Tidbit: OS X Mountain Lion. Now Considered The Most-Popular Mac Operating System Among Consumers – [STATS]

Tidbit: OS X Mountain Lion. Now Considered The Most-Popular Mac Operating System Among Consumers – [STATS]


It may seem like common-sense at first, Apple’s latest desktop operating system release being the favoured choice among existing (and potential) Mac users.

However, a new report published by market analytics firm Net Applications suggests that, throughout the 2012 holiday period, OS X Mountain Lion saw its fastest adoption yet — taking the biggest share in internet usage compared to other available versions of Apple’s OS X operating system.

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32-percent of Mac systems that were used to surf the internet in December 2012 were said to be running OS X Mountain Lion. This was compared to the internet usage of systems running Apple’s previous available OS X Lion operating system, which, the report notes, saw its overall internet usage share drop from 30-percent to 28-percent for the same period.

Meanwhile, Apple’s twice-removed update, OS X Snow Leopard, is still seeing strong adoption rates amongst consumers, with internet usage from systems running the OS said to have reflected a 29-percent stake in internet traffic for December.

MacRumors highlights that Net Applications currently tracks the activity of 160 Million internet users a month who have opted-in to take part. This allows the company to track the activity on roughly 40,000 websites, providing a clear and fairly accurate view of OS X usage in this regard.