As noted by Macworld UK, Apple’s Mountain Lion has clawed its way to the top of the Mac OS jungle. It was released on July 25, 2012 and as of this past December accounts for 32 percent of all Macs online, according to Net Applications, a web-measurement film that tracks OS usage by visitors to 40,000 websites.
That 32 percent represents a 3 percent increase for the OS from November when it accounted for 29 percent of all Macs online. That gain came mostly from OS X 10.7 Lion, which sank from 30 percent to 28 percent. Mountain Lion also stole one percentage point from OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which is now actually in second place, accounting for 29 percent of all Macs.
Interestingly, Computerworld has compared Snow Leopard to Windows XP, noting its strong staying power. They attribute this to the stability of the OS and the ability of it to run PowerPC apps.
Net Applications doesn’t expect any Mac OS to ever crack 50 percent from now on. That’s due to Apple’s new annual OS X cycle, which sees a major update once every 12 months. If 10.7 and 10.8 are any indication, Apple should announce the 10.9 beta some time this spring with the official release coming this July.