Yosemite adoption (Chitika 001)

Adoption rates of the OS X Yosemite Developer Preview are smashing records with four times greater usage than its predecessor, OS X Mavericks. Developers’ striking interest in the software is evidenced by usage stats web analytics firm Chitika provided Wednesday.

According to data, adoption figures of the Yosemite betas in North America have significantly outpaced those of OS X Mavericks, by as much as a factor of four.

Early adopters have helped OS X Yosemite Developer Preview hit 0.20 percent of total U.S. and Canadian web traffic originating from Mac OS X. By comparison, the OS X Mavericks Developer Preview was only able to hit a meager 0.05 percent mark after 30 days…

The data is based on hundreds of millions of ad impressions across Chitika’s ad network in the United States and Canada.

In a nutshell, Chitika argues that Yosemite’s adoption rates – once the software gets released for public consumption this Fall – will eventually beat figures by any other previous Mac desktop operating systems.

The increased level of aggregate activity for Yosemite is likely partially driven by the prominent changes present in this OS version fueling a higher degree of developer curiosity and experimentation.

The changes to Safari in particular may be prompting a greater amount of Web usage from current users in terms of testing and customization.

The spikes seen on the chart top of post relate to Apple’s release of OS X Yosemite Developer Preview editions.

And here’s a look at the OS X ecosystem:

OS X verson distribution (Chitika 001)

As you can see, the nine-year old OS X Tiger still generates more web traffic than Yosemite.

Also, Mavericks’ share has increased by six percentage points to 45.7 percent since Chitika’s study in March 2014, with Lion and Mountain Lion usage share shrinking over the same time frame.

At any rate, Chitika’s findings don’t surprise me.

With some major new features like Continuity/Handoff and a subtle yet major visual overhaul that brings the Mac experience in line with the minimalist iOS concepts, it’s expected that Apple’s registered developers would rush to check out the latest goodies.

OS X Yosemite (dark mode, Hamza Sood 001)

Yosemite’s usage numbers should receive another boost based on Monday’s release of the third Developer Preview edition year.

Another reason for Yosemite’s 4x greater usage figures: for the first time ever, Apple gave developers free access to the Yosemite beta. Previously, only programmers on Apple’s $99 a year Mac Developer Program were allowed to download OS X betas.

Let’s not forget that average Joes who registered for Apple’s OS X Beta Program will soon – in another “first” move – be able to download and install Yosemite betas, so expect usage stats to grow by a million new users as a result.

  • John Wickham

    This could have something to do with the fact that this is the first time iOS developers have been given access to the OS X beta.

    • Ashton Nile

      Not the first time. It’s a first for the public, but that’s not out yet, so..

  • Willie

    Well, Yosemite is really cool. Especially the iOS and OS X integration with continuity!!

  • Decio Arruda

    I was using it but Ableton Live 9 and Logic Pro 9 were having massive issues with them and they were practically unusable……

    • Dean Johnson

      Well what did you expect?

      • Decio Arruda

        mehh, but I really wanted to try it out.

  • Decio Arruda

    How many people are with me when I say that “Snow Leopard WAS AND IS The Best Operating System Ever Made By ManKind!”?

    • Leo

      So… Apple never improved on the OS in these new versions? Or do you mean it was the most stable since it was essentially just a stability release?

    • Damian

      No no and no

      Mountain OS was a huge departure with the multi windows and needless to say lion and mavericks continued to improve and perfect already the best system.

      I would think you mean leopard was the lightest osx of them all, not a huge resource hog

      • Decio Arruda

        But Snow Leopard was just so stable and fast. I still have an old macbook white with it and when I have to do something quickly without waisting time I prefer it over my new macbook pro with an SSD.

      • Damian

        Of course it was stable and fast. It did not have so many features, plus, the old MacBooks can’t handle the new system that well.

        It is like saying the best iOS is iOS 4 because it was fast and stable. But you would forget about the fact iOS 4 did not even come close in terms of features to iOS 7.

        Plus my old iPhone 4 can’t handle iOS 7, but iOS 4 is lightning fast

      • Decio Arruda

        I know all of that but still, the features don’t justify a macbook white being more reliable than a 15 inch quad-core Macbook Pro with 16 GB of ram, I hope the update after Yosemite is not a feature update but rather a repackage or stability update because in my eyes it is needed.

  • Martin

    At this point, Im not even going to install Yosemite once the public beta is released (if ever) since we’re a month and a half away from the official release.

  • Samir

    Anyone want to tell me how to enable that debug menu?

    • Nik

      If I remember correctly, the Finder debug menu with that many options is only in developer builds, but if you are on a public release and want to see if it’s there you can either download an application like MacPilot and look for the relevant option, or if you’re comfortable with Terminal (I assume you are since you want a debug menu)…

      Launch that bad boy (Terminal) and enter the following command:

      “sudo defaults write com.apple.finder ShowDebugMenu -bool true”

      Obviously, don’t include the quotation marks. If you want to turn it off just use the same command, but replace true with false.

      This same command can be used on almost every first party app, you just have to address a different bundle identifier. For example, if you input that command with “com.apple.appstore” instead of “com.apple.finder” it will enable the App Store’s debug menu (which actually has items that are useful to non-developers). For iTunes, you’d address the bundle identifier “com.apple.itunes”. There are, however, rare occasions that the identifier’s suffix isn’t what you’d expect it to be (such as how Messages’ identifier is “com.apple.iChat” rather than “com.apple.messages”).

      Really, though, it’s easier just to use apps like MacPilot so you don’t have to memorize and/or look up all of the different hidden preferences.

      • Samir

        Thanks. I already figured it out though lol