Apple’s model of releasing new versions of OS X for free seems to be working, as analytics vendor Net Applications reports steady growth for the two month old OS X Yosemite. According to the research firm, OS X Yosemite now accounts for 45 percent of all instances of OS X it tracks, closing in on the halfway mark.

Net Applications estimates operating system user share by counting visits to the websites that deploy its metrics package. It was the first time that Yosemite became the most popular OS X edition, according to its research. At the same time in previous years, OS X Mavericks had reached 37 percent user share and Mountain Lion had reached 26 percent.

It’s a bit surprising that Yosemite has reached such high numbers, considering the amount of problems its had in the early days since its launch in October. Users have been seeing issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, trouble booting OS X, excessive Mail trouble, bad battery life, and more.

One reason Yosemite may be so high, is that Apple offered a free beta of the new operating system over the summer for users to try and help iron out bugs. Or, users just really like the free model and wanted the new Yosemite features like Handoff, UI tweaks, and redesigned built-in apps.

Looking for a a quick way to get up to speed on all of OS X Yosemite’s most outstanding features? Our OS X Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide is a visual tool to help you become quickly acclimated with some of Yosemite’s most notable new additions, improvements, and changes.


  • philip Mills

    not good for retna

    • Carlos Medina

      if i could upvote endless amount of times i would cause HOLY Sh*T it has so many annoying bugs. The fact that it hasn’t had many updates to adhere to the bugs makes me cringe.

      • Jurassic

        What “bugs” are you talking about?

        I haven’t had any problems at all with Yosemite, from the beta to the current version.

        Since only some people (definitely a minority) are complaining, and since those complaints vary from one person to another, partial blame for any “problems” should go to the users.

        If a user’s system has simple uncorrected problems (for example incorrect permissions or a corrupt directory file) when they upgrade OS X, they will run into worse problems. Maintaining your operating system and hardware prior to upgrades will solve most problems.

      • James G

        I can name at least a few bugs:

        1) Having to restart at least weekly when my iPhone constantly asks me to “Trust” the same computer

        2) Finder & iCloud issues…try dragging a folder within your iCloud Drive into the sidebar for quick navigation. Can’t do it; but the keyboard shortcut to add a folder to sidebar does work (meaning this is a bug instead of a ‘feature’)

        3) Finder list views are inconsistent for directories within iCloud Drive.

        4) Hitting the number keys on your keyboard don’t consistently send through phone keypad entries when making FaceTime calls over your iPhone.

        5) Inconsistent “Handoff” experiences.

        6) Connection to AirPort Time Capsule continues to reset, requiring I reboot my computer or my entire network at least once every two weeks.

        And those are just the ones I’ve dealt with in the last 24-48 hours. However, I still prefer Yosemite over Mavericks. The new features and the new look > the annoyance of bugs.

        But, I’ve never really had wi-fi problems and if that wasn’t the case I might not be so forgiving.

      • Jurassic

        I am having NONE (zero) of those problems.

        I’m not saying that YOU are not experiencing problems, only that I’m not!

        The fact that there is this inconsistency, proves that the problems you have listed may be related to other causes (such as the few examples I have listed above).

        A good way to test this for yourself is to do a clean install of Yosemite on an external boot disk, and run it for a while without adding any third-party apps or other crud (including incompatible drivers).

        Since I have had NONE of the problems you listed, the causes would have nothing to do with Yosemite itself, but rather with some other factors.

        An analogy: If you don’t maintain your car properly, or if you add corrosive materials to the engine, and you run into problems, it is not that the car that is the cause.

      • James G

        A clean OS X install is temping but I’ve for almost 900GB of data I’d have to restore. Not sure how willing I am to go through all that just to address some bugs.

        Maybe some day; I dont know. It sounds like restoring from a Time Machine backup would even negate the clean install; is that accurate?

      • rockdude094

        I downgraded after a few days. Even the ratings show that ppl aren’t satisfied with the os

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Since they launched the update to “improve” WiFi stability and performance, my Wi-Fi has been screwed. It was fine before the update..

  • Joe

    I wonder if they count people who’ve ‘downgraded’ back to Mavericks because of serious WIFI issues? I tried every tip and trick to fix it – even installed the 10.10.2 beta but nothing would keep my WIFI from disconnecting every 5-10 minutes.

    Downgrading was a serious pain (google how to.. there’s a lot of steps). But, it was worth it since I can use my laptop again.

    • James G

      No. Because if you visited a site that their metrics tagging is on it’d identify your machine as Mavericks.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    I guess hackintosh doesn’t count here huh.