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OS X Mavericks will power 70% of Macs before it's replaced by today's upgrade

Gregg Keizer | June 3, 2014
With Apple poised to introduce its next version of OS X within hours, the current edition, Mavericks, will end its career this fall powering almost three-fourths of all Macs, a validation of Apple's decision last year to give away the operating system.

Even though Snow Leopard has resisted retirement more stubbornly than its siblings, it, too, has accelerated its vanishing act: The three-month average decline of 1.3 percentage points was significantly greater than either the six-month or 12-month averages. At its current pace, Snow Leopard — dubbed the "Windows XP" of OS X by Computerworld in the past as a nod to its slower slide — will dip under the 10% mark in November.

Net Applications calculates operating system user share with data obtained from more than 160 million unique visitors who browse 40,000 Web sites that the company monitors for clients.


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