LATEST USAGE FIGURES appear to show that Apple’s Iphone OS has managed to surpass Linux.
The figures presented by web analytics outfit Netmarketshare, outline the incredible success enjoyed by Apple with its cut down IOS operating system that is loaded on the firm’s Iphone, Ipad and Ipod Touch devices. It also goes to show how well Apple has succeeded in marketing its closed products to the masses.
Linux, on the other hand, is found in various guises but arguably has the biggest market share in servers, where its low cost, reliability and security have made it almost ubiquitous. When it comes to handhelds, even accounting for Google’s Linux based Android operating system, combined market share is still below that of Apple’s IOS.
It’s no big surprise that the figures show Android usage growing rapidly and in all likelihood it will surpass that of IOS in the coming months. However the reported eclipse of Linux is somewhat surprising. Linux on the desktop, arguably still not ready for primetime, has been maturing for some time, with distributions catering for beginners along with weary Windows users. Perhaps it is the variety of choices that is putting off users, as the success of IOS appears to suggest that users prefer to be force fed software.
The figures also show that Mac OS X, which underneath its frilly user interface is based on the BSD Mach kernel, is doing quite well, amassing almost 5 per cent. However above that it’s all Microsoft with Windows XP still commanding a 45 per cent lead over Windows 7 with 60 per cent of the reported OS market share.
Though Linux users might disbelieve the poor showing here, it is far more likely that the Linux kernel will appear in more and more devices as it is packaged into mobile distributions such as Android and Meego.
In the meantime though, it seems that Apple has done a very good job flogging a walled garden operating system to those who don’t know any better.
After our post yesterday about upgrading to the new iPod touch 4th gen, we had some nice feedback from our readers and a few people made it pretty clear that it was a “no-brainer” to update their old iPod.
While the current iPod touch does so much, if it added a retina display, GPS, A4 chip, and microphone, then the device would become so much more. As one user puts it, the new 2010 iPod touch could also be your hiking GPS, street navigator, videophone, digital camera, camcorder and more.
Slash Gear talks about the fourth generation iPod touch getting a new flat back much like the one on the iPhone 4, although they did say that it may be in a stainless steel or aluminum finish.
Personally I love the new flat design on the iPhone 4, it has a more solid and expensive feel to it. What do you think? Other than all the new rumored features, would you like a flat back on the new iPod touch?
The Apple press event planned for September 1 is expected to bring news of a new iPod touch for 2010, which could be called “iPod touch 4” following on from the iPhone 4 name change. The feature list could also follow iPhone 4, but some users ask why make an iPod touch with iPhone-like features?
What if the new iPod touch 4 came with a camera and microphone, would you upgrade? The appeal for the iPod Touch is the fact you do not need a new data plan, can listen to music, use apps, play games, use the internet, and take pictures if the new version has a camera.
Having a mic would make it easy to use FaceTime, which could include a simple data plan like the iPad has for video calling on the new iPod. If you already have a phone you’re happy with, and want a new iPod touch then the 4th generation will be a worthwhile upgrade rather than the iPhone 4