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iOS Has Half the Market Share of Mac OS X

The operating system chart includes quite a stunning number: iOS now has 2.63% market share, based on the web usage of iOS devices NetApplications was able to capture. It was up from 2.38% in May and is probably not that earth-shattering by itself. However, note that Mac OS X was listed with 5.37%, which means that there are only twice as many browsing the web as iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad).

Mac OS was first released in 1984, while Mac OS X was first offered (for client computers) in 2001. iOS came to market in June 2007, or just over four years ago. If iOS keeps growing as it does right now, it will be catching up with the market share of Mac OS X within 10-12 months, which would mean that iOS would have accumulated in about 5 years the same market share as Mac OS did in 28 years.

Windows, by the way, appears to be the operating system that is most affected by iOS growth, as Windows' share declined by 0.4 points to 88.29%. Windows 7 now holds 27.13% share, up from 25.89% in May and Windows XP declined from 52.41% to 51.13%. Combined with the drop of Windows Vista from 9.93% to 9.52%, Windows 7 is not able to pick up the combined loss of its two predecessors.

  • molo9000
    Why is Android market so low? Less than 30% of iOS market share.
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  • guyjones
    I don't know if you can really compare desktop OS market share to mobile OS market share; it's sort of apples and oranges. There's no denying that what Apple has achieved with its iOS devices is impressive. The company has gained a lot of market share in a short amount of time with some well-designed devices, a capable OS and intuitive functionality. And it's clear that Microsoft is not going to dominate the mobile space the way it dominated the desktop in the 80's and 90's. Despite its deep pockets, brand awareness and resources, the company has stumbled badly with its mobile strategy, with Ballmer initially haughtily rejecting the idea of the company building its own phones and then turning around 180 degrees and aligning with Nokia in what was essentially a de facto acquisition of the latter company. Microsoft will be lucky to end up with 15% market share in a few years, which would be a feat in itself, considering where they are starting from.

    Look, wherever one's computing allegiances lie, when all is said and done, all this competition between iOS, Android, Windows Phone and the other offerings is great for the consumer. We get better products at a cheaper prices, reap the fruits of innovation, with more variety of devices to choose from. So, let's savor the fact that the race for mobile dominance is going to be a true multi-candidate competition.
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  • reggieray
    The only thing I see in the OS X Lion (iOS on steroids) is trim support, other than that Apple can keep Lion. My Snow Leopard is working just fine. Plus the fact Apple expects me to do a 4 Gb download from the app store for it, No DVD available, I say FU Apple.
    Apple is heading down a path I don't like (iOS and app store for everyone) and when my Macbook gives up the ghost one day it's time to go back to Ubuntu.
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  • alidan
    guyjonesI don't know if you can really compare desktop OS market share to mobile OS market share; it's sort of apples and oranges. There's no denying that what Apple has achieved with its iOS devices is impressive. The company has gained a lot of market share in a short amount of time with some well-designed devices, a capable OS and intuitive functionality. And it's clear that Microsoft is not going to dominate the mobile space the way it dominated the desktop in the 80's and 90's. Despite its deep pockets, brand awareness and resources, the company has stumbled badly with its mobile strategy, with Ballmer initially haughtily rejecting the idea of the company building its own phones and then turning around 180 degrees and aligning with Nokia in what was essentially a de facto acquisition of the latter company. Microsoft will be lucky to end up with 15% market share in a few years, which would be a feat in itself, considering where they are starting from.Look, wherever one's computing allegiances lie, when all is said and done, all this competition between iOS, Android, Windows Phone and the other offerings is great for the consumer. We get better products at a cheaper prices, reap the fruits of innovation, with more variety of devices to choose from. So, let's savor the fact that the race for mobile dominance is going to be a true multi-candidate competition.
    don't count microsoft out. the one thing they do good is play catch up. when they arent number 1, they innovate more than any other company, weather you like the innovations or not is another question (think xbox live, and the ui for xbox).

    i can see them kicking ios a$$ in less than 1 year, on a software side, on people using it, it will take about 2 years to really see those numbers due to contracts and iphone bs. if windows 8 can relay interface with everything, than i would have to lean towards windows phone, even over an established app store.

    and lastly, the reason windows 7 isnt picking up as much as people leaving xp or vista is simple, we see windows 8. if we have to re learn an os, may as well go linux if you can, at least when that changes the way the os feels stays the same, and even if it changes, you can bet your a$$ you can mod it back exactly how you want it.
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  • @molo9000
    >"Why is Android market so low? Less than 30% of iOS market share."

