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iOS now 3rd most popular internet platform after Windows, Mac

Net Applications is reporting that iOS has passed Linux to become the third most popular platform accessing the internet. With a 1.1% share, they're still behind big brother Mac OS X's 5% and way behind Windows all-encompassing 91.3% share. However, for a mobile OS, especially considering the next most popular mobile OS, Android, is at 0.2%, that's a fairly huge accomplishment. According to Vince Vizzaccaro, VP of NetApps:

“Whatever the sales are, we’re seeing iOS totally dominate the market on the Web. iOS has nearly a 6:1 advantage over Android.”

Eh. Given the high adoption rate of greeks and mainstream now, Android will probably catch up quickly. Linux probably won't. Mobile as a whole is on a tremendous growth curve.

[NetApps via 9to5mac]

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Apple can't be stopped. Cant wait until iPod Touch with data services similar to the iPad 3G. And when FaceTime will become available via MacBooks and iDevices
  • @shevonjames
    There actually is an "iPod" with data services like the iPad. It's called the iPhone....
  • I'm very suprised by these numbers... Sure, smartphones are only a small portion compared to all other existing platforms. But according to these number less than 2% of the hits on websites are made from smartphone? I would expect way more than that...
  • Heh "high adoption rate of greeks and mainstream now" ... Greeks do it better, I guess...
  • According to that chart, iOS didn't just pass Linux. Is shows Linux trending downward pretty steeply. It appears to be due to Linux declining, rather than a significant change in iOS..
  • @ P
    Data only of course
  • There's gotta be something wrong with that chart. It says Linux is on the decline, while actually Linux is growing, both at home and at the office. More and more businesses are switching to Linux as desktop operating system.
  • android IS LINUX with google GUI on top as linux is linux with gnome on top
    check this out
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