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iPhone browser use rises 35.7 percent Christmas week

updated 02:25 pm EST, Tue December 30, 2008

iPhone use during Xmas

Adding to recent iPod figures, new data suggests that the iPhone sold well throughout the Christmas shopping season as well. During the week of Christmas, iPhone browser share is said to have risen 35.7 percent over the week before, reaching 0.57 percent of all browser use. This figure is also more than 50 percent higher than the average iPhone share in November, which was 0.37 percent.

The surge in use is being generally attributed to people receiving iPhones for the first time, although it may also be reflective of more spare time for existing owners, and/or less time and inclination to use a computer's browser. Evidence for high sales comes mainly from a dramatic rise in activity at the App Store, and anecdotal sightings of increased ownership.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Says who?

    Who said "although it may also be reflective of more spare time for existing owners"? The unnamed writer of this article?

    One would have to speculate that the same percentage of non-iPhone owners also had spare time throughout the holiday weekend and had the same opportunity to spend the same amount of time on their phone's browsers as well.

    Simply saying that perhaps more iPhones were not sold but that only iPhone users had the extra time to browse the web that week is not only very poor use of one's brain but also an opinion and has no place in what is suppose to be a news article.

    If this is an opinion of the writer, please state this is an editorial. If this is the opinion of an ANALyst or someone you interviewed for this story, please attribute said opinion to that person.

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969



    this is a blog. they are under no obligation to do any of the things you suggested.

    they neither have to give attribution nor specifically tag something as an 'editorial' to prevent your mind from being confused. there is no reason the author needs to be named.

    welcome to the internet.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wrong @ what?

    Just because they don't have to and because "it's the internet" doesn't mean that they shouldn't. Your comment amounts to nothing more than "so what" which as any follower of Monty Python can tell you is just the automatic gain-saying of the previous statement and not an argument at all.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    First, its a blog. Since when does anyone care what any blogger has to say?

    Second, the numbers have no meaning towards the iPhone, as I would argue that it could more likely mean a whole influx of iPod Touches were sold, not iPhones.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yes and no

    first of all, lay off on all the debate...geez.

    second of all, the blog doesn't have to be scientific, but if its not scientific, then where is the nudity?

    a little disappointed here.

    iPhone/iPod, who cares... its all the same to app store and broswer usage. what if someone buys an iPhone but doesn't make a call that month? Is that a problem?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: yes and no

    iPhone/iPod does matter, only in the sense of money. iPods are recorded as a full sale, while those pesky phones are subscribed and stretched out. Ergo, if you want to know the kind of sales Apple may have had for either, it does matter.

    Then again, one would think anyone interested in such information wouldn't be reading some worthless blog....

    On the other hand, some no-name kid can put up a story about Jobs dying on a forum and it drives the stock down, so it turns out investors aren't as smart as they'd like people to believe.

    As for nudity, this is mac-fans here. The only nudity they care about is the take-apart photos of an iPhone. "Yes, that's it. Now take off the back cover....oh, yes, check it out....."

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone Usage

    Hi I'm a product manager for AOL where I manager our mobile search products including a version for the iPhone. I can endorse what the writer of the blog is saying. On Christmas Day we saw the traffic to our iPhone site double. We did not see the same traffic surge on our Blackberry or Windows Mobile versions. This leads me to believe that there were an awful lot of iPhone under the tree/menorah/(kwanza?)

    For more details you can check out A Very Merry iPhone Christmas

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