Mac's Record Market Share Expected to Double, Safari 'Solid Third' in Browsers, and More
This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News
Top news this week: Apple is approaching 8% market share, according to WebApplications, and Safari has a solid hold on third place in the browser sweepstakes. On top of that, Gartner expects Apple to double the Mac's market share by the end of 2011.
Our logs at Low End Mac, as published yesterday, show over half our readers visit on Macs, 44% on Windows, 35% using Firefox, 32% with Safari, and just under 25% on Internet Explorer. Of course we'd expect Windows- and Linux-oriented websites to be skewed from the norm as well.
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News & Opinion
- Mac Hits Record Market Share
- OS X Closing on 8% Market Share
- Safari a 'Solid Third' in Browser Market Share
- Apple to Double Market Share in 3 Years?
- The Future Is Apple, Open Source, and Green
News & Opinion
DailyTech's Jason Mick reports:
"Windows may be king, but Apple is trying to out-tortoise the hare
"Apple's OS X comes nowhere near Windows in market share, but the reality is, throughout the last couple years OS X has slowly been gaining traction. It still has many more years to go at this rate before ever evening the OS race, but this does not detract from the fact that it is making progress, largely at Microsoft's expense."
Market Research firm WebApplications reports that the Mac OS platform (green in this chart) enjoyed a 7.57% market share in January, with the iPhone accounting for another 0.13%.
Windows (blue) still has a 91.46% share, while Linux (red) trails distantly at 0.67%.
Market Research firm WebApplications reports that only three Web browsers had a market share above 1% in January, with Apple's Safari (red) at 5.82% behind Firefox (green) and Microsoft's still-dominant but fading Internet Explorer (blue).
ZD Net's Liam Tung reports:
"By 2011, Apple will double its market share in the US and Europe - a trend that will also mean an onslaught of Apple devices invading corporate networks, new research predicts.
"According to analyst firm Gartner, Apple's rapid growth over recent years will see the company take nine percent of the US and Western European personal computing market within the next three years."
Computerworld UK's Jon Brodkin reports:
"Open source, Apple computers, green technology, the rise of users and the proliferation of three-dimensional printing are among the hot trends IT shops should look out for in the next few years, according to Gartner.
"The analyst firm yesterday (31 January) highlighted 10 key predictions of developments that will affect IT and business users in 2008 and beyond....
"Apple will double its market share for computers in the United States and Western Europe by 2011. 'Apple's gains in computer market share reflect as much on the failures of the rest of the industry as on Apple's success,' Gartner says. A focus on interoperability between the iPod, iMac and other devices is one of the keys for Apple.
"* By 2012, half of all workers will use devices other than their laptops when they travel. 'Even though notebooks continue to shrink in size and weight, travelling workers lament the weight and inconvenience of carrying them on their trips,' Gartner states."
Macworld's James Galbraith reports:
"We've published our review of the standard configuration of Apple's recently revised Mac Pro line, but that's not the final chapter in the Mac Pro story.
"In addition to the eight-core, 2.8 GHz model we reviewed, Apple offers three other build-to-order configurations. We've already tested the 3 GHz, eight-core Mac Pro and the 2.8 GHz, four-core system, and we finally received the last piece of the Mac Pro puzzle - an eight-core 3.2 GHz model. As you might expect, this machine, powered by a pair of 3.2 GHz 4-core Xeon processors, is the fastest Mac we've tested yet."
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