Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

Summary: With another month checked off, it's time to trawl through the NetMarketShare data for January to see who are the winners and who are the losers.

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With another month checked off, it's time to trawl through the NetMarketShare data for January to see who are the winners and who are the losers.

There's been a bit of movements in terms of browsers - IE and Firefox re down fraction of a percent, while Chrome and Safari are up a fraction of a percentage point. Nothing spectacular there.

But when it comes to operating systems, there's something interesting. During April, Apple increased its market share for all four major platforms it produces - Mac OS, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, ad for three of those platforms, Mac OS, iPhone and iPad, saw record a record increase in global usage share.

iOS is making some huge gains. These gains are no doubt driven by the iPad 2 and the Verizon iPhone 4.

Topics: Browser, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, iPad, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

    I think that there are only two distinct platforms. Mac OS X, and Apple iOS. The first runs on computers and the second runs on consumer devices. Yes, they are made by the same company; but notice that Apple is not trying to shoehorn a full OS, on a mobile device. A different OS on a different category of device.
    Rick_K
    • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

      @Rick_K
      So whats your point? I didn't understand. As of now neither google nor Microsoft have same OS running on mobile devices. Oh, of course except for tablets from Microsoft. Google in fact recommends different OS for Tablets altogether, Android Froyo, Gingerbread for phones and Honeycomb for Tablets. But OEMs will not listen to Google and they never did.
      Ram U
      • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

        @Rama.NET
        Adrian was listen the two OSes as four platforms. What I was trying to do is tell him there are currently only two. Mac OS X is one, and Apple iOS is the other.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

        @Rick_K
        Ok, got it. :-)
        Ram U
    • Guys, it is the same OS, just a different UI. Just like it is Linux on

      servers, desktops, tablets, smart phones, embedded devices.
      DonnieBoy
      • Correct; but if to differentiate on application level basis, there are ...

        @DonnieBoy: ... three Apple's OSes:

        1) iOS pocket mobile version (iPhone, iPod touch);

        2) iOS tablet version (iPad) -- it has more than 75 000 applications that incompatible with pocket mobile iOS

        3) MacOS X.
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

        OSX is not Linux, and neither is iOS.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

        @ goff256

        I think @DonnieBoy meant it's similar to how the Linux world works, where the same OS is used, but the UI is different.

        Apple has said that iOS borrows heavily from OSX, but I'm honestly not sure how true that is -- or to what extent -- so it certainly seems kinda logical to say it's two different OSes.

        And @denisrs has a point about the incompatible apps between iPads and iPhones/iPod Touches ... though I don't know that that's enough of a difference to warrant calling it a different platform, since it's really just a size thing (developers physically design for the bigger screen, which won't fit on the smaller screens). I think I'd liken that to developing a game that requires millions of colors, which won't run on a system with limited VRAM. (Yes, I know, that doesn't happen anymore ... but it was the only example I could think of). Or I guess you could say it's like a RAM limitation. Either way, it's the same platform, just with a physical limitation of some sort.
        jscott69
      • Except that's wrong

        The Linux that is used on the London Stock Exchange isn't really close to the Linux that Supercomputers run. Hell, those Supercomputer OS's are likely incompatible with each other, each of them using a different window managing system, maybe a different graphics system, and most likely a completely different UI (and that's not even going into graphics or none).

        Oh, and don't forget the different package management systems.

        My Linux is not your Linux is not your friend's Linux.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

    I don't know what NetMarketShare measures and how they do it.

    But according to their tables, the second largest ISP worldwide is "T-Com Croatia Internet network" with close to 5% of the market. In the previous quarter this provider only had 0.24%. Now this is a market share gain!
    They seem to be generating their statistics from a very limited number of data points...
    Scrabbler
    • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

      @Scrabbler
      Hey, that Croatian market is really booming, you know.
      doodlius
      • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

        @doodlius

        Not to make a joke of this, but have people been immigrating to Croatia for some reason lately? I mean, I guess if a bunch of Japanese folks had decided to relocate after the tsunami that might explain a sudden surge in service there, couldn't it?

        (Though I suspect it's some kind of anomaly with NMS' data or methodology.)
        jscott69
    • Actually, they were at 3.04%

      @Scrabbler

      But they do seem to have a strange rise in user ship over the last 6 months.
      Bruizer
  • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

    More losers buying into Apple's junk.
    jfreedle2@...
    • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

      @bigjim01@...
      10 posts into the tread and we we're going down that road already.
      tzcannon
    • Beats paying the MicroSoft tax.

      @bigjim01@...

      Have you seen their gross margins? They are unreal.
      Bruizer
    • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

      @bigjim01@?
      I see you?re practicing the fanboy moves. Use ad hominem attacks instead of disputing the points made by others. How do you explain that the iPhone outsells each different Android phone? Or that Apple has activated more phones, on One Carrier (in One Country) in the last quarter, than Microsoft has sold license stickers(worldwide) in the last 6+ months? Those are facts, which I doubt you can dispute.
      Rick_K
      • They have nothing

        The MCSE doesn't get paid enough to afford Apple products. It's a real tragedy;-)
        Richard Flude
      • ... Actually android > iphone

        @Rick_K
        There are more android phones on the market and that share is growing faster than the single apple category. This is the same thing apple did years back (late 80's) and caused them to fail when they started to get momentum. You close the market and try to own everything, you will lose in the end.

        That's my biggest problem with Apple. It's not their hardware or software but their mentality of wanting to own everything. Innovation is found through multiple sources. Apple didn't invent the gui, the mouse, TT fonts, wysiwyg, or even the current touch screen interface. They are great about using other's ideas and putting them into consumer products.

        Right now its not a huge deal because they have such a low market share. But when they become big, having everything go through one company is very dangerous to the innovation and growth of the computer industry as a whole.
        AntariMysteec
    • RE: Mac OS, iPhone and iPad see record market share gains in April

      @bigjim01@...
      Thank you so much for your well-reasoned, carefully thought-out, and unbiased display of even-handed and intellectual discussion.
      rahbm