Another little habit developed more recently is to pop up the calculator on my iPhone and just run some numbers. Sometimes money, sometimes statistics, sometimes just to see if a number I heard or read on the news made sense and could be verified. Here are some numbers you might find interesting.
It’s The User Base
For years we Mac users suffered at the hands of Windows users who numbered in the hundreds of millions while we numbered in the tens of millions. Today, Mac users may number nearly 100-million, but that number pales in significance to Windows users worldwide which some put at nearly 1.5-billion.
Maybe so and maybe not but that doesn’t mean Apple’s customers are in the minority. Why not? Apple itself says it has more than 1-billion iPhones and iPads in use. Add that to the number of Mac users and Apple has a substantial customer base.
Linux and Windows phone users don’t count because the overall numbers are just too low to count. Maybe next year will be the Year of Linux on the desktop. What about Android? That’s a different story. Microsoft sells Windows to run on hundreds of millions of new PCs each year. Apple sells the Mac which comes with OS X. iPhone and iPad come with iOS.
Google’s Android is a free operating system and, according to Google, it runs on about 1.5-billion devices worldwide, so it’s also the world’s most popular operating system.
In total numbers, Apple lags Android and Windows but not by much. It can be argued that the Apple ecosystem is rich and vibrant and provides high quality apps for customers, and good revenue for app developers. Android can’t say that. In many ways, the Mac is the ultimate personal computer because not only does it run OS X, it can run various flavors of Linux and Unix, as well as all of the most recent Windows versions. All at the same time if you want.
Now, let’s take a look at some different numbers that all relate to iOS, Mac, Android, and Windows. Among the major operating systems, which ones have the highest usage of the latest versions?
As of now, iOS 9.x runs on nearly 90-percent of all iOS devices worldwide. That’s a remarkable penetration rate, especially when compared to Android whose latest version, Marshmallow (which was launched at about the same time as iOS 9 last year) barely runs on 10-percent of all Android devices.
What about Mac vs. Windows? For the Mac, almost 75-percent of all Macs run OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan, both released within the past two years. For Windows, it’s Windows 7 that dominates even though it was released seven years ago. In fact, about 50-percent of Windows PC users still use Windows 7. Windows XP remains on 10-percent of PCs. The newest is Windows 10 and Microsoft has pushed the upgrade to a few hundred million devices for free. The end result is 20-percent penetration and even Microsoft admits that 1-billion PC users won’t be using Windows 10 until after 2018 (and that includes Windows Phone, all tablet notebook touchscreen hybrids).
Although iOS and OS X trail Android and Windows in overall marketshare, Apple’s most recent versions of each operating system shows up on more devices than the competition. That means Apple’s customer base gets security updates and feature upgrades that Android and Windows user base does not.