Apple sells 2M copies of Mac OS X Leopard in first weekend

Apple said Tuesday that it sold over two million copies of Mac OS X Leopard since its release on Friday, far outpacing the first-weekend sales of Mac OS X Tiger, which was previously the most successful OS release in the company's history.

Sales included copies sold at Apple's retail stores, Apple Authorized Resellers, the online Apple Store, under maintenance agreements and bundled with new Mac computers. In comparison, it took the Cupertino-based Mac maker approximately six weeks to ship its 2 millionth copy of Mac OS X Tiger back in 2005.

"Early indications are that Leopard will be a huge hit with customers," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. "Leopard's innovative features are getting great reviews and making more people than ever think about switching to the Mac."

Leopard is the sixth major release of Mac OS X and is packed with more than 300 new features. Among them is Time Machine, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac; a redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application; Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them; a brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock; and major enhancements to Mail and iChat.

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Apple is just Trendy Eye Candy" and fades when some trendy new look comes around. just like designer clothing, it's the in thing today, but next year something else may take it's place. Microsoft is like Jeans or classical music, it will be here forever. So, if you like the trend, then buy a Mac :D

btw, Check out this site http://stardock.com/ just to show you that anything you see in a mac can be done on a PC.

That is just a ballpark figure. Apple can only make the figure from what they sell to retail businesses and not to customers.

Apple spend a LOT of money in a efford to say "hey, we sell well a xxxx products", this will keep happy all shareholder but i wonder how much of this are true or it's just crap. Enron wasn't the first and wasn't the latest one.


Check out OS X's track record, since 2001.

Compare it with that of the competition.

Now you understand that people's faith in Apple has been earned.

When Vista came out, most people didn't upgrade because they felt XP was good enough for what they wanted to do.

What I see here is 2 million people desperate for an upgrade.

evo_spook said,
<insert crazed windows fan boy comment here>

tradition again...

<insert logical user comment who utilizes XP, Vista, OS X and *nix comment about how each has advantages over the others>

Why by a Civic to pull a boat? Why by a Apple computer to play games? Why buy a truck and try and drive it like a sports car? Yes, I do feel more secure on a Mac. Yes, I have more FUN on my PCs. I'm still learning Ubuntu. To each his own.

RAID 0 said,

<insert logical user comment who utilizes XP, Vista, OS X and *nix comment about how each has advantages over the others>

Why by a Civic to pull a boat? Why by a Apple computer to play games? Why buy a truck and try and drive it like a sports car? Yes, I do feel more secure on a Mac. Yes, I have more FUN on my PCs. I'm still learning Ubuntu. To each his own.

<insert logical user comment who utilizes XP, Vista, OS X and *nix comment about how each has advantages over the others>

Well that leaves you out then

Well I was playing around with Leopard recently and its a good operating system, though well over half of the "300 new features" have already been in Windows Vista for the past 8 months.. some of them like Time Machine have also been in Windows 2000, although more primitive. Leopard is a good upgrade, I didnt have any problems with installation, went nice and smooth (clean install), however, I still prefer Vista because it just is more reliable and runs better on my TabletPC than does Leopard on my macmini.

Definetly. Leopard locked up a few times and crashed once when I tried to access my schools webct and schools mail server. With Vista, I havent had a single crash/problem/incompatability since the day it was released (many would argue this) but this is my experience with my Gateway TabletPC.

Excuse me while I go find my a$$. I just laughed it off.

A closed platform will ALWAYS be more reliable than anything else, as a general rule.

Either way, I'm glad you find Vista stable.

I have a pc and a mac. I play games on my pc and I do everything else on my mac. Which is easier to use?? My Mac. Better at games?? My PC. Which do I love more? My Mac. Why? Tiger and Leopard. Tiger was great and Leopard is Awesome. Better than Vista?? No way. Easier than Vista? Yes. Less Headache than Vista?? Yes. Which do I prefer?? My Mac. Most people would agree. Leopard, I'm impressed so far by Leopard but wanted more. Apple could have done better but for now it wins the battle.

I want it, but I just bought my MacBook Pro a 1.5 months ago, and don't want to spend the money on it right now.

That said, I do plan on getting it within 6 months. Glad to see them doing well on Leopard.

Too bad Apple didn't offer a "rebate" of some sort like MS did with Vista. "Go ahead and by a computer, we'll throw in our brand new OS when it's released in a few months."

