Latest data reveals that iOS devices are now more popular than OS X-based Macs, the end of era?
iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are the rumored new devices of Apple this year that will run the latest version of the iOS mobile operating system, a simpler operating system that doesn’t offer Adobe Flash and doesn’t support faster and more powerful CPUs yet. However, the new data posted online reveals that iOS are now more popular than Mac OS X based on web traffic, or the amount of internet users.
Chitika, a company that offers websites revenue through ad impressions has posted its latest data covering the ad impressions of Macs versus iPhones and iPads (including iPods) that run the iOS operating system. The ad network suggests that for the first time, more iOS users are surfing the web than Mac OS X-based devices or Apple’s MacBook Air, Pro, iMac, etc.
The continuous growth of the iOS was recorded in October last year, so it looks like the new iPhone 4S (launched October last year) helped a lot to achieve the momentum.
Chitika’s data reveals that iOS has been posting regular growth and the total growth as of this month posts nearly 50 percent while Macs posted 25 percent decline, ouch. The new tally, iOS passes Mac OS with 8.15 percent of all web traffic, compared to Mac OS X’s 7.96 percent.
Next month, Apple is reportedly set to introduce the iPad 3, the latest version of the iOS-based tablet computer that will reportedly ship with new CPU, new iOS 5.1, new cameras, and new touchscreen. Also this year, rumors say that the iPhone 5 with larger screen will debut (June or October). Apparently, the two iOS-based devices might give the iOS another impressive market share push that will seriously “hurt” the Mac.
Apple is also expected to introduce new Macs, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs this year and the latest rumor is suggesting that Apple might offer the largest MacBook Air to date, the 15-inch version and similar to last year’s models, the rumor adds that the 15-inch Air laptop might get a July release date.
The latest version of the iOS operating system includes the PC-Free feature, allowing users to activate the iPhone or iPad wirelessly or without the PC and Mac, and it looks like the new software is also helping the mobile operating system to grab more internet market share. The new iOS 5 also offers better web browser, the Safari that now offers easy-to-use tab feature for the iPad, and the read-it-later feature for all iOS-based devices.
It is also worth noting that Apple might introduce a new entry-level iPad 2 price due to iPad 3, and it will arguably give the iOS an advantage against Mac OS X.
The cheapest Mac OS X device available in the market is the 11-inch MacBook Air model sporting the price tag of $999, while the cheapest iPad 2 is priced at $499.
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