back to article Web site admins: Brace for weekend traffic surges from iOS devices

If you run online services, concentrate your efforts on making sure they can handle iOS devices on weekends. The Register makes that recommendation after a wade through the United States government's data on which operating systems hit its empire of websites. The US makes that data available at, where …

  1. MD Rackham

    What is the purpose...3

    ...of applying perspective to the chart?

    Does distorting the values accomplish some useful purpose?

    Or does someone fancy themselves an artist? If so, think again.

    1. Ole Juul

      Re: What is the purpose...3

      It's there to give perspective.... oh wait

    2. redpawn Silver badge

      Re: What is the purpose...3

      Your browser must have screened out the smells, animations and sound effects. As a complete sensory experience it perfectly conveys the information.

    3. Captain DaFt

      Re: What is the purpose...3

      "...of applying perspective to the chart?"

      Marketing Mcmarketing face speaking:

      "Gotta make that graph pop! It's all about the eyeballs, doncha know. Bling, Baby!

      Plus the harder to actually read it, the longer those eyeballs stay, and those advertiser-friendly page usage numbers just climb, baby!"

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So long as they're not using Safari. Ain't nobody got time to support that POS.

  3. Michael Hoffmann

    Do they...?

    But do those Androids dream of electric sheep on the weekend?

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  5. DougS Silver badge

    When did "Samsung" category start?

    The percentage of Android and iOS devices in use should remain pretty steady by now, and certainly nothing could cause such a change over a short time. So I wonder if the Android drop in February coincided with the appearance of the "Samsung" category? Maybe there are enough people using Samsung Android phones that they started detecting them in their own category, causing the Android (now non Samsung) to drop?

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    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: When did "Samsung" category start?

      This will just be down to the way the statistics software handles the user agents. A lot of vendors are pretty poor at keeping their lists of user agent strings up to date.

      Samsung does provide its own browser for its phones, but they are all still running Android.

  6. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    Maybe the iOS users must work long and hard all week in order to be able to afford their shiny and only have time off at the weekend to do private stuff involving government websites?

    Seriously, no idea. Let's just call it a statistical anomaly and be done with it.

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      A key thing would be to include a measure for total traffic. At the weekend fewer people are sitting at desks and mobile use goes up. Shock, horror. Weekend traffic is often less than 50% than during office hours.

      But why let simple mathematics get in the way of some clickbait?

  7. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Data source

    We like it because we're aware of no other publicly available data set at this scale

    Well, I have repeatedly suggested that you look at the data that Akamai provides in the Internet Observatory. Data from some of the most heavily trafficked sites in the world so obviously not very interesting.

  8. td0s

    That graph is missing a label for (at least) one of the axis

  9. Number6

    Android users were more organised and had filed their tax returns by the end of February, whereas iPhone users were still trying to figure it out right up to the 18th April deadline? Also, when did the H1B cap kick in? Once again, Android users figured out there was no point for this year after that point and stopped looking.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    iOS traffic

    Is only higher at the weekends because it takes all week to load a page with the crap wifi those devices have.

    Saturday is when the images load.

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