Although you'll hear from some IT organizations that iPhones and iPads are toys (insecure ones at that), the truth is the most security-conscious organizations -- those in the finance, education, and public sectors -- rely on iOS as the platform of choice for modern mobile devices.
The findings from the quarterly survey of its global customers' device activation -- meaning those newly managed by IT -- by mobile management vendor Good Technology: The financial sector's iOS activation rate was 76 percent, public sector was 80 percent, and education was 83 percent.
Android devices are making slow but meaningful inroads, and Windows devices are few and far between in most sectors. (Good's data does not include BlackBerrys, as its management servers can't manage them. However, BlackBerry sales have collapsed in most markets.)
Good's customers tend to be on the risk-averse side, so its data is a significant sign of IT mobile acceptance. That data shows that iPhones and iPads together comprise 72 percent of new activations in the first quarter of 2015, down a mere 1 percent from the previous quarter. Note: iOS devices have never comprised less than 70 percent of device activations in the several years Good has tracked what devices its customers activate.
Meanwhile, Android smartphones and tablets together -- mainly Samsung S series smartphones -- comprised 26 percent of activations in the first quarter of 2015, up 1 percent. In other words, the iOS/Android ratio was stable. (Apple and Samsung devices accounted for 28 of the top 30 devices activated, led by the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5.)
Windows Phone and Windows tablets each accounted for 1 percent of mobile activations.
For tablets, iOS is even more dominant, with the iPad representing 81 percent of all activations in the first quarter of 2015. That's down from 92 percent a year earlier, as with Android and, more recently, Windows tablets. Android tablets now represent 15 percent of tablet activations, and Windows tablets 4 percent.
iOS's dominance is more tenuous in other sectors. For example, in the high-tech sector, Android devices now account for 47 percent of activations at Good's customers, and for 44 percent in the energy sector.
Windows Phone did best in the retail sector (5 percent) and entertainment sector (7 percent). The first quarter of 2015 is the first time that Windows Phone hit the 5 percent mark in any sector.