OS X Yosemite almost four times more popular with devs than OS X Mavericks

OS X Yosemite almost four times more popular with devs than OS X Mavericks

Summary: The developer preview of Apple's next version of OS X – OS X 10.10 Yosemite – is almost four times more popular with developers than the developer preview OS X 10.9 Mavericks was at the same point in its lifecycle.

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The developer preview of Apple's next version of OS X – OS X 10.10 Yosemite – is almost four times more popular with developers than the developer preview OS X 10.9 Mavericks was at the same point in its lifecycle.

Measuring OS X ad impressions from users between June 2 and July 2, web ads and analytics firm Chitika found that developer preview of OS X Yosemite was being used on 0.15 percent of Macs in the United States and Canada. By comparison, the developer preview of OS X Mavericks that was released last year took around 30 days to reach 0.05 percent of measured web traffic.

(Source: Chitika)

This, according to Chitika, bodes well for OS X Yosemite:

"Overall, the data point to a promising future for OS X Yosemite. In the short term, we expect the operating system’s usage share to grow in the wake of the release of the third Developer Preview edition on July 7, 2014. Additionally, with the increased level of developer activity thus far, along with the success of the similarly no-cost OS X Mavericks, it’s very probable that OS X Yosemite adoption will outpace that of any other previous Mac desktop OS when it is released publicly later this year."

Apple recently released OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3, and a public version will emerge in September or October, we can expect OS X Yosemite's usage share to grow even further ahead of its launch this fall.

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  • OS X Yosemite. Too much like iOS....

    Too Flat. Too Bright. Washed out. Dark Mode is awful. Less intuitive than OS X Mavericks.

    OS X Yosemite summed up in one word.

    HORRIBLE.
    5735guy
    • Have you actually tried it

      Have you actually tried it? Or are you just copying that from your employers hymn sheet?
      Henry 3 Dogg
      • Google it

        It's flat, generic, ugly. Did Apple hire Windows, Linux, or Fischer Price designers?
        HypnoToad72
      • Re: Have you actually tried it?

        Yosemite is installed on a separate partition as I am a Mac Developer. I am not alone on this by any means.

        It is highly controversial within the Mac Developer camp which goes right to the core on the inside.
        5735guy
        • Yosemite "highly controversial" in the Mac Dev community?!

          As opposed to what? Whether or not to make your application icon square or round? Carbon vs Cocoa was "highly controversial", Yosemite—not so much.
          matthew_maurice
    • Design wise...

      ... I agree. It's too "busy", sort of like Vista was with its atrocious transparencies. But the most important aspect is how it works. I'm always thick skinned regarding design.
      Ghest
    • It's the new iOS X...

      Right now, they make far more money from iOS than they ever did with OS X. As a result, they're moving OS X to be more like iOS. I think they're hoping that a familiar interface on the Mac will cause all of the iPhone and iPad users to switch to a Mac for consistency across their devices. It's the same mistake Microsoft made with Windows 8. One interface across totally different devices just doesn't work very well. This new design focus may kill interest in the Mac in the same way Windows 8 has killed the momentum of the desktop PC.
      BillDem
      • That isn't my impression

        what the new OS X looks most like is the old OS X (Tiger.) The dock is basically the old dock we used to have, before the skeuomorphic steel tray.

        Looks like they're taking the UI back to basics a bit. The one design trend they're borrowing from iOS is the vectorized iconography.
        Mac_PC_FenceSitter
  • It isn't popularity

    It is the fact that, for the first time, anyone can download it.
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • Re: anyone can download it.....

      Correct if I am wrong but i'm not sure if the Public Beta of Yosemite has been released yet.
      5735guy
    • I think the limit

      Was ine million, but other than that minor point you are correct
      baggins_z
    • Not yet

      Right now, just Mac Developers and iOS Developers.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • Perhaps its a reflection on the success or lack therof with The Maverick

    Most new software appears to be designed by some alien body with ulterior motives and its mostly crap... but was cheaper to build.
    greywolf7
    • Re:Perhaps its a reflection on the success or lack therof with The Maverick

      Of course you know what you are talking about? NOT !
      5735guy
      • My survey of one.

        My survey of one, i.e. me is that Mavericks has made my mac a pain !

        A once speedy slick machine has turned into a lemon overnight by "upgrading". Tiger on the golfball Mac ran better.

        Mail is now dysfunctional and Aperture just utterly failed to work, upgrading that program rewrote all the files which it says will never be able to be read by the old Aperture. Then again Apple now has dumped the whole of the imaging community and abandoned all it's old customers.

        Apple is now a hand held toy company...
        dumb blonde
        • This speaks more to your ability to troubleshoot your own machine…

          and pay attention to upgrade notes than it does about Apple.
          .DeusExMachina.
    • we all know whose software you envision

      Like a well known software house does, you know who...
      danbi
      • You can't be talking about who we think you are

        that would make you, you know, obsessive.....
        William.Farrel