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Mac install base hits 80 million user milestone

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that there are now more than 80 million Mac users around the globe.

Despite PC adoption rates falling by 5 per cent over the last 12 months, Apple’s leader has confirmed that the Cupertino-based company continues to buck trends, growing while the overall market shrinks.

“We are shipping the best Macs in our history,” Cook said during his WWDC 2014 keynote presentation. “If you look just at this last fiscal year, while the industry declined by 5 per cent, Mac grew by 12 per cent.

He added: “That has swelled out install base of Macs to over 80 million which is a record for us. We are really proud of this.”

Back in late April Apple unveiled a new MacBook Air offering, with the revised slimline laptop pairing an improved processor with a considerable price cut.

Despite bumping the MacBook Air range to a 1.4GHz Core i5 Haswell chipset, the new models were £100 cheaper than their predecessors, a very un-Apple move that won the company a lot of plaudits from consumers and industry folks alike.

As well as discussing the Mac install base, Cook used the WWDC showpiece to detail the new OS X operating system, Yosemite.

Introducing a raft of new features, OS X Yosemite brings dramatically improved iOS device support to the mix alongside vastly improved Spotlight Search features and the ability to receive calls on your computer.

Yosemite will be officially rolled out this autumn as a free update to all compatible Mac users.

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