OS X Yosemite Beta Usage Beats Mavericks' Pace by 4x as New Features and Look Draw Testers

Apple announced OS X Yosemite last month during its worldwide developers conference and released the first beta version of the operating system to developers at the same time. According to web analytics firm Chitika, developer interest in Yosemite is high with an early adoption rate that is significantly greater than its predecessor OS X Mavericks and still growing.

Overall, the data point to a promising future for OS X Yosemite. In the short term, we expect the operating system’s usage share to grow in the wake of the release of the third Developer Preview edition on July 7, 2014. Additionally, with the increased level of developer activity thus far, along with the success of the similarly no cost OS X Mavericks, it’s very probable that OS X Yosemite adoption will outpace that of any other previous Mac desktop OS when it is released publicly later this year.

Chitika measured Mac OS X ad impressions from users in the U.S. and Canada between June 2 and July 2, 2014. Adoption of OS X Yosemite rose quickly after release, climbing to 0.15% of total U.S. and Canadian Mac OS X Web traffic in just a few days. In comparison, OS X Mavericks last year took about 30 days to reach only 0.05% of measured web traffic.

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Chitika attributes this higher adoption to curiosity about new features of OS X, especially those collaborative options that tie into iOS. Along with OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced iOS 8 with new continuity features that improve the cross-platform integration of iOS 8 with OS X Yosemite. Most notable is Handoff, which allows users to start a task on one iCloud-enabled device and easily transfer that task to another nearby device without losing changes.

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80 months ago
iOS-only developers also have access to Yosemite Developer Previews this year. That could account for the large increase.
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80 months ago

or maybe it has everything to do with allowing a limited public beta that increased the numbers significantly?


The public beta isn't out yet.
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80 months ago
That must mean that there are 4x as many Mac developers as last year! :p
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80 months ago
Except the limited public beta isn't public yet ;)
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80 months ago

Didn't know Mavericks did all that. Thanks for letting me know, so snidely even!

Of course you knew all that. You, like all reasonable people, did your homework read the features (http://www.apple.com/osx/advanced-technologies/) and the review (http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10/os-x-10-9/) before making an informed decision that power and performance just aren't a good fit for you. You've been thrilled with the result- an entire year of weaker than necessary performance and battery life, just as one would expect.
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80 months ago

My four-year old air slowed to a snail's pace with Mountain Lion. Too scared to drop a new OS on it. Guess I'll wait until I upgrade.

LOL. You're having performance issues, so you do what any reasonable person would do- refuse to install a free incremental update to Mountain Lion, called Mavericks, that focuses on performance and battery life issues. One proven in multiple third party tests to make even ancient Macs use dramatically less RAM and have longer battery life. One designed to get things done as quickly and efficiently as possible to get your CPU back to low power mode ASAP. Makes sense.

That's what I love about MR- it's where logic goes to die.
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