Mac OS X install base grows to over 13% in US, 6% worldwide

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  1. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009

    Mac OS X install base grows to over 13% in US, 6% worldwide

    For the first time in our tracking, Mac share has topped 6% on the desktop worldwide and is now at 13.42% in the United States.

    “The release of Mac OS X Lion has helped Apple grow its share of the PC install base to nearly 13.5% in the U.S. and more than 6% worldwide, according to new statistics,” Chris Smith reports for AppleInsider.

    “The latest tracking data from NetMarketShare shows Mac OS X has been steadily climbing the global charts, seeing its share rise from 5.60% in May to 5.67% and 5.96%, in June and July, respectively,” Smith reports. “By the end of last month, it had reached 6.03% worldwide and 13.42% in the United States.”

    Smith reports, “Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple’s latest desktop operating system that started selling on July 20, already accounts for 1.03% share of the overall market compared to 1.17% for Leopard and 3.46% for Snow Leopard.”

    Lion adoption has significantly improved when compared with the Snow Leopard upgrade, Apple’s previous major Mac OS release. The latter claimed just 0.78% share after its first month and passed 1% only during its second month of sales, despite being priced, like Lion, at $29.99.

    The phenomenon may be explained by the new distribution system that Apple implemented for Lion. The operating system has been sold exclusively through the Mac App Store, a move that may have convinced more customers to upgrade earlier, as compared to Snow Leopard, whose default distribution method was via physical DVDs.


    Enjoying Lion? I certainly am.

    No doubt the MBA line will be a major factor in Apple moving up the charts. They're already selling out. Watch for that to lead Apple's Mac sales moving forward.
  2. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    I am not prepared to spend extra to get Mac OS X on a new computer that I buy any more. I think I put this down to Mac OS X slowly decreasing in quality (started with Leopard, then Snow Leopard and now Lion is pretty buggy) and Windows slowly increasing in quality. They seem to have met in the middle now in my opinion.

    In 2005, I bought my first Mac and I specifically did so to get a machine that didn't run Windows XP. However, I now feel that Mac OS alone is not a good enough reason for me to invest the extra money that is required to get a computer from Apple.

    My next desktop will definitely not be made by Apple.

    However, my next laptop may well be, because Apple still leads in the quality of the construction of laptops, which is much more important than it is on a desktop (which will just sit on the floor). Nothing to do with OS X and everything to do with hardware.

    Apple needs to move on the price of its desktops if it wants to retain me as a customer.
  3. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2011
    Oh please, nobody at Apple is crying because you won't buy an iMac.
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Whereas I agree with you on several of your points, no doubt our opinions will just be regarded as anecdotal. After all, that link that our highly regarded non-bias poster posted proves OS X must be the best OS in the world right now, right?
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Anyone else remember the good old days when we'd split hairs between 1.8% and 2% market share?

  6. *LTD* thread starter macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
  7. flight macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    I'm surprised it's not more. In college, many students have or are considering Macs. It seems natural that they continue to use Macs after graduating. Strangely, I do know of four individuals that have switched back to a PC after graduating (all were iBook users).
  8. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Despite the above post, I would still buy a computer for OS X. The decrease in quality, I think, is just perceived... I remember when Jaguar was first released. Bugfest. Then Panther. Bugfest. Tiger? Same. Leopard, Snow Leopard, now Lion. All the same.

    However, at all those releases, the very last version of the *previous* OS? "Best Apple ever made!"

    It's the same pattern. Lion is only on it's first "patch," with a second coming soon. I'd wager than by the third or the fourth (that's typically where it's at in all the previous versions), it'll be pretty damn solid. Then at the release of 10.8... "Bugfest! Decreasing in quality! Lion was the best!"

    Yes, Windows 7 has done a lot to redeem the Windows experience. But guess what? I didn't mind XP all that much back then. It was how the OS handles windows and task-switching that made me switch. Expose was quite literally the singular feature that tipped me over to using OS X as my main OS.

    The accessibility features that OS X has easily trumps Windows, as well. Inverted colors, zoom, etc. All so easily accessible via the keyboard. With Windows, I have to get an expensive program to do all that (Jaws).

    As for the machines themselves, I've seen many laptops. Apple has constructed the best laptops since the Pismo. Bar none. All-in-Ones? iMacs rules the roost since the, well, first iMac.

    Desktops? I'd go for a PC, too. But guess what? I no longer have a need for a desktop tower, when an iMac will do. It saves space, saves power, and does all I need. And after 4 years, I sell it then buy a new one. Easy.
  9. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    13% and yet we still get the crappiest Flash, Java, and Graphics support in town.
  10. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Aren't you the only other ones in town? Linux doesn't really count
  11. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    Just hang on for a bit and LTD will be by to explain to you why you don't need Flash, Java or graphics support.
  12. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2011
    Flash is a resource hog, Java is slow as hell. Personally I'd go with Silverlight + HTML5.
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    "Someone should just make an app for it!"

    I had to explain to someone at work today why they couldn't use their iPad for a presentation while my phone would run Flash just fine.

    I never thought I would have to do that in my life. I'm not terribly fond of Flash either but go Apple. Oh and I took a shot for knowing this would be a *LTD* thread. No flowcharts this time.
  14. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    Tim Cook said the Mac currently has 23% market-share in the USA.
    Now I know why Microsoft is such in a rush to talk about Windows 8 despite the product is still in early gestation.
  15. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2011
    Wrong. Mac is up to 13% in US, 6% worldwide.
  16. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    NPD Group reported Mac Market share of 23 in August. It's specified as 'in retail, though, so perhaps it doesn't include enterprise bulk purchases which are essentially Windows.

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