Net Applications: iPhone usage share increased 58% from July to August; Safari hits new high

Net Applications’ Operating System Usage Trend shows that iPhone usage grew quickly with the initial launch, but held steady for the 3-4 months prior to the release of iPhone 3G, most likely due to the lack of iPhone supply prior to the launch of iPhone 3G, which would naturally stunt growth in usage.

With the release of iPhone 3G in July, its usage share rose markedly from 0.16% to 0.19%. However, the month of August shows a huge surge in usage to 0.30% market share. Apple’s Mac usage share holds steady at just under 8%. Apple’s Safari Web browser hit a new all-time high in August of 6.37%.

Operating System Web Usage Stats, August 2008:

See the iPhone OS usage trend from October 2007 – August 2008 here.

Net Applications’ OS Web usage stats details here.

Net Applications’ browser Web usage stats details here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]


  1. SunOS 0.01% – sad, sad, sad

    This was once a great operating system. May it rest in peace.

    I was considering building a SunOS virtual machine on my Mac, but what’s the point? All of the tools that I once ran under Solaris are now ported to Linux and Windows.

    Linux will probably follow the same path. A slow lingering death as applications move to MacOS.

  2. And the lord looked upon ron and saw that ron was deluded.

    “But he went fifth and saw the Vista and was deeply afraid.”

    Because verily though Vista usage increased by one full point through August, Mac OS usage verily did slide back to levels of three months ago.

    Let us count the number of the months of Mac OS X share retreat. Thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, thou shalt understand how far Mac OS X has fallen.

  3. Desktop Linux is still doubling year on year according to the trend graphs. I’m sure even if the iPhone does overtake that the Linux crowd will be happy, since that momentum could see them get a 4% share in just two years time if it can be maintained, which translates to more users than the Mac had when it was at 4% (and very much a viable platform at the time I’m sure you’ll all agree).

  4. “Linux will probably follow the same path. A slow lingering death as applications move to MacOS.”

    Except this is desktop browsing use. There’s no suggestion that Mac OS X is making any inroads into Linux’s niche on the server side. Tens of millions of Linux servers and devices running embedded Linux get shipped each year. They just don’t browse the web and end up in this survey.

  5. Wow, the iPhone is just about to knock Windows 98 out of 8th spot!

    If this keeps up pretty soon the iPhone will be as popular a browsing platform as Windows NT!

    And if Apple sells seven as many iPhones as it has already it will overtake Windows 2000 as a browsing platform!

    Apple Rocks!

  6. A large increase in mac share will happen this month and the next with all the kids going back to school and college. Vista may well be increasing it’s share but overall Windoze is down 2.5% in the last 12 months.

    A rough guesstimate is that a 1% increase in share is about 2M macs a year. At an ASP of $1400, that is an additional 3B in revenue. By that account Apple increased their revenue this year by 6B at least in Macs alone.

    Add in iPhone revenue and the balance sheet is looking very healthy.

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