In a remarkable usage shift, just 48 hours after it’s release, Safari now accounts for 32% of MacDailyNews Mac traffic. Just before the release of Safari, of the total Macintosh traffic (which is 75% of our total traffic on the site, with 23% running some flavor of Windows, and 2% of other platforms such as Linux, Sun, SGI Irix), 49% were running Microsoft Internet Explorer, 37% visited with Netscape, 5% used OmniWeb, 1% with iCab, and the remaining 8% visited via a hodgepodge of other browsers, news aggregators, and other means.
Now, current figures based upon the last 48 hours, indicate 32% of our Mac visitors are visiting us with Safari, 37% are using some form of Internet Explorer, 23% with a Netscape browser, and about 8% with other browsers, including OmniWeb (now less than 1%), iCab (under .02%) and other means.
Granted, this is an early snapshot and the information is extremely fluid at this early date, but it clearly shows a remarkable shift away from all other Mac browsers toward Safari. Microsoft Internet Explorer use among Mac visitors dropped 12%, Netscape fell 14%, and OmniWeb and iCab lost almost all of their Mac users based upon visitors in the last 48 hours. Note also that Safari runs only on Mac OS X v10.2 or later and only 44% of our Mac-based visitors in the last 48 hours were running some version of Mac OS X. The other 56% of our Mac visitors were on Mac OS 9 or earlier.
We’ll let you know more in the coming days and weeks when the numbers firm up.
On a related note, ServerWatch reports today that, “Apple said… that upward of 20 percent of all Apple traffic has been from Safari.” More here.