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Apple CEO says latest OS reaches 51% of Mac users, versus just 14% for Windows

Above: Apple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC 2014

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook kicked off the keynote speech at the company’s big developer event by announcing that Apple’s latest operating system reaches 51 percent of Mac users, a record uptake for a new OS version.

Apple is holding its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), its annual event for developers, this week in San Francisco.

Cook said Apple has 9 million Mac developers now, up 47 percent in the past year. He said about 40 million copies of the Mavericks version of OS X have been installed. He hurled a crack Windows by noting that Windows 8 is only being used by 14 percent of Windows users since its introduction in 2012.

Of course, it is worth pointing out that 14 percent of Microsoft’s very large number of Windows devices adds up to a lot more units than 51 percent of Apple’s devices.


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30 comments
William Su
William Su

These statistics almost sound like they come from educated people

Ernie Mink
Ernie Mink

Repeat after me, APPLE SUCKS, APPLE SUCKS, APPLE SUCKS, APPLE SUCKS!

Adam John Humphreys
Adam John Humphreys

Mac might have 80MM users but man can they upsell people on the same hardware everyone else has. They've even convinced people that a Mac is not a PC "Personal Computer." They seem to focus on something that eludes WIndows which is the ultimate user experience. IOS might work across tablets but you're not going to see them putting it on their desktop. Windows on the other hand tried to take their touch screen tablet OS Windows 8 and put it onto desktop. What a flop..

Cory Weston
Cory Weston

Overpriced paid update vs Free update. I wonder why

Philip R. Frey
Philip R. Frey

Right. Because Apple never has incremental updates that don't really add anything of worth. It's just an endless stream of major innovation each and every year, never a misstep or useless upgrade.

Erik M.C. Peterson
Erik M.C. Peterson

well when you give features worth upgrading for, vs Windows 7 -> 8.1 ....

Philip R. Frey
Philip R. Frey

Nope. Since we are used to a more hands-on experience (less pretty, shiny buttons, etc.), most PC users upgrade when the time comes. I, for instance, have *never* upgraded a computer. The time for a new OS is when you get your new computer. Of course, part of that is because, unlike Apple, Microsoft strives to keep your software working in OS after OS, forward *and* backwards. Really you have to go several iterations before software stops working or your OS is too old for new stuff to work. But on Apple, every couple of years you *have* to upgrade or you can't use new software and when you *do* upgrade, you can't use your old stuff. (These are generalities, of course, but the bottom line is valid. I'll take the long-term usability of a Microsoft OS over the lock-step follow-the-leader approach needed to live in the world of Apple.)

Mihir Sathe
Mihir Sathe

Microsoft stops bombing their alternate OS, even Windows users will be sheep.

Mihir Sathe
Mihir Sathe

Just a small point: last OS X was free. You can not possibly compare the two.

Mihir Sathe
Mihir Sathe

Like Windows 8 can get real work done!

Fernando Gonzalez
Fernando Gonzalez

"Free" will make anyone enthusiastic and unified... If Windows 9 was free, you'd see the highest adaption rate probably ever, as long as the hardware was usable.

Philip R. Frey
Philip R. Frey

It just shows that Mac users are sheep. "Upgrade!" "Yes, sir."

Andrei Rînea
Andrei Rînea

Poor little gay. At 7% market share it's easy to brag about 3.5% being on the latest version.

Matthew Carven
Matthew Carven

And prefer 7. Isn't free will and software API compatibility an awesome thing?

Chris Gasque
Chris Gasque

No, they're not more enthusiastic. You have to pay for Windows 8...

Christine Krause
Christine Krause

Anybody know which devices the new iOS will be available for? What I want to know is will Apple declare my old but still works awesome 4S outdated and unupdatable like they do with a lot of their devices after a certain period of time. The live Tweets from the Sun Times doesn't really say.

Tyler Arnold
Tyler Arnold

Well you're comparing it to one of the biggest OS flops in Microsoft history, of course that looks appealing to Apple fans.

Matthew Bryant
Matthew Bryant

Well, this metric is a bit biased, seeing as how Mavericks is FREE and Windows 8 isn't. But I can't stand Windows 8 myself so there is some truth there, haha

Steve Spatucci
Steve Spatucci

His point is, Mac users are more enthusiastic and unified in their choice to update.

Suyash Srijan
Suyash Srijan

The point is, a big percentage of a small number is still a small number compared to a small percentage of a big number.

Eric Chan
Eric Chan

He's trying to point put adaptation rate, not absolute numbers. You don't seem to have a point

Dave Chan
Dave Chan

Gee, maybe that's because Apple has total control of all the hardware? Nah, that couldn't be it.

Suyash Srijan
Suyash Srijan

Tim Cooks and his Keynote jokes. Windows has 1.3 billion users, Mac has 80 million users. 51% of 80 million is 40.8 and 14% of 1.3 billion is 182 million. 182 million > 40.8 million, someone needs to take maths classes.

David M Taylor
David M Taylor

Fine journalism "He pissed on Windows by noting that Windows 8 is only being used by 14 percent of Windows users since its introduction in 2012."

Peter Jaeger
Peter Jaeger

Well...14% of all Windows users is more than all MACs Apple ever produced