OS X has more marketshare than vista?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Freyqq, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It's only true through certain sites, though at this point, it wouldn't be so surprising.

    Any company collecting web statistics are at the mercy of who is using their software to collect statistics. If a certain website is for Windows XP users, would you expect a lot of Windows Vista users to visit? For that matter, if a website is geared toward Vista or Mac OS X only, would you expect a lot of others to visit?

    No statistics collection system can report the truth because the truth is in the eye of the beholder.
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    different site give you different data
    w3schools is a pretty geeky place, for example, it registered firefox 34.5% for July, and 1.5% for safari

    another data, from net applications, which gives safari about 4.68% in aug, also gives vista 6.26%, OSX 6.15%

    as of now, I would consider OSX has very similar market share as VISTA, no matter what the # is. But we all know Vista is growing faster and has much more space to grow than OSX.
  3. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    Yeah, but that is still a bummer- OSX has been out for X number of years (someone fill in the blank) and Vista has been out for how long? Six months maybe? So comparing Vista to OSX on the installed base makes absolutely no sense. comparisons usually use similar time frames to mean anything.:confused:
  4. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    OS X 10.0 hit the main market in 2001.

    Vista went public in late January of this year.
  5. MK2007 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2007
    What difference does it make that OS X has more market share than Vista?

    The fact is that for several years now Apple still has only a 2% market share of the personal computer market.
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I doubt it.

    And so does the stock market, which momentarily values Apple at $120bn, compared to Dell at $63bn, or Gateway at $0.7bn. :D
  7. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Of the truly "personal" computer market, it's actually closer to 15% (excludes business world.) US Education (including research) marketshare: ~38%. Of total US computers, it's almost 6%. World figures are approaching 4%.
  8. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    Stats are always skewed. This one, for example, shows that:

    - OSX popularity is 3.73%
    - "Mac PowerPC" popularity is 0.04%
    - 1152*854 popularity is 3.85%

    That last one is an old Mac resolution very rarely used anywhere else. Are those OS7/8/9 users or what? Some G4 PowerBooks could however run OSX (less than 667MHz PowerBooks had that resolution), but I doubt not more than half which would be optimistic.

    If only Wikipedia released its statistics... that could be somewhat reliable...

    Just for the sake of it, here's a quick comparison between the OP's stats and one taken from thecounter.com

    W3Counter: Web Browsers
    1 Internet Explorer 6.0 47.01%
    2 Internet Explorer 7.0 19.19%
    3 Firefox 2.0 17.51%
    4 Firefox 1.5 6.84%
    5 Safari 2.0 1.76%
    6 Firefox 1.0 1.08%
    7 Opera 9.2 0.64%
    8 Mozilla 1.8 0.61%
    9 Opera 9.0 0.58%
    10 AOL 6.0 0.53%

    theCounter: Web Browsers
    1. MSIE 6.x 33163701 (51%)
    2. MSIE 7.x 12800545 (20%)
    3. FireFox 8398844 (13%)
    4. Netscape comp. 6598103 (10%)
    5. Safari 1964063 (3%)
    6. Unknown 767166 (1%)
    7. Opera x.x 413243 (1%)
    8. MSIE 5.x 409594 (1%)
    9. Netscape 7.x 163522 (0%)
    10. Netscape 5.x 117742 (0%)
    11. MSIE 4.x 46846 (0%)
    12. Netscape 4.x 42624 (0%)
    13. Konqueror 18313 (0%)
    14. Netscape 6.x 1451 (0%)
    15. MSIE 3.x 431 (0%)
    16. Netscape 3.x 370 (0%)
    17. Netscape 2.x 149 (0%)
    18. Netscape 1.x 2 (0%)

    The first two places are rather identical, but Firefox popularity varies from 13% to 25% (all versions combined), and notably Netscape is totally missing from the OP's stats but shows +10% on another stat.

    Do not ever believe in stats.
  9. MK2007 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2007
    Your doubt doesn't make any difference.

    Don't confuse the market cap of one company with the revenue and profit of thousands of other companies.

    Just as Apple machines are selling, so are PCs, which are selling extremely well due to their record low prices. Notebook computers sell for as little as $400 now.

