Over five percent of all web traffic came from Apple iOS devices in the UK in January, newly-released statistics have shown.

Net Applications has released figures that show that the UK is one of the best markets for iOS, with 5.14 percent of web traffic coming from the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in January.

The global level of iOS traffic was two percent, though Singapore (9.98 percent), Guernsey (6.33 percent), Hong Kong (6.01 percent), Australia (5.61 percent) and Ireland (4.90 percent) were all well ahead of the global average.

In comparison, the US level of iOS web traffic was 3.4 percent, NetApplications said. 

Mac OS X 1.6 had a 3.33 percent share of the global market in January 2011, with Mac OS X 10.5 taking a 1.44 percent share. Windows XP is still the most commonly-used operating system with a 55.26 percent share of the global market.

The figures underline the growing popularity of iOS devices, with 16.24 million iPhones and 7.33 million iPads sold in the three months up to 25 December 2010.

Indeed, the iPad accounted for nearly 90 percent of the media tablet market in Q3 2010, according to analyst firm IDC, with its current major rival the Samsung Galaxy Tab revealed this week to have a disappointingly high return rate of around 16 percent.