updated 08:10 pm EST, Thu March 1, 2012
NetApplications sees Apple grow widely in February
Apple saw an unusually widescale, comprehensive growth in its share of the web in February, NetApplications showed on Thursday. On the desktop, it bounced back to near an all-time high at 6.9 percent, a level seen in October. Its mobile share followed suit, going up almost exactly seven points to 60.6 percent.
Most of the share gain on the desktop came at Linux's expense, as whatever gains it had since September were lost. Windows also dropped. Mobile saw Apple mostly benefiting from those switching to modern smartphones: basic feature phones' Java ME dropped five points, while Symbian had its share cut in half in just one month. Android did gain share, but at one percent was moving more slowly than iOS.
Browsers in mobile followed their operating systems as Safari jumped while those outside of Android dropped. Desktop use was more complex, the web tracking found. Safari rode the surge in Macs to 5.2 percent, while Chrome saw its first consecutive decline. Internet Explorer lost a slight amount of its own ground.
The reasons for the sudden Apple shift hadn't been deduced. The company is currently in between Mac hardware updates and is likely to see iOS shipments cool off slightly in the post-holiday rush. It's unlikely to depend heavily on seasonal habits; February sees many still at work, where they're more likely to use Windows.