Computerworld’s Greg Keizer reports that half of all Macs that went online in March were running OS X Mavericks with Version 10.9 accounting for the largest adoption percentage of any individual OS X version since 2009′s Snow Leopard.
Strictly speaking, six-month-old Mavericks accounted for 49.5 percent of all Mac operating systems tracked by Web analytics company Net Applications last month, its nearest rival being OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which dates way back to August 2009, and whose users have proved more die-hard than those of its penultimate and immediate successors, Lion (OS X 10.7) and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), which launched in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Indeed, your editor is typing this report on a MacBook running Snow Leopard. I do have Mavericks on my five month old Haswell MacBook Air, but as yet haven’t found it compelling enough to entice me to upgrade the older notebook (which is supported by Mavericks), thereby cutting myself loose from several older Carbon based applications that I’m loath to lose access to. If you’re looking for a reason for Snow Leopard’s extraordinary longevity, that would be it. Plus it still works really well, and I like its implementation of Spaces and Exposé better.
Computerworld’s Keizer observes that during their respective tenures of roughly one year each of being the newest OS X version, neither Lion nor Mountain Lion reached the level Mavericks attained in March, Lion having topped out at 47 percent while Mountain Lion managed 49 percent, and of the last four versions of OS X, only Snow Leopard, (which was “newest” for nearly two years, exceeded 50 percent.
The difference with Mavericks of course is that it’s a free upgrade from any version of OS X from Snow Leopard on inclusive, while Lion cost $29.99, and Mountain Lion $19.99.
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