The Inquirer rather bluntly headlines a report “Mac OS fails to interest anyone” based on a recent survey of data collected by Net Applications which shows that the Apple Mac operating system has fallen in worldwide market share from 4.35 to 4.33 per cent, with the ageing Windows XP taking more ground with 84.18%.
Unless something major happens, I don’t see Mac OS X ever being more than something of a niche operating system. Yes, it could theoretically find its way legitimately onto PC desktops, but even after all these years of banging on about security holes, flaws etc. in Windows, it hasn’t made a real impact.
That must in part be due to the premium attached to owning the machine that runs it. Even though Macs are more attractively priced now, like iPod in the portable music player market, there’s a certain ‘luxury price tag’ attached to it. Whereas PCs are ten-a-penny and Windows XP is pretty much what has to sit on them.
Having a better OS doesn’t count for much if the hardware isn’t in majority use. Even Linux struggle, purely on numbers, and they’re on the same plaform. But then, I suppose, so are Macs now. Vista will probably become the next standard OS for the majority of the world’s PCs, however good the alternatives might be.
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