Mac share hits 6%, 1-in-6 Macs running Lion

Apple's Mac OS X finally breaks the 6% mark worldwide usage mark.

Data in from California-based web metrics firm NetMarketShare shows that the total Mac OS X usage share worldwide has hit 6% for the first time.

Impressive? Well, yes and no. Hitting 6% is certainly a huge achievement but Mac OS X has been hovering at the 5% mark for a long time ... here's NetMarketShare data going back to September 2009:

So it's taken Apple's Mac OS X a long time to break the 6% mark.

In other news, Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' is now running on one out of every 6 Mac systems. Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' has a total overall market share of 0.96% (putting it at the #10 spot) while 10.6 'Snow Leopard' has an overall market share of 3.22% (#4 spot) and 10.5 'Leopard' with a market share of 1.09% (#8 spot).

For comparison, Windows XP is at the #1 spot with 48.89% overall market share, Windows 7 is at #2 with 28.52%, Vista at #3 with 8.76%.

What's more surprising to me are the stats relating to iOS. iPhone iOS is at 1.74% (#5 spot) while the iPad is at 1.43% (#6 spot).

Linux is at #9 with 1%.

NetMarketShare uses data captured from the 160 million unique visitors browsing some 40,000 Web sites it monitors for clients.