Detecting iPhones and iPad Models with WURFL.js
ScientiaMobile’s engineering team has created a new methodology to return accurate Apple device model information in its WURFL.js Basic, Standard, and Pro plans. With the release of iOS 12.2 (and subsequent versions), Apple devices have stopped returning information used by many detection systems to determine the device model. However, commercial versions of ScientiaMobile’s WURFL.js continues to return accurate information.
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Top iPhones Running iOS 12.2 or Higher
As reported in our MOVR 2019 Q1, ScientiaMobile is still able to distinguish between iPhone and iPad models. The chart below shows the most popular iPhones based on their percentage of all smartphone traffic.
As of April 30, 2019, Apple iPhone 7 was the most popular iPhone model across all iOS versions and specifically those running iOS 12.2+. Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone 7 Plus are the next most popular models.
What Changed in iOS 12.2?
With the new detection methodology, WURFL.js Basic, Standard, and Pro plans will accurately identify distinct models of iPhones in almost all cases, including newer models like Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
How To Use iPhone and iPad Model Information
The commercial plans of WURFL.js Basic, Standard, and Pro provide full iPhone and iPad model detection, and 24 device capabilities. The free WURFL.js Lite provides only a generic description of the iPhone and 3 device capabilities.