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iPhone, Mac dominate Wi-Fi hotspots

updated 10:55 am EDT, Mon August 31, 2009

iPhone Mac Lead Hotspots

Regardless of its actual market share, Apple all but commands use at Wi-Fi hotspots in cafes and coffee shops in the US, according to new data from JiWire. The iPhone and iPod touch combined account for 97.6 percent of all handheld device at these areas, while just over one quarter of notebook users are running Macs. Both give it the largest share for any one company and far eclipse companies like Palm, which had only the fifth largest share of handhelds.

The researchers don't directly explain the reasons behind the Apple bias but do illustrate a typical user that would favor MacBooks. The average hotspot guest is a man between 25 and 49 years old who is financially secure; about 38 percent plan to make a large purchase within the next year.

Of all users, about 85 percent of these visitors are online at least once a week, while 68 percent use it for over an hour. The US leads has dramatic lead in hotspots with an estimated 67,420 versus 28,678 for China and 27,459 in the UK. New York has a slight lead over San Francisco for the largest number of public hotspots at 887 versus 872.

Apple has previously tried spurring its use in coffee shops through its deal with Starbucks but has since scaled back its efforts. However, it's helped by AT&T's control of Wi-Fi hotspots in those same shops, which gives iPhone owners free access. [via GigaOM; image via Flickr]

by MacNN Staff



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  1. skuban

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Free WiFi

    I guess appple people can't afford internet after paying the mac tax on their laptops!


  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Where was this sampled? Starbucks? What part of the country? I don't see hardly any Macs at the indie coffee shops, just Starbucks.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What country is that???

    No matter what "indie" coffee shop I go, Macs are there. In Starbucs, they often represent half; elsewhere, one in four (at least).

    On any given subway car in NYC, I can count at least 10 iPhones (and another 20 iPods). That's out of at most 40 people with headphones in their ears.

    There's nothing surprising in this article. The platform dominates because it is that far ahead of all other platforms. Very simple.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's the interface, stupi

    It's the interface, stupid. I have a windows mobile phone with wifi and an ipod touch. If I want to peruse the net, I'm going to use the ipod. Windows mobile is hopeless viewing webpages. I'd rather use tethering from the phone to the ipod, than use the browser on the phone's network. It's pathetic.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    about 38 percent plan to make a large purchase within the next year.

    Wow, the excitement! A large purchase!

    Um, what is large? And how does this info help anyone? I doubt there are a load of people going "Wow, I think I'll spend $10000 on something this year. Now I just need some directed advertising to convince me whether it should be in computer equipment, a new car, upgrade on the house, etc."

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Everyone else is at work.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I couldn't help but notice how large your purchase was ;)

  1. Wingsy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Count Me In

    I use my iPhone and Macbook at several places around town. And I also plan on making a big purchase soon (Chrysler 300C). No one surveyed me, but hey, they must have known!

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