More than half of iPad buyers run Windows

iPad users statistics. Credit: Chitika Labs


An iPad tracker from Chitika Labs is currently tracking the various statistics of other non-Apple products new iPad adopters own. Dan Ruby of Chitika Labs forwarded the above bar chart to CNNMoney.com's Philip Elmer-DeWitt yesterday afternoon.


The results are interesting. More than half of the polled iPad adopters run Windows, with a fairly equal distribution of users across Windows XP, Vista, and 7. However, one may assume a substantial portion of iPad/Windows users are dual booting Windows with OS X on their Macs, as OS X users account for about 63% of iPad users. A surprisingly low number of users also own a smartphone device - less than 9% own an iPhone and 1.27% run an Android-based device.


The iPad tracker currently reports an estimated 967,000 iPads sold in the United States, with the highest number (just under 20%) in Apple's home state of California.


Image credit: Chitika Labs

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this statistic is flawed. Have you noticed that 62.95 + 50.96 = 113.91 ?
Impossible. The percentage should be 100% (the total) divided into fractions (the parts).
#FAIL

DaveGreen said,
this statistic is flawed. Have you noticed that 62.95 + 50.96 = 113.91 ?
Impossible. The percentage should be 100% (the total) divided into fractions (the parts).
#FAIL
No, it's not a fail. People are capable of owning more than one computer.

Kirkburn said,
No, it's not a fail. People are capable of owning more than one computer.

Nope. Do the maths once again please.
I have a total of 100 wich means the entire study. Then I have the total and divide it in usage per percentage. It doesn't match mathematically. It's so evident!
This analysis is bogus.

They are separate measurements. If I have both an OS X and a Windows PC, I come under both columns. The choices are not mutually exclusive, and they results do not display overlap.

While the graph is faintly confusing, what it shows is perfectly possible, it has already been explained once in these comments, and it worries me to have to point it out again.

Edited by Kirkburn, Apr 18 2010, 2:56pm :

DaveGreen said,

Nope. Do the maths once again please.
I have a total of 100 wich means the entire study. Then I have the total and divide it in usage per percentage. It doesn't match mathematically. It's so evident!
This analysis is bogus.

i agree, as you cant determine how many are just windows users. it cant be that all windows users that bought the iPad, duel boot OSX, or have a mac and windows PC!

Edited by Ad Man Gamer, Apr 18 2010, 2:51pm :

Yeah, samples are never 100%, sometimes far from it. Someone could leak iTunes data though, directly from Apple. Or try to ask Steve Jobs and see if he responds.

"There are lies, there are damn lies, and then there are statistics" - Samuel Longhorne Clemens or better known as Mark Twain

To me this just shows the people who have bought the iPad, are also people who are Apple fans.

Very interesting about the low amount of iPhone users though. Probably because most people would see that it is a blown up version .

Why? The majority of end users run Windows (more than 90%). How does one not consider that the majority of iPod Touch, iPhone and now iPad users are Windows and not Mac users. I would venture that it is well beyond 50%. As a carrot and stick approach, the iPhone OS platform has been an absolute failure. It is successful, just not at converting people to the Mac platform. It has become its own market dynamic.

DaveGreen said,
I don't believe this, sorry.

You need to stop taking Apple's advertisements too seriously then, even they don't take it serious enough.

Scar said,

You need to stop taking Apple's advertisements too seriously then, even they don't take it serious enough.


In fact I don't take any apple spam bots or advertising any seriously.

evo_spook said,
Probably one of the most useless polls ever.

I have a Macbook and a Windows 7 laptop, as do many others


Why not put windows 7 on the mac?
That's what I plan for my next laptop, the macbook is nice, OSX isnt

Leonick said,

Why not put windows 7 on the mac?
That's what I plan for my next laptop, the macbook is nice, OSX isnt

LOL I don't think it'd go on a G4 Powerbook.

Good news for Apple!

I didn't expect it though, not this early on. I'd expect eager Mac fans to be first in line. But it seems like the casual users are also eager to get this, and I can understand if those are dominated by Windows fans. Not because they're especially likely to run Windows, but because Windows is overall simply the much more common OS.

Northgrove said,
Good news for Apple!

I didn't expect it though, not this early on. I'd expect eager Mac fans to be first in line. But it seems like the casual users are also eager to get this, and I can understand if those are dominated by Windows fans. Not because they're especially likely to run Windows, but because Windows is overall simply the much more common OS.

OR this just shows that the whole MAC vs PC concept is BS

Northgrove said,
But it seems like the casual users are also eager to get this

I'm a Windows user, but I'm certainly not a "casual user" (although I'm not an iPad user either). I'd be inclined to say that the iPad appeals more to enthusiasts running all kinds of operating systems, which is a fairly safe assumption, rather than Mac enthusiasts and casual Windows users wanting the same gear.

Edited by Majesticmerc, Apr 18 2010, 4:36pm :