updated 03:20 pm EDT, Wed September 28, 2011
Over 8 percent still using unsupported software
Lion is still only the third most popular version of OS X, according to Chitika. New weekly data produced by the analytics firm puts Lion at just 14.18 percent of the market, compared with Snow Leopard, which remains dominant at 55.54 percent. Even Leopard -- now nearly four years old -- has greater representation at 22.23 percent.
Chitika does remark however that Lion has almost doubled its share in a space of two months; the OS was only released on July 20th. Adoption is likely being spurred by Apple's decision to keep upgrade pricing at $30, making the transition relatively inexpensive. By contrast, upgrading from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7 costs at least $120.
Another notable point in the data is the percentage of people using versions of OS X prior to Leopard. 5.13 percent continue to use Tiger, which dates back to 2005, and 2.92 percent remain on still earlier platforms. Combined the figures mean that over 8 percent of Mac users are running an OS no longer supported by Apple, which typically favors only its latest products and the editions immediately prior.