OS X 10.9 Mavericks Download Rate Continues to Grow

Apple’s new OS gained 1.58 percent in the month of November

The newest version of Apple’s Mac operating system continues to gain adopters six weeks into its debut, reaching 2.42 percent market share, one-and-a-half percent of which was garnered in the month of November alone.

Net Applications has released market share data comprising the world’s top operating systems. Leaving aside Microsoft’s huge share of the market, we’ll focus on the numbers that talk about Mavericks’ growth.

According to the metrics firm, Mavericks gained 1.58 points during the month of November, taking the OS from just 0.84 percent to a total share of 2.42 percent.

Since Mavericks was released in late-October, the numbers aren’t exactly staggering, though it does appear that customers are steadily upgrading to the free OS weeks after its debut.

Naturally, older OS X versions lost some points as a result of Mavericks’ release. Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) shed 1.48 points to reach an install base of 1.85 percent, while Lion (OS X 10.7) dropped 0.22 percent to have 1.34 points today.

Heavily regarded as the XP of the Apple world, Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) dropped 0.07 percent and now has 1.53 percent of the OS X install base, while Leopard (OS X 10.5) now has 0.32 percent of the pie, after dropping 0.01 points.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said during the October 22 unveiling that “Mavericks is an incredible release, which introduces significant new apps and features, while also improving the performance and battery life of your Mac.”

“We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security. We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free,” Federighi added.

Users can download OS X Mavericks for free from the Mac App Store, upgrading from OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6.8) or a newer Mac OS version.

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