RAID 0 said,
Too bad Apple didn't offer a "rebate" of some sort like MS did with Vista. "Go ahead and by a computer, we'll throw in our brand new OS when it's released in a few months."
That kind of deal would be nice. On the other hand, if you own more than one Apple, their 5-pack family licensing is a great deal, and one that it would be nice if Microsoft made readily available.

markjensen said,
That kind of deal would be nice. On the other hand, if you own more than one Apple, their 5-pack family licensing is a great deal, and one that it would be nice if Microsoft made readily available.

Ab-SO-freakin-lootly

Sorry but the cut-off for Apple's Up-To-Date program for Leopard is October 1st. If you had purchased the mac on or after October 1st, you would only have to pay $9.95 for S/H to get Leopard. This is why most people already knew that Leopard was coming in October (from the announcement in June) and simply held out for its release to get their new system.

so you are telling me that 2mln people bought unknown OS from Apple, just because it's Apple's
might be full of bugs and errors without checking it ? that's crazy, and then are suprised that people can't cope with OS, no odd then ...

Paul Thurott wrote an extremely good review of Leopard and its whopping 300 new features. Quoting directly from Paul: " Among these "new" features are a time slider, auto zoom, and the ability to display the DVD player application on top of other windows. (Yes, seriously.) "

Giggling to Steve Jobs' saying "Leopard's innovative features are getting great reviews"

http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/macosx_leopard.asp

I would have no problems with Apple if they stopped coming out with such strong words about their products. No, most of what they do is NOT revolutionary... sorry! It's their statments such as the one about no blue screen's on Mac's (and Leopard causing blue screens or gray or black or whatever color... it is a CRASH! no arguments) that really make me anti Apple.

If you want an ubiased view and not a review from a crappy microsoft shill then look at the ArsTech review of leopard. Unbiased and incredibly detailed. At least the memory usage is a lot more efficent and i can copy files without the thing slowing down unlike when i used vista.

Paul Thurott isn't exactly the most unbiased person in the world so I wouldn't take anything he says seriously. I mean the guy runs the Windows SuperSite and everything he has ever said about Apple has proven out to be so wrong yet he keeps going on to probably raise his page views. Believe me I use to read his Internet Nexus website which was pretty much just a website dedicated to bashing Apple everyday of the year. Let's just bash Apple for making backup easy for everyone and not just geeks. I love how he use to go on about how PlayForSure was going to kill iTunes. Boy, he sure got that one right didn't he. The only real review from anybody is from Arstechnica.

Anyone that faults OSX has their own agenda, it is quite simply a very well designed OS.

However, I agree with Knight85 and Paul in this case, Apple is very good at making their products seem like the best thing since sliced bread when in fact most of their stuff is nothing special or even downright junk. Leopard is simply put, Tiger with a few changes here and there, nothing out of the ordinary at all.

Apple loves to create hype over items that don't deserve it.

You want an unbiased point of view, this is coming from someone that doesn't like Microsoft or Apple.

ANova said,
Anyone that faults OSX has their own agenda, it is quite simply a very well designed OS.

However, I agree with Knight85 and Paul, Apple is very good at making their products seem like the best thing since sliced bread when in fact most of their stuff is nothing special or downright junk. Leopard is simply put, Tiger with a few changes here and there, nothing extraordinary.

Apple loves to create hype over items that don't deserve it.

Obviously a company selling a product is going to SELL it. They aren't gonna dumb down the marketing are they. And Leopard isn't just Tiger with a few changes here and there.

kraized said,
Obviously a company selling a product is going to SELL it. They aren't gonna dumb down the marketing are they. And Leopard isn't just Tiger with a few changes here and there.

Apple could make people buy a sock at four times the markup, in fact, they did. If you would take off your Apple branded goggles you would see that yes, Leopard is Tiger with a slightly different UI and some small updates to various programs. Big whoop. It's still OSX, not OS11.

Leopard is Tiger with a slightly different UI and some small updates to various programs.

Read the ars.technica review. I trust his judgement more than yours frankly.

Chicane-UK said,

Read the ars.technica review. I trust his judgement more than yours frankly.

I couldn't care less whose judgement you trust. Seems people are so easily impressed these days.

