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iPhone saw highest ever gain in web use in July

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Sun August 1, 2010

iPhone 4 sparks 19pc boost in web share

The launch of the iPhone 4 triggered the single largest increase in the iPhone's web share since it launched, Net Applications said today. Use of iPhones jumped from 0.59 percent in June to 0.7 percent in July, or an 18.6 increase in the number of owners in just one month. The growth rate also debunked some beliefs about Android as Google's OS grew at just half the pace.

As iPhone share was flat between May and June, the July results hinted at a tremendous level of pent-up demand, the analytics group said. Flat or slight declines in share aren't uncommon for iPhone share as a whole, as customers often hold off once a new iPhone is announced in June. Motorola's Droid X also launched in mid-July, but its launch numbers don't appear to have been large enough to boost Android as a whole.

Microsoft had its own rare gains at the same time. Windows 7's 175 million copies sold have already helped it pass Vista in online share, at 14.46 percent to the 2007 software's 14.34 percent; XP is declining, but still larger at 61.87 percent. Internet Explorer also saw only its second gain in browser market share since NetApplications began tracking, as it bounced up to 60.74 percent. Most of its share came at the expense of Firefox, which lost almost an entire point and sank to 22.91 percent.

Safari and Opera were given a lift by new versions; Safari reached a new high in the current system at 5.09 percent, and Opera moved up to 2.45 percent. Chrome was down slightly to 7.16 percent.

iPhone share of all web use

Windows 7 web share compared to Vista

Browser share

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Anthony

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    Apple continues success!

    I guess this just goes to show you that despite the problems with the antenna, the iPhone is just to well designed and marketed to suffer the slings and arrows of what seemed like a large hurdle. I'm sure they will continue to blow our mind for some time to come. I've heard they are even working on developing the technology that would allow for a 3-D teleconference from a phone. Having seen that a 3-D image form a handheld device in that of the Nintendo 3DS apparently works quite well, I'm sure this technology will be in Apple's imminent future. I'll post a link to the video I saw about this technological development if you want to view it for yourself.

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