Apple’s iOS has more web users than Linux

Apple’s iOS is now more popular for web browsing than Linux, according to Net Applications.

The stats company looks at the browser, operating system and other vital details of people using the web.

Last month, the percentage of people using Linux while browsing slipped to 0.85%, while iOS – the operating system running the iPhone, iPad and iPod – continued its climb to 1.13%, the stats company said. However, it’s worth noting that Linux users often disguise their browser agent to make it appear they’re running Windows/Internet Explorer, so that they can take full advantage of website features.

Nearly two-thirds of the iOS share is via iPhones, with a quarter from iPads and the rest from iPods.

“Upon the version 4 release, the iPhone posted its largest single-month usage gain ever in July,” Net Apps noted. “This gain comes amid persistent reports of antenna problems. Global usage share jumped from 0.59% to June to 0.7% in July.”

The iPhone’s share grew at more than twice the pace of Android, which hit 0.20% in August – falling short of even the 0.27% held by Symbian.

While mobile browsing continued to slowly add share, the majority of web browsing is still done from computers, with Windows holding 91.34% share and Mac grabbing 5%.


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