Wow, Leopard has a backup system

Wow, Leopard has a transparent bar, mirror dock and new wallpaper

Wow, Leopard has an updated chat with backgrounds for video feeds

I watched the half hour or so video Apple released that went over all the major features, color me unimpressed. It's a nice improvement over Tiger but excuse me while I turn over and fart.

All the nerds expressing their love for this crap is akin to all the Windows nerds who scream like little girls over damn service packs with security updates. I find it quite amusing.

Paul is really not as biased as the Apple fans would have you believe. He did, after all, give Leopard a 4/5 (the same score he gave Vista) and all of his points, positive and negative, are valid, particularly this one:

"the biggest problem with Leopard is that it doesn't really offer enough of an advantage over Vista to make anyone want to switch...Leopard was Apple's chance to once again leapfrog Windows, and given the five years of delays Microsoft put us through, it should have been a slam-dunk. That Apple was only able to come up with something that's roughly as good as Vista is both surprising and telling, I think. Leopard just isn't better than Vista. And it should be."

Rather than dismiss the article as "bias" it helps to READ first, then comment.

ANova said,

I couldn't care less whose judgement you trust. Seems people are so easily impressed these days.

Wow, Leopard has a backup system

Wow, Leopard has a transparent bar, mirror dock and new wallpaper

Wow, Leopard has an updated chat with backgrounds for video feeds

I watched the half hour or so video Apple released that went over all the major features, color me unimpressed. It's a nice improvement over Tiger but excuse me while I turn over and fart.

All the nerds expressing their love for this crap is akin to all the Windows nerds who scream like little girls over damn service packs with security updates. I find it quite amusing.

Believe it or not, ars.technica's review was rather unbiasd, the guy hated the dock and menu bar.

I like em.

C_Guy said,
Paul is really not as biased as the Apple fans would have you believe. He did, after all, give Leopard a 4/5 (the same score he gave Vista) and all of his points, positive and negative, are valid, particularly this one:

"the biggest problem with Leopard is that it doesn't really offer enough of an advantage over Vista to make anyone want to switch...Leopard was Apple's chance to once again leapfrog Windows, and given the five years of delays Microsoft put us through, it should have been a slam-dunk. That Apple was only able to come up with something that's roughly as good as Vista is both surprising and telling, I think. Leopard just isn't better than Vista. And it should be."

Rather than dismiss the article as "bias" it helps to READ first, then comment.

Vista rated a 4/5? I'd give it a 2/5, 2.5 tops. I've run a number of configurations including XP, Vista, a few Linux distros and OSx86 Tiger all running on the same system and Vista was by far the worst of them. I preferred Tiger to them all tbh but stuck with XP because of software support, plus I like playing games in my spare time.

So er.. please enlighten us ANova - what is your OS of choice. As you panned Windows and OSX i'm guessing its going to be a flavour of Linux as I just don't know that many people who stick with proper UNIX's like Solaris and so forth (apart from the UNIX sysadmins on my team) for day to day stuff...

hotdog963al said,
Paul Thurott is a ****ing idiot. I'd respect a toddler's opinion over his any day.

+1. Paul isn't exactly a computing god-like figure to ALL us Microsoft lovers... I think he's still eating his foot (pretty much the entire leg by now) over his comments that XP SP3 will never, ever come out. I didn't have much respect for him before that fiasco, that one pretty much sealed it up for me.

Chicane-UK said,
So er.. please enlighten us ANova - what is your OS of choice. As you panned Windows and OSX i'm guessing its going to be a flavour of Linux as I just don't know that many people who stick with proper UNIX's like Solaris and so forth (apart from the UNIX sysadmins on my team) for day to day stuff...

Gladly Chicane-UK. The answer to your question is the second post up from yours. I haven't played with Solaris though.

ANova said,

Apple could make people buy a sock at four times the markup, in fact, they did. If you would take off your Apple branded goggles you would see that yes, Leopard is Tiger with a slightly different UI and some small updates to various programs. Big whoop. It's still OSX, not OS11.

Premium brand.

See Prada, Gucci, Dior, etc.

There's a market for it. If you aren't part of it . . . then don't comment.

ir0nw0lf said,

+1. Paul isn't exactly a computing god-like figure to ALL us Microsoft lovers... I think he's still eating his foot (pretty much the entire leg by now) over his comments that XP SP3 will never, ever come out. I didn't have much respect for him before that fiasco, that one pretty much sealed it up for me.

Um, XP SP3 still hasn't come out, so he doesn't need to be eating anyone's feet.

