Mac Marketshare Up 34.6% From Last Year

Apple's marketshare continues to climb, up 34.6 per cent, year on year, new statistics reveal. According to Net Applications' latest research figures (for October) for platforms used when accessing the web, Mac usage has climbed a phenomenal 52.8 per cent since January 2005.

Macs accounted for a total of 5.21 per cent of the web usage market in October. What makes the statistic even more interesting is that Intel Macs accounted for 1.12 per cent of that figure, implying that around one-in-five Macs used online are now Intel-based. In September, all breeds of Mac accounted for 4.72 per cent of the market, with Intel Macs accounting for 0.84 per cent of that.

In January, Intel Macs had no presence whatsoever online, the researchers claim. Safari now holds 3.93 per cent of the browser market, Firefox 12.96 per cent and Internet Explorer retains a sliding 81.18 per cent. These statistics were first gathered and analysed by the Switch To A Mac website.

News source: Macworld UK

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I wonder what percentage of those Intel-based Macs are really machines running hacked versions of OS X? When a new build was released the other day, there were over 2000 peers on a single torrent at one time. Machines running the hacked OS would show up in web usage stats as an Intel Mac.

According to w3schools, Mac has a 3.8% online presence in September. So from September they went up to 5.2%...? That's like a 50% increase! Wow, now I just need to decide wether I should trust a Mac site or a website dedicated to helping web developers!!!
Perhaps these stats were US only... either way, it is terrible reporting when stats like this are stated so bluntly, with so little explanation as to how/where the data was collected.

Macs account for around 5% of the market, nothing shocking about that.

What's not shocking either, indeed amusing, is that so much is being made of this. Mac fanatics are so desperate for the personal computing portion of the company to stay relevant (therefore worth keeping around and not spun off or shut down by Apple) that they'll seize upon any morsel of good news, even if it actually only demonstrates what a fringe product Macs truly are.

Quote - hdhale said @ #4
Macs account for around 5% of the market, nothing shocking about that.

What's not shocking either, indeed amusing, is that so much is being made of this. Mac fanatics are so desperate for the personal computing portion of the company to stay relevant (therefore worth keeping around and not spun off or shut down by Apple) that they'll seize upon any morsel of good news, even if it actually only demonstrates what a fringe product Macs truly are.

How are they a fringe product? Over the past 6 years they have shown nothing but growth, in some cases that overcoming what growth was shown in the PC market. Also, just because they have 5% market share, thats still millions and millions of people. A lot of those are in design and considering that Macs have been and still are for the most part the industry standard for design due to color management as well as software offerings, I would hardly say they are a fringe product. And the fact that the market share is slowly but surely going up, makes for even better news. I'd say perhaps 3 years ago you could fairly say they were a fringe product. But nowadays, hardly.

Quote - hdhale said @ #4
Macs account for around 5% of the market, nothing shocking about that.

What's not shocking either, indeed amusing, is that so much is being made of this. Mac fanatics are so desperate for the personal computing portion of the company to stay relevant (therefore worth keeping around and not spun off or shut down by Apple) that they'll seize upon any morsel of good news, even if it actually only demonstrates what a fringe product Macs truly are.


Well said, Mac users just want to capture every news like this to protect their purchases but actually they are just lying to themselves.

Quote - XIII said @ #4.2

Well said, Mac users just want to capture every news like this to protect their purchases but actually they are just lying to themselves.

Lying to ourselves? What? A 34% growth is quite phenomenal, no matter what product it is.
We have no reason to protect our purchases, as, obviously, they're doing exactly what we bought them for, and more possibilities are opening up as the market share increases.
I use both Mac and Windows, before you start going on about me being a "Mac Zealot".

Nothing is shoking except that the obvious fact that moving to Intel has given Apple a notible increased share in the market, especially given the timeframe.

Ahhh, gotta love the media. 34.6% is really an increase from, what, about 3% to about 5% worldwide? The headline should read "Mac's marketshare grows by 2%"... but Apple's gotta make themselves look good somehow.

Quote - C_Guy said @ #8
Ahhh, gotta love the media. 34.6% is really an increase from, what, about 3% to about 5% worldwide? The headline should read "Mac's marketshare grows by 2%"... but Apple's gotta make themselves look good somehow.

