Apple usually kicks of the WWDC by producing a large number of graphs, pie charts and statistics, and today's June 2 event has been no different. Apple has been proudly boasting about OS X adoptions rates and how the Mac market is growing compared the ever shrinking Windows PC market.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook took to the stage to kick things off earlier on today, and the first thing he said was that over 40 million copies of OS X Mavericks have been installed on Macs around the world, and that more than 50 percent of the install base is working on the latest OS. Time Cook pointed out that while the PC market was in decline (down 5 percent according to Cook), Apple's sales continue to grow.
Despite the decline of the PC market, and poor adoption rates of Windows 8, Apple still failed to crack the top five in worldwide sales, and shipments, accounting for just 10.8 percent of the personal computer market. While Apple might have a strong adoption rate for it's latest OS, it still trails Microsoft by a large margin. Windows 8 (released in 2012) had sold 200 million licenses by February of 2014, and Windows 8.1 (released in October 2013) surpassed both Windows 8 and Apple's OS X 10.9 Mavericks with 6.35 percent of the market. Meanwhile PC favorite, Windows 7 still accounts for more than 50 percent of the operating system market.
The stats show that Apple are still a long way behind Microsoft when it comes to personal computer dominance, but with the release of OS X Yosemite (Apple's latest update to OS X) they hope to close the gap between themselves and Microsoft a little more. Tim Cook said earlier on today that the latest version of OS X will bring tighter integration between OS X and iOS, and that is something Apple fans all over the world have been wanting for some time, but only time will tell if it will be enough to make Windows users jump to the other side. OS X Yosemite will be free to download this fall.
Source: Apple WWDC