Apple’s Safari web browser recently topped 1 billion users, a new study indicates, making it the second browser to do so. Even so, it still lags well behind Google Chrome in popularity.
“1,006,232,879 internet users (19.16% of all internet users) now use the Safari browser, making it the second browser with over a billion users,” the Atlas VPN report said.
Safari is second web browser to top 1 billion users
The study‘s statistics spring from the GlobalStats browser market share percentage. Atlas VPN converted it into numbers using the Internet World Stats internet user metric, the organization said.
Google Chrome has three times more users than Safari’s roughly 1 billion-plus, with 3,378,967,819 total users. Microsoft Edge, which a survey indicated has surpassed Safari as the second most-popular desktop browser, has around 212,695,000 users.
The Atlas VPN report noted Apple installs Safari on every iPhone and Mac, which influences what software people will use on the devices.
New privacy features
Apple recently introduced new privacy features to Safari. And during last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company introduced a new look to the browser that received mixed reviews.
As Apple said at the time, its two goals with the new Safari in iOS 15 were to make “controls easier to reach with one hand” and place “content front and center.”
In addition, the company added a new privacy report that shows the cross-site trackers that Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention stopped from accessing a user’s information.
And with the upcoming WWDC22, it would not surprise anyone if Apple focused further on Safari’s privacy features.
The Atlas VPN April 2022 ranking features Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Samsung Internet.