A 2% Worldwide market increase IS BIG news for Apple, and is a 34.6% increase over last year. They almost doubled their marketshare in a short timespan. It's very good news for Apple and Mac owners because it shows people ARE switching. If this trend keeps up Apple will become possibly the third or even second biggest computer vendor in the World. I doubt Dell will be dethroned anytime soon, but the silly notion that Macs/Apple are dying, or not worth purchasing is silly.

People must remember that while Mac marketshare continues to rise, MS' marketshare is lowering, this is actually bad news for MS. Not drastic yet, but bad.

Sorry, I disagree.

Ok, I will give you that 3% -> 5% is almost double but it doesn't necessarily show a huge trend towards "switching". Lots of people also switch from Apple to Windows (and I've heard more success stories of these switches than Windows to Mac but that's just my experience) Part of the trend is also a result of an overall increase in the number of computer users.

And, with just single-digit market share, Apple will never be a top vendor.

However, this is still good news for Microsoft. In fact, it's excellent. Why? One of the recent ads for Mac state that a top reason to "switch" is because Macs run Windows. (I personally don't think if you go from a PC running Windows to a Mac running Windows you can still call it "switching" but that's just me). This means that even if Apple's market share goes up, one prime reason (according to the ads) is because you can continue to use Windows. That means that as Apple's marketshare goes up, so does Microsoft's.

As Apple's marketshare rises, so does Microsoft's. Not at the same rate, granted, because not all Mac people will use BootCamp, but many will.

Quote - C_Guy said @ #8.3

And, with just single-digit market share, Apple will never be a top vendor.

I guess you missed the article a week or two ago that stated that Apple was the fourth largest personal computer seller in the US, with Gateway/eMachines only edging them out by a small margin to take third place (behind HP/Compaq and Dell). That means that Apple sells more computers than Sony, more than Toshiba, more than Alienware, and more than pretty much any other computer maker you may have heard of. I'd say being in the top 4 makes them a "top vendor".

These are significant growth numbers. I think the anecdotal evidence is telling, too; I know a lot of PC users considering a Mac who never would have before. Walk into any classroom or coffee shop and tell me the Mac is a fringe platform. I think as a consumer OS (taking away all those cash registers running Windows 98), the Mac is really significant. And nowadays I'm even seeing people running Linux on laptops, which at one point would have been like seeing a flying humpback whale over Texas.

I'll never understand either the hard-core Mac zealots nor the Windows users who feel the need to slam another platform. The simple truth is, the Windows platform benefits immensely from a competitive landscape and mixed-platform environments. I love my PCs -- and I'm hugely reliant on open source software, non-Microsoft software, cross-platform software, the ability to share printers and files, the ability to have a Java platform that runs on Windows, etc., etc. I connect regularly to Linux servers and know my way around the Linux command prompt. I run cygwin on one PC for the benefits of Unix. I also know Mac developers who have made the move to PC development so they can support both platforms, and bring their unique perspective to Windows development and software design.

So much of what you hear about Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X alike is people slamming various issues with them or questioning how relevant they are (and that includes anti-Windows zealots). I wrestle with all three OSes and swear at them, sure, but the truth is they're all very capable systems.

34% increase over their own numbers...so, now instead of 100 mac users, there's 134...big whoopty doo. 8P

Despite the meaningless hype (the handful of Macs are still swamped by umteen bazillion PCs), this is indeed a key moment in OS history. Since people are going to have to buy a new PC to use the very weak, overpriced Vista, and Macs now run competitively priced Intel processors and are capable of running both OSX & Windows XP, it will be interesting to see if those people looking to buy a new computer seriously consider adding a Mac to their home instead of another PC.

Disappointed MS Fanboy

Maybe so, but what are Acer's sales numbers? I didn't even see them listed in the article last week talking about the marketshare numbers (you know, the one that had Apple in 4th place in the US behind Gateway/eMachines, HP/Compaq, and Dell). The fact that they weren't even listed makes me believe that they were well behind Apple in number of units sold.

In the third quarter, Acer holds 5.9 percent of the world's PC market share, while Hewlett-Packard came in first with 16.3 percent, followed by Dell with 16.1 percent and Lenovo with 7.5 percent, according to Gartner Dataquest.

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