Apple generates six million downloads of Mac OS X Lion

Apple's iPhone press conference has now started in Cupertino, California but the press conference began by talking some about its Macintosh operating system. Newly appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook told the audience at the press conference that since the "Lion" update was released for Mac OS X back in July, it has seen six million downloads of the update from its servers. According to Engadget, Cook said that those numbers were 80 percent higher than those of the previous major Max OS X update, Snow Leopard.

Cook also said that it took the Lion update only two weeks to be made available on 10 percent of the Mac install base. It took Microsoft 20 weeks to reach that for Windows 7. Cook claims that its MacBook Pro and the iMac are the best selling desktop and notebook, respectively, in the US. Cook also claims that it has seen the Mac platform grow by 23 percent in the last year while the PC platform has only seen a four percent growth in the same time period. There are now 58 million Mac users worldwide, according to Apple's numbers.

Apple has said previously that it has seen the Mac OS X Lion update generate one million downloads in just its first day of sales last July. For people who don't trust that new downloading thing that all the kids are doing, Apple also sells the Mac OS X Lion update on its online store installed on a USB drive. It is shipped via mail order for a mere $69.99

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The title sounds weird, if Apple generated 6 million downloads, who was it, their employees, their internal developers? Why would Apple download it 6 million times? How many times did customers "generate" downloads of it? Follow me?

Apple, apple, apple. Stop making charts without numbers. Yes you reached 10% faster than Microsoft but that's because you only have 6% market share. Why didn't you make a chart that shows who got to 6 million quicker.

I wonder if that means what he says, 6 million downloads, or if he means 6 million sales. I've downloaded Lion from the App Store a few times after I purchased it once.

Nerd Rage said,
I wonder if that means what he says, 6 million downloads, or if he means 6 million sales. I've downloaded Lion from the App Store a few times after I purchased it once.

It does say downloads. I'm sure a lot of those are redownloaded after the initial install of Lion ruined their Macs, so they had to do a second clean install.

Cook also said that it took the Lion update only two weeks to be made available on 10 percent of the Mac install base. It took Microsoft 20 weeks to reach that for Windows 7

I'd expect this from some not-so-aware fanboy, not by Apple CEO. Someone should inform him that windows market share is ~90% while Mac OSX's is ~6%

Cook claims that its MacBook Pro and the iMac are the best selling desktop and notebook, respectively, in the US.

Well naturally they are. I wonder how the macbook pro lineup (remember that's 3 seperate computers, that have been sold since 2006) would compare against Dell's Inspiron lineup? Or HP's EliteBook lineup?

Seriously, comparing the sales of 3 models against a single computer model that will probably be discontinued within 9 months of its introduction is obviously going to net a win for Apple. This is lying with statistics, plain and simple.

"Tim Cook stated"

Cook also said that it took the Lion update only two weeks to be made available on 10 percent of the Mac install base. It took Microsoft 20 weeks to reach that for Windows 7.


But... Snow Leopard was defeated in 2 weeks, wasn't it?