    Because iOS has a far larger installed base than Android. In terms of installed base Apple is far ahead of Android with 200 million iOS devices sold versus only 100 million Android as confirmed by ComScore who reported in April that *active* iOS devices outnumber Android devices by 59% in the USA and by 116% in Europe.

    -Mart
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  • sykozis
    mrrtmrrt@molo9000>"Why is Android market so low? Less than 30% of iOS market share."Because iOS has a far larger installed base than Android. In terms of installed base Apple is far ahead of Android with 200 million iOS devices sold versus only 100 million Android as confirmed by ComScore who reported in April that *active* iOS devices outnumber Android devices by 59% in the USA and by 116% in Europe.-Mart
    iOS is also used on the iPhone, iPad and iPod....compared to Android being used on smartphones and failing tablet models. This is partially why they're using the OS market as a whole and not the "smartphone market"...as Apple reports total iOS activations and not iPhone activations to skew the numbers. While the iPhone is losing momentum, albeit rather slowly, iPad sales don't seem to be experiencing this yet and may help to keep Apple ahead of Android....which, if other Android tablets are anything like mine, I can understand exactly why the tablet sales are so poor. The only thing my Android tablet can do, is browse the web...and that only lasts 15-20mins before Android dumps my WiFi connection, which requires a reboot to fix. I've actually come to prefer my KinTwoM for browsing the web from my couch as it can maintain a connection as long as I need it to.

    BTW, and this is strictly my opinion (read as: Android fanboys need not waste anyone's time replying as it'll only prove their own stupidity), Android 2.2 is the worst OS I've ever dealt with. My Android tablets takes, on average, 5mins to load the OS....which then takes another 5mins to initialize the WiFi chipset and establish a connection. Within 20mins, it completely drops the WiFi connection....at least according to the tablet as my router says otherwise. From that point, I have another 10-15mins before Android crashes..... I'm glad my phone runs Windows Mobile, cuz if it crashed like Blackberry OS or like I've seen from Android 2.2....I'd be throwing it through the front window of the Verizon store for resurrecting it.

    On another note....the KinTwoM, is the best cellphone I've ever owned. It doesn't do anything "fancy"....it just does what it's supposed to do with no issues of any sort.
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  • Camikazi
    BTW, and this is strictly my opinion (read as: Android fanboys need not waste anyone's time replying as it'll only prove their own stupidity), Android 2.2 is the worst OS I've ever dealt with. My Android tablets takes, on average, 5mins to load the OS....which then takes another 5mins to initialize the WiFi chipset and establish a connection. Within 20mins, it completely drops the WiFi connection....at least according to the tablet as my router says otherwise. From that point, I have another 10-15mins before Android crashes..... I'm glad my phone runs Windows Mobile, cuz if it crashed like Blackberry OS or like I've seen from Android 2.2....I'd be throwing it through the front window of the Verizon store for resurrecting it.

    First off, you really can't express an opinion and then expect to call anyone who counters or give their own opinion stupid, that is being stupid all by itself. Second, you should get your tablet checked cause that is not normal behavior for any Android OS (or any modern OS at all really). Hardware faults can cause what you are experiencing, as well as a badly coded program, but the base OS doesn't act that way, my cheap Chinese knock off tablet with an ARM11 CPU running at 800MHz loads up Android 2.2 in less then 5 min and has WiFi connected by then as well.
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  • cookoy
    the results are based on web usage NetApplications was able to capture. what are they capturing? from where? how? i have no clue
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  • Rab1d-BDGR
    >Implying they share the same market.

    iOS is a smartphone OS for the iPad, which is merely an over-sized iPhone. OSX, love it or hate it, is a real operating system for grown-ups who want to do more with their computer than they can with an overhyped toy.

    - And as far as I can tell that is all iOS and Android tablets are for the moment. Expensive toys.
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  • fir_ser
    Interesting numbers.
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