updated 12:05 pm EST, Mon February 2, 2009
Mac online share peaks
Macs achieved their highest-ever online representation in January, figures from Net Applications reveal. Browser access from Mac OS systems reached 9.93 percent last month, a slight increase over December's 9.63 percent. The numbers reflect a continuing upward trend since at least March of last year, when Mac share was only 7.48 percent. Occasional drops -- experienced in April, July and October -- are noted to have been marginal.
January growth may have come mainly at the expense of Windows, which has been on a downward trend since March, and slipped again from December's 88.68 percent to to hit 88.26. Linux share dropped a minimal amount to 0.83 percent, while PlayStation and FreeBSD usage merely held steady at 0.04 and 0.01 percent, respectively.
Notable is that iPhone access grew from 0.44 to 0.48 percent, while "other" platforms rose in use from 0.35 percent to 0.45. The drive behind either factor is unknown, though they may have been influenced by increased post-Christmas smartphone ownership.