updated 09:05 pm EST, Sat November 12, 2011
Chitika has Lion adoption levelling off
Adoption of Mac OS X Lion has slowed significantly in the past month, Chitika found in its latest web traffic results. While it was up to 14 percent in September after being available for two months, it had moved just two percent more by late October to hit 16 percent of the Mac user base. Snow Leopard still had a clear majority at 55 percent, while even the four years old Leopard was at 22 percent.
Researchers speculated that the slowed rate may have come from trepidation based on early feedback. The issues have usulaly been temporary, but have included Wi-Fi reliability and short battery life on MacBook Pros. Other complaints, such as the at times counter-intuitive default scrolling, might have also played a part, Chitika said.
Not mentioned, but possibly playing a role, are the added performance overhead for some and for the discoverability. Apple sells Lion on USB drives at its stores, but the OS' primary download mechanism is through the Mac App Store. This not only discourages casual upgrades from those who don't know Lion is available but rules it out altogether for those on Leopard and Tiger, who can't see the download option.
The adoption rate is still faster than for Microsoft. Windows 7, now two years into its lifespan, has only just overtaken XP, becoming the first OS to overtake XP since it launched a decade ago. Vista was eclipsed quickly, but primarily because it was unpopular enough both at home and with corporate buyers that Microsoft didn't see as many software upgrades and, in some situations, saw buyers skip buying their usual software upgrades or even skip new PCs to avoid using the 2007-era software.