    You can view some of the recent figures of Apple Computer's paltry market share in the book The Apple Way http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0072262338/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-4332047-7015321#reader-link

    For the past 15 years Apple's market share has been declining steadily. In recent years it has remained near the 2% level.

    Apple's market share declined to the lowest ever in 2004 coming in at 1.98%. Since then lower cost PCs have kept Apple's market share around 2% (rounded) despite the record sales of Macs. You can find the low market share stats for 2005 and 2006 elsewhere in many places on the World Wide Web.
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Agree. Stats can say whatever the creator wants you to believe.

    Regarding numbers, how about those who set the Safari client agent to MSIE 6.0?

    The site records as IE when we are using Safari.
  11. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    if there is ever a victim of UA spoofing, its opera. I think most data collectors have better way than UA to ID the browsers.
  12. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Could you provide some sources? I've not see the education figure before.
  13. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I don't know where you got the idea that Apple's market share is near 2%. Here are some figures that were reported on this site. And believe me, I trust Arn a lot more than I trust some websites out there.
  14. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Depends what you count as OS X?

    Apple TV?
  15. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Market Share smarket share.

    There's no point having loads of market share if you can't make any money for it.

    Many PC makers are living a hand to mouth existence due to shrinking component costs, rising license costs of Windows and fierce competition with nothing to differentiate their machines on other than price.
  16. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Now lets think about this for a moment.

    If, as you claim, Apple has a market share of 2 percent, then it is absolutely impossible that thousands of other companies have market shares that are anywhere comparable.

    And thanks for your argument. What is usually quoted is "unit sales" = how many computers were sold. That is where Apple's numbers look weakest, and here Apple is about the same as Gateway. Next comes revenue, where Apple leaves Gateway in the dust. One $4000 MacPro eight core monster is as much revenue as ten el cheapo PC piles of crap. Next comes profit, and here Apple beats Gateway about by a factor of 100.

    To see how stupid the "two percent" argument is: Apple could have bought Gateway for around last quarters profits.
  17. MK2007 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2007
    You are confusing computer market share with percentage gain.

    A 5% gain in laptop share (as stated in the article) doesn't mean that Apple gained 5% computer market share. It simply means they increased the percentage of units shipped by 5% compared to a year ago--as plainly stated in that article.

    A 5% gain in units sold is respectable. But a 5% gain for a 2% worldwide computer market share is still 2% market share and completely negligible as a change in share gain.

    While you're thinking about that consider that PC shipments increased by 13.1% in the first quarter of 2006 alone -- an increase of 57 million units! http://www.gartner.com/press_releases/asset_149698_11.html

    I don't know why you don't understand Apple's market share of all computers sold is only 2%. This is absolutely nothing new. It's been well known for many years. On the other hand, if you just want to scream "Apple is the greatest. They're taking over" then it's easy to understand why you don't know they represent only 2% of the worldwide computer market.
  18. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Did you click on the link I provided? It clearly stated that Apple's market share was at 5.9%, and that it was an increase of 1.1% over the same quarter last year.

    By the way, I never said Apple was the greatest or that it was taking over. I just wanted to know who was providing you with your "facts."
  19. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    It doesn't matter.

    Apple gaining too much marketshare is bad for everyone but Apple. The lower their share, the more they have to fight for more, the more everyone benefits.
  20. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Not entirely true. Users benefit too. A higher market share means that more software developers will make software for OS X, and not just ignore it. Of course, this also opens us up for more viruses, but I'm sure we're all savvy enough to avoid them aren't we?;)
  21. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    Yes, this is true. I am fine with what is available so I didn't consider it. :)
  22. MK2007 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2007
    It's fair to say that Steve Jobs is guiding the company with little regard for real preferences by Apple's customers. However, low single-digit market share is indeed good for us Mac users. We don't have to deal with viruses and spyware. Hopefully, OS X stays that way. I don't mind paying more for a computer whose operating system is free from these nuisances.
  23. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I'm guessing that he is being provided his "facts" by some site that has not been updated since the mid 1990s.
  24. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I think I found it:p

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