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Apple’s Safari is now the world’s second-most-popular desktop browser

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Safari secures the second spot as the most widely used desktop browser, overtaking Microsoft Edge in popularity.

According to recent data provided by web analytics service StatCounter, Apple’s Safari has regained its position as the world’s second most popular desktop browser, surpassing Microsoft Edge. This comes as no surprise to many, as Apple’s Safari has always been a popular choice for Mac users due to its seamless integration with the macOS operating system.

Safari’s popularity can also be attributed to its speed, reliability, and user-friendly interface. Its clean and minimalist design makes it easy for users to navigate through the browser, while its built-in privacy features have made it a favourite among privacy-conscious users.

Safari’s rise to the second spot in the desktop browser market is a significant achievement for Apple. With the growing popularity of Macs in recent years, it’s likely that Safari’s user base will continue to expand, further cementing its position as a top contender in the browser market.

As consumers increasingly adopt Apple’s Mac computers, Safari is poised to grow its already impressive user base, strengthening its position as a formidable player in the highly competitive browser landscape.

The growth in Apple Macs

Safari’s rise to the second spot in the desktop browser market is a significant achievement for Apple. With the growing popularity of Macs in recent years, it’s likely that Safari’s user base will continue to expand, further cementing its position as a top contender in the browser market.

Safari’s success can be attributed in part to its seamless integration with Apple’s hardware and software ecosystem. By prioritizing user experience and streamlining the browsing process, Safari has won over users who value efficiency and simplicity.

Based on the statistics, Safari has gained a foothold on 11.87% of desktop computers globally, surpassing Edge by 0.87% which is now positioned at 11%. Meanwhile, Google Chrome maintains its top spot with a commanding 66.13% market share, while Firefox trails behind in fourth place with a modest 5.65% share. Here is a breakdown of the current rankings in full.

Chrome 66.13% 

Safari 11.87%

Edge 11%

Firefox 5.65%

Opera 3.09%

IE 0.55%

Apple Safari vs Microsoft Edge

From the ranking Apple seems to be on a winning streak this year, with Safari taking the second spot from Edge by a small margin of less than one per cent. This could be attributed to the positive reception that Windows 11’s reimagined default browser received, which helped Edge secure the second spot last year.

The numbers favour Apple this time around, as Safari edges out Edge to claim the coveted second position. Last year, Edge had the upper hand, thanks to Microsoft’s revamped browser for Windows 11 which was well received by users. However, it seems like Apple has turned the tables this year with a strong showing by Safari.

In the race for the second spot, Safari has emerged victorious, beating out Edge by a narrow margin. Last year, it was a different story, as Microsoft’s reimagined default browser for Windows 11 helped Edge take the lead. Nevertheless, this year, Apple has managed to come out on top, with the stats indicating a favorable outcome for Safari.

What the Safari stats say about Mac’s growth

In 2022, Apple’s triumph in the browser wars was matched by a significant boost in worldwide Mac sales, even in the face of supply chain challenges that persisted throughout the year. The Mac’s popularity skyrocketed thanks to the incredible performance of the ‌M1‌, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, and M2 chips, propelling Apple’s Mac revenue to an impressive $11.5 billion in Q4 2022, a remarkable increase of $2.5 billion compared to the previous year.

In the fiscal year of 2022, Macs generated an impressive $40.1 billion in revenue, marking a significant increase of $5 billion from the previous year’s earnings of $35 billion. In Q4 2022, half of all Mac buyers were first-time users, providing macOS and Apple’s default Safari browser with substantial exposure.

Although Safari has experienced a surge in popularity, it has yet to make any significant progress in catching up to Google Chrome, which maintains a stranglehold on the market. Chrome’s dominance remains unwavering, with its market share decreasing by a mere 0.51 per cent in comparison to the previous year, and its popularity on both Windows and macOS platforms continuing to reign supreme.

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