One big difference between Mac and Windows users, especially over the past dozen years, has been the proportion of Mac-users willing to (and even enthusiastically) stay upgraded to the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system. This was true even back in the days when full version upgrades cost $129.95 as opposed to $19.95 for the current cutting edge OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for December 2012 show Windows’ overall market share gaining a quarter point, with OS X and Linux logging modest share losses on the month. Over in the mobile/tablet category, the iOS lost a point in December, despite the successful iPad mini and 4th Generation iPad releases, and iPhone 5 shipment volumes picking up.
NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for November 2012 show Windows’ overall market share dropping a fifth of a point despite the Windows 8 launch, with both OS X and Linux logging modest share gains on the month. Over in the Mobile/Tablet category, the iOS gained more than a point in November, presumably on the strength of the successful iPad mini and 4th Generation iPad releases, and iPhone 5 shipment volumes picking up.
Pundits and analysts evidently aren’t alone in noticing OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s extraordinary staying power, which Apple now tacitly acknowledges by re-offering Snow Leopard installer disks at the Apple Store after an absence of more than a year, priced ten dollars lower than what 10.6 originally sold for.
After Apple released OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, the tech giant decided to pulled all support for the older OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard from the their website. Now, Apple is once again is selling physical copies of Snow Leopard at their online store for $19.99 with free shipping.
While one in four Macs now runs OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, indications are that OS X Snow Leopard, which originally shipped in August, 2009, may be becoming the Mac platform’s equivalent of Microsoft’s Windows XP. Originally released in 2001, Windows XP sees some 40% of Windows users stubbornly refusing to upgrade to subsequent releases of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and now Windows 8.
NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for October 2012 show another basicly sideways month in terms of market share, with Windows dropping infinitesimally, the Mac stayng exactly the same as in September at 7.16%, and Linux edging up ever so slightly.
I had to boot back into Snow Leopard this week for the first time since upgrading to Mountain Lion about three weeks ago. Indeed, it was the first time I’d rebooted at all in the interval since the initial v10.8 install, which speaks well for Mountain Lion’s stability. However, I ran into a graphics task more »
NetMarketShare’s Operating System and Browser Market Share metrics for September 2012 show no major changes in desktop category share standings, but the iOS and Safari suffered significant setbacks in the past month.
Some folks (lots of them evidently) profess to be satisfied with Apple’s move to electronic delivery of operating system version upgrades, initiated with the release of OS X 10.7 Lion in 2011. That satisfaction is a mystery to me.
NetMarketShare’s Operating System and Browser Market Share metrics for August 2012 show no major changes on the month, but for the second consecutive month what movement there was favored Apple.
Personally, my take is that Snow Leopard is destined to be the ultimate reference version of the former Mac OS for a category of middle-aged Intel Macs for a long time to come, just as OS X 10.4 Tiger has become for PowerPC Macs. In my estimation, these two systems are the best, most solid versions of the Mac OS—probably ever—since the “iOSification” of OS X.