1?
- iphone ios4 stats
In fact, several of the askers know that these questions have been asked before, but they re-ask them because they feel the responses to the older questions are no longer valid.
Voting to close as too localized or as duplicates seems ineffective, as I'm often the only vote. Should I not care about these questions being asked over and over again, because other developers find them interesting?