Adoption of macOS has steadily risen in recent months to become the second most-used operating system in the world - and December was a turning point.
Recent statistics provided by StatCounter analyze the global market share of desktop operating systems between June 2022 and June 2023. Windows remains the dominant player with a 68.15% share, but macOS has secured the second position with a noteworthy adoption rate of 21.38%.
This surpasses the adoption rates of Chrome OS and Linux by a significant margin, which have rates of 4.15% and 3.08%, respectively. At 3.23%, an unidentified operating system exists ahead of Linux, but that may be an undetected Windows update.
The pattern of macOS adoption is interesting, as depicted on the chart. It indicates a minor decline from June 2022 to August 2022, followed by an upturn from August to October and another decrease leading to December. However, from that point onwards, macOS has consistently experienced a gradual increase in adoption.
Although Apple didn't launch new Macs in December 2022, it did in January 2023 with the release of MacBook Pro models running M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. The purchase of these high-performance computers might have increased the adoption of macOS, as this operating system is exclusive to Macs.
There are plenty of reasons for the increase in macOS adoption. For example, it's known for its sleek design and user-friendly interface, providing users with a visually appealing and intuitive experience.
Additionally, macOS is highly regarded for its seamless integration with other Apple devices and services, creating a cohesive ecosystem. Apple also focuses on security and privacy, with features like Gatekeeper, FileVault, and encryption, which may resonate with users who want a secure operating system.