updated 05:25 pm EDT, Fri October 1, 2010
iOS ahead of Android on web, IE sinking further
Apple and Microsoft had opposing results in web share today as iOS reached an all-time best in Net Applications' charts while Internet Explorer on the desktop reached its lowest. The iPad, iPhone and iPod touch combined climbed to reach 1.18 percent of the entire web in September. The gain was enough to keep it growing faster than Android, which was still a fifth as influential at 0.24 percent.
Mobile browsing itself was at an all-time high at 2.8 percent.
Internet Explorer, meanwhile, once again reached a new low for share and dropped to 59.65 percent. Firefox was relatively steady in second place at 22.96 percent, but Chrome and Safari together were the most directly responsible for Microsoft's losses as they reached new highs of 7.98 percent and 5.27 percent. The launch of the Internet Explorer 9 beta only had an effect on IE7 and earlier, not new versions of rivals.
Windows itself also reached a new OS low at 91.08 percent, though this decline came from a mix of Mac OS X, iOS and Java ME.
The statistics group didn't directly attempt to explain the shifts, but sustained iPad, iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch demand may have led to a large number of new owners using the browser for the first time. Desktop browsers are less directly explainable, though any increase in Mac share usually translates to boosts for Safari.