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Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 12:50 pm PT (03:50 pm ET)

More than 2% of world's Web traffic comes from Apple's iOS devices

Apple's iOS, which powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, cracked 2 percent of all Web browsing in January, with a share north of 5 percent in both the U.K. and Australia to start 2011.

Net Applications on Tuesday published the results of its latest worldwide browser market share findings. The numbers show that in the month of January, Apple's iOS mobile operating system and the Mobile Safari browser cracked the 2 percent barrier for the first time.

iOS, which runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, represented 2.06 percent of all global browsing in January. The analytics firm noted that growth of iOS market share accelerated over the holidays, a typical pattern for Apple as the company's products are given as gifts.

Apple has the greatest market share presence in Singapore, where iOS devices represented 9.98 percent of all Web browsing traffic. Also noteworthy was Australia, where 5.6 percent of browser traffic came from iOS devices.

The U.K. also had a strong showing, with 5.1 percent of total Web traffic originating from iOS users. In the U.S., 3.4 percent of all browser traffic is represented by Apple's mobile operating system.

Net Applications


Last month, Apple revealed that it has sold more than 160 million iOS devices since the iPhone first launched in 2007. Growth of the iOS platform accelerated considerably in 2010 with the debut of the iPad and the launch of the iPhone 4.

In fact, just days after the iPad launched, the Web browsing presence of the device already rivaled both the Google Android and Research in Motion BlackBerry platforms. The iPad quickly surpassed Android in browser share by July of 2010.