Monday, June 2, 2008

Mac OS X and Safari Browser’s Market Share at Record High

The Net Applications survey indicates that Apple’s share of the operating system market grew by a astonishing 5.69% in May to hit a record high of 7.83%. Apple’s Safari Web browser share also hit new all-time high of 6.25% in May 2008.

Microsoft Windows OS, which still runs on 9 out of 10 computers on the Internet, fell half a point to a record low 91.17%.

The iPhone’s OS, which is measured separately from Mac OS X, held 0.16% of US market share in May, compared to 0.14% in April.

According to a report from IDC, Apple iPhone’s market share in the smartphones category in the US is currently at 19.2% percent, a drop from 26.7% the quarter before. This is likely due to customers hoding off iPhone purchases in anticipation of the new 3G model, which is expected to be launched on June 9th. Apple has confirmed that its online inventories for the original version of the iPhone are sold out in the U.S. and U.K. Apple appears to be clearing out its inventories in preparation for the iPhone 2.0 release. This, in conjunction with customers holding off purchasing until 2.0 is released has temporarily leveled off the iPhone usage share.

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