Net Applications: Apple Mac ‘market share’ rises to 6.46 percent

Net Applications’ “Market Share” has posted their operating system market share statistics for May 2007 showing Apple Macintosh share at 6.46% (3.95% for non-Intel-powered Macs and 2.51% for Intel-powered Macs). According to Net Applications’ measurements, Mac market share rose a quarter of a percentage point in a single month

Since August (4.33% total), Mac market share has risen 2.13 percentage points.

Net Applications’ “Market Share” stats August 2006 – May 2007:
(Month: non-Intel Macs + Intel-powered Macs = total Mac market share)

08/06: 3.71% + 0.62% = 4.33%
09/06: 3.88% + 0.84% = 4.72%
10/06: 4.09% + 1.12% = 5.21%
11/06: 4.10% + 1.29% = 5.39%
12/06: 4.15% + 1.52% = 5.67%
01/07: 4.34% + 1.88% = 6.22%
02/07: 4.29% + 2.09% = 6.38%
03/07: 3.94% + 2.14% = 6.08%
04/07: 3.89% + 2.32% = 6.21%
05/07: 3.95% + 2.51% = 6.46%

Net Applications’ “Market Share” uses a unique methodology for collecting this data. The company collects data from the browsers of site visitors to their exclusive on demand network of small to medium enterprise live stats customers. The sample size for these sites is more than 40,000 urls. The information published is an aggregate of the data from this network of hosted website statistics. The site unique visitor and referral information is summarized on a monthly basis. The websites in ther population represent dozens of countries in regions including North America, South America, Western Europe, Australia / Pacific Rim and Parts of Asia.

Reasons for Mac market share gains run the gamut from superior security vs. Windows, Apple’s growing retail store network, the iPod Halo Effect, award-winning design, Mac OS X, Mac-only applications such as iLife, ease-of-use, the Mac’s unique ability to run Mac OS X, Linux and Windows concurrently, word-of-mouth, excellent reviews, and more.

Net Applications’ May 2007 “Market Share” stats are here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Markkus” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: Different companies uses different methodologies, so the actual percentage figures aren’t as meaningful as the trends they show. The important point is that Net Applications’ measurements show that Mac’s share continues to increase.


  1. Hear hear, rwinters. 20% would be perfect. It would make the Mac platform impossible to ignore to software developers (developers developers developers), hardware manufacturers and web designers, but wouldn’t make it too ubiquitous to make it lose its special appeal and make it a main target to h4x0rz, script kiddies and their ilk (not that we have to worry about it as much as Windows-sufferers to begin with).

  2. rwinters and Yours Smugly,

    Screw that. I want to see a world where Microsoft Windows no longer exists. When Apple has 90% of the market and is lazy and uncompetitive, at least we’ll have a solid computing foundation that we can use until the next Apple comes along. Maybe by then, Linux will be usable enough to be a real alternative.

    I know, I’m dreaming, but in a perfect world, no one would have to use Windows.

  3. Lars: Also many of the schools need to purchase the older machines so they can run the Classic OS9 mode because they have programs that only run in that. There are a lot of older Macs in schools.

  4. Interesting that the portion for non-Intel Macs is remaining relatively steady. That means old Macs are not being “replaced” by new Macs and being put out of service. Those old Macs continue to be used in the household, or are sold to new users who continue to use them. This is proof that Macs stay relevant and useful longer than PCs that use Windows.

    And the best form of “being green” and recycling is to keep using the old hardware, and not to put them into a landfill. Apple is therefore the most “environmentally” friendly tech company on the planet.

  5. Hey reading into this and if I have done the maths correctly I believe we are seeing a 1% increase every 4 months. So that’s 3% per year and so in 6 or 7 years Apple should have 20% however I am thinking it would be more of an exponential snowball effect so maybe in just 2 – 3 years Apple will get there.

    Woohoo, Go Apple Go!!!

  6. ” I am thinking it would be more of an exponential snowball effect so maybe in just 2 – 3 years Apple will get there”

    Join the real world. Like any such growth (linux, Firefox etc, both predicted to have taken over the world by now) it’ll be an exponential slowdown and an eventual plateau well short of 20%

  7. Apple can easily look forward to 20% share of the consumer mkt, but to acieve that figure overall, there’d need to be a seismic shift in enterprise, and a big change in what’s happening in third work countries where Apple doesn’t really do business.

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