Samsung deals a further blow and pushes Finnish firm into third place.
Web analytics company StatCounter reports that Apple is now the leading mobile OEM for global web usage, bagging a 25.9 per cent share in January 2013.
The iPhone maker steals the crown from former top spot holder Nokia, which falls to third place with 22.2 per cent, as Samung rubbed salt in the wounds by snatching the second spot with 22.7 per cent.
On a year-on-year basis, however, Apple's share fell from 28.7 per cent, while Samsung rose from 14.8 per cent, and Nokia fell from 37.7 per cent.
Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter, said: "It's good and bad news for Apple. Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share. A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple.
"Samsung, in contrast to Apple, has seen an increase in its usage share since January 2012."