Apple Marketshare Increasing?

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Apple 2.0 blog points to new marketshare data from NetApplications showing that Apple's marketshare increased to 6.28% based on recent browser statistics:

    This represents a 2.05 percentage point increase from six months ago based on their previous data. While the numbers may not directly translate into actual marketshare, it does seem to represent a significant increase within the same dataset.

    This information also comes on the heels of reports of 100% growth in Mac sales in January.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    good news!

    apple deserves a bigger marketshare.
  3. macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    Pretty soon Apple will have at least 15 percent, i expect it to keep rising.
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2004
    Gainesville, FL
    Good. Maybe more websites will finally become mac/safari-compatible. It's getting better all the time, but nowhere near 100%.
  5. macrumors regular

    J Radical

    Nov 20, 2006
    Good for apple, especially in the face of Vista.

    There is obviously room for both operating systems now, OS X won't go away. As long as steve continues to deliver the goods people won't switch back.
  6. macrumors 603


    Microsoft has the advantage of inertia. It will give up share begrudgingly for a decade or more. Even if Apple is better. The only way to break that dam is for Apple to become a fad in computers like they did in music players. Seems unlikely to me at this point, but Vista is pretty slow on the uptake, so it is still theoretically possible.

    This data seems to indicate the Apple installed base is only something like 6.5% and other surveys I have seen not using web statistics seemed to show closer to 20%.

  7. Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Ugh. I hate when I surf a site and they "helpfully" tell me that unless I use an outdated IE or Netscape with a Mac, I won't be able to see the site. :rolleyes:
  8. macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2006
    Wow, that's awesome! I think their marketshare will grow exponentially.

    Once I got my computer that convinced essentially 3 others to go get MacBooks. If that keeps happening, things look great for Apple!
  9. macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    You should report it to the webmaster for the site ;), I don't find any sites that i visit aren't Mac compatible.
  10. Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Well, it's just silly! I'm obviously navigating their silly site w/out a problem. Hmph.

    And I haven't a clue how to contact a given webmaster. :eek: That and I'm too lazy.
  11. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    No, that will never happen and I doubt anyone at Apple wants it to happen.

    Apple's whole business depends on ignoring the largest segment of the computer market. They ignore the entire low end. These are no $599 Apple notebooks and that's by design. You can't charge a premium price unless you have a premium product. Apple only sells at the high end where to margin is high. The bulk of the consumers will always buy basted on price and I doubt Apple wants to be the company with the cheapest product. I can see then ramping up to maybe as much as 15% in areas where they compete. But also they don't even try to get into the data centers or low end desktop markets.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    Yeah, me neither, but then again I mostly surf mac rumor/news/ websites :p The only sites I see that aren't mac compatible are a small portion of the games on

    Congrads to :apple: on the increase in market share, I hope it keeps on going up
  13. macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Give me a link to the site(s) and I'll find it for you (and send them an email).

    EDIT: if you go to and enter the address under whois lookup you get the webmasters email address which should be active ;).
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2007
    Rocket City, AL
    Go to adult swim fix if you want to see a site that is not mac compatable! I really think the web statistics are skewed since most of the world is forced to us PC's at work. Man I really want to stream ATHF. The guys at at adult swim need a wake up call. Or at least some sort of campaign to make them change.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    Apple is making huge strides in the consumer market and numbers like these are proving it. I just wish there was a way to accurately and truly break down these numbers between the corporate users (which are probably 98% on Windows) and the home consumer users (where Apple is truly making their impact).

    I bet you'd find that Apple's US marketshare is in the double digits when it comes to those home consumer users. Because just like many people, I'm stuck with a Windows only PC at work, but I have nothing but Macs at home.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2007
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    But wait, that probably means the the other 94% are from Internet Explorer or Firefox inside Parallels! :D
  18. macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    Not sure what's incompatible for you. I just went over there and watched a couple of videos with no problem. OS X 10.4.8, Safari 2.0.4.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    What I thought was interesting was that the PPC numbers are steady on the graph at around 4% while the Macintel number climb from near zero to over 2 in the same period.

    This would seem to indicate a rise in actual market share. If it was just due to people upgrading their existing system there would be a decline in the PPC numbers.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2002
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    The biggest benefit I see is more Applications being developed for OS X. If Apple could garner 10% to 20% of the market, more developers would build applications for the Macintosh. More business and professional applications as well as games. This would be awesome. Go! :apple:
  21. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006
    Go Apple! Unfortunately, I'm on Windows right now :apple:
  22. macrumors 603


    I agree. The installed Apple base is either happy with OS8/9 on older machines (no Safari there) or, with versions of OSX on mid-range age hardware.

    Switchers were attracted by intel chips that can run BOTH OS's. It makes sense the market share is additive, but what surprises me a bit is how skewed it is to new users. This indicates something I have said for more than a decade. Macs tend to have long lives on the order of 5+ years.

    As such we might start to see substantial Mac userbase upgrading about 5 years after the first Intel release in about 1-06. So 1-2011. Mac users have inertia too.

    OSX does run on G3's right?

  23. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2006
    I was the first to switch out of anyone I know. I waited till after the WWDC(which I kind of regret cause I spent the summer with my crappy old boring computer but I have a september build macbook and no problems so i shouldnt complain) to see if I thought leopard was good or if it was going to be released. I got insanely sick of waiting and decided against the core 2 duo got mine in October. I have directly caused 1 macbook purchase and 1 other potencially. You can advertise out your ears, word of mouth helps heaps more.

    I know some people are waiting for Leopard to switch, so I expect the #s to increase even more after it's released.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2006
    I thought it was maybe how my flash was installed im glad im not the only one.
  25. Toe
    macrumors 65816


    Mar 25, 2002
    Browser Share is important in itself

    Forget market share... browser share is extremely important.

    Imagine you're a company that's developing a big web-based marketing campaign. Would you find it acceptable if the developers told you that more than 6% of your audience will not only be unable to access your site, but also will be offended in the process?

    2% you might be able to ignore (if you're callus). Anything over 5% is undeniably important.

    Now all web developers will be required to make Mac-compatible websites. The days of lazy developers who only test in IE are over.

    (And P.S. that means that web developers need Macs to test on. It won't take them long to realize that a dual-boot Mac or one with Parallels or VMWare is their best option for a full-range testing platform.)

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