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Mac OS market share hits record 7.3%

updated 12:45 pm EST, Wed January 2, 2008

Mac OS share hits 7.3%

Strong holiday sales of both MacBook and iPhones resulted in significant market share gains for Apple during the month of December, according to a Net Applications survey. Mac OS X rose to a record 7.3 percent share from 6.8 percent in November, while the company's iPhone garnered .12 percent share over the previous month's .09 percent. The survey suggests that more than one in 1,000 people on the internet are browsing the Web with an iPhone, according to Fortune.



Mac OS share grew 7.4 percent in December for nearly double the growth rate of November, even as the iPhone soared 33 percent over the prior month.

The survey sampled data from visitors to around 40,000 websites operated by Net Applications clients, revealing strong growth for Linux as well as Apple's iPod touch and the Nintendo Wii.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    but...

    I thought the reason Macs aren't infected with viruses is that they have such a small market share. Now that it's not so small, there should be tons of Macs infected with viruses and malware, right?

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    what?!

    It can't be. Vista (10%) does better than Mac (7%). More anti-Vista commercials from Apple please...

  1. lancelott

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    The only reason...

    Vista's market share is higher because customers are "forced" to buy PC's preloaded with the OS. I have at least 1 customer per day (AT LEAST!) begging for me to downgrade their new PC to XP...

    In any event, Macs are on a roll...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: the only reason

    Vista's market share is higher because customers are "forced" to buy PC's preloaded with the OS. I have at least 1 customer per day (AT LEAST!) begging for me to downgrade their new PC to XP...

    Yes, that's so different from Apple, where you aren't forced to get Leopard on your systems. Oh, wait. You are.

    But at least your PC clients can install Windows XP on those new machines. Get a new Mac, good luck trying to install tiger.

    But besides that, did you notice that there's still a .7% group out there using Windows 98? I thought those old PCs couldn't last that long?

  1. Smurfman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: testudo

    Starting with your last point first...

    There's actually people out there that PREFER Windows 98 on their NEW(er) machines! I've had family members ask me to install Windows 98 on their machine because it runs faster than XP, and especially Vista. Wow. I'm not sure if you can even install 98 on new machines. Can you? My point is that a good number of those 98 machines may actually be newer than the year 2000.

    "Good luck trying to install tiger on a new Mac". Are you kidding? One of the best ways to do this is buy a VERY small/inexpensive external USB or Firewire drive, install Tiger on that and select that drive for booting within system prefs. You can keep the Leopard install while also giving the ability to boot in Tiger. Elegant.

    And as far as your first point, I'm sure you understood the original posters intent. Windows already has 90+% market share. Since the market share is so large, naturally it will have a larger upgrade %. Apple is the underdog in this arena. Even so, OS X is growing at an exceptionally fast pace and is, currently, not far behind Vista.

    I, however, expect Vista's market share to continue to grow faster than OS X's growth rate though Windows market share, as a whole, will continue to decline.

    Windows will be in the 85-89% range by the end of this year while OS X will be over 10%. Mark my words. ;-)



  1. theKiwi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not really that easy....

    ============= "Good luck trying to install tiger on a new Mac". Are you kidding? One of the best ways to do this is buy a VERY small/inexpensive external USB or Firewire drive, install Tiger on that and select that drive for booting within system prefs. You can keep the Leopard install while also giving the ability to boot in Tiger. Elegant. ==============

    PowerPC Macs won't boot from a USB drive

    My new MacBook (Late 2007) won't boot from anything other than Mac OS X 10.5.

    I expect that whatever new machines Apple releases in a couple of weeks time also will require Mac OS X 10.5. They won't boot from Mac OS X 10.4

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