LTD said,
Premium brand.

See Prada, Gucci, Dior, etc.

There's a market for it. If you aren't part of it . . . then don't comment.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

I will comment all I like thank you. You can go back to your hole now.

Pretty impressive figures in my opinion. There does seem to be some very positive buzz about Leopard, the handful of small problems aside.

Chicane-UK said,
Pretty impressive figures in my opinion. There does seem to be some very positive buzz about Leopard, the handful of small problems aside.

Very true. But a lot of Neowinians can't seem to stomach this.

LTD said,

Very true. But a lot of Neowinians can't seem to stomach this.

If it makes you feel better, I think Leopard looks pretty cool, but I'm not buying that Mac dongle you have to use to get it to run.

personally i think those numbers are skewed, as it is including those bundled with new Mac's.

im assuming those bundled with new Mac's includes those stil sitting in the warehouse and those coming of the assembly line

And the Vista numbers were skewed, as they counted anything shipped to retailers, whether or not they sold to a customer. And Linux numbers are skewed, as there is no central "purchase and licensing" requirement.

What's the problem? It is a comparison of Leopard vs Tiger, so the measurement method is the same. Just comparing one Apple product to another.

I agree, as long as OS sales are counted in with OEM hardware sales, I don't think there's a problem. It's only when it is counted differently, but I can't imagine MS not counting in OEM sales when they're publishing their numbers, unless specifically writing it's only about retail sales.

markjensen said,
And the Vista numbers were skewed, as they counted anything shipped to retailers, whether or not they sold to a customer. And Linux numbers are skewed, as there is no central "purchase and licensing" requirement.

What's the problem? It is a comparison of Leopard vs Tiger, so the measurement method is the same. Just comparing one Apple product to another.

It's like comparing apples and or.... apples.

its good to see that it is selling well out of the gate, to be honest, I wish the market share was 33% OSX 33% Vista 33% Linux 1% other so it would really force some new innovation

Yeah I'd like to see some numbers like that, but the problem is, what exactly do they do to make it fresh? What new features can they create to make us want to purchase the system. A new, easier to use UI is #1 on the list for all OSes, but beyond that what? And when I say a new UI, I don't mean that it isn't already easy enough to use, but a new UI seems to be the major thing that both Apple & Microsoft keep pushing for.

Hurmoth said,
Yeah I'd like to see some numbers like that, but the problem is, what exactly do they do to make it fresh? What new features can they create to make us want to purchase the system. A new, easier to use UI is #1 on the list for all OSes, but beyond that what? And when I say a new UI, I don't mean that it isn't already easy enough to use, but a new UI seems to be the major thing that both Apple & Microsoft keep pushing for.

What Microsoft demonstrated in the early Longhorn builds would be a nice start. That showed some nice, innovative features; unlike the sad end product that is Vista.

ANova said,
What Microsoft demonstrated in the early Longhorn builds would be a nice start. That showed some nice, innovative features; unlike the sad end product that is Vista.
Very true

ANova said,

What Microsoft demonstrated in the early Longhorn builds would be a nice start. That showed some nice, innovative features; unlike the sad end product that is Vista.

Fine then. What, other than a bunch of fluffy eyecandy and WinFS, didn't make it into Vista?

MioTheGreat said,
Fine then. What, other than a bunch of fluffy eyecandy and WinFS, didn't make it into Vista?

Why do you feel the need to defend the corporation after they failed miserably to deliver what they had initially promised? I shouldn't have to explain myself, go watch the videos on youtube. I followed development from the very beginning and watched as MS made blunder after blunder and removed feature after feature eventually coming to what we have now, a bloated, slow afterthought pushed out the door after multiple delays just to get a new product out to the masses and recover some of the money they wasted away all those years. Vista has more in the way of activation and DRM than anything else along with a poorly designed UI and resource hogging system split up into fragments. Many of the changes were unnecessary and most of the security is poorly implemented and overly extreme.

You may not see it that way, but I do.

ANova said,

Why do you feel the need to defend the corporation after they failed miserably to deliver what they had initially promised? I shouldn't have to explain myself, go watch the videos on youtube. I followed development from the very beginning and watched as MS made blunder after blunder and removed feature after feature eventually coming to what we have now, a bloated, slow afterthought pushed out the door after multiple delays just to get a new product out to the masses and recover some of the money they wasted away all those years. Vista has more in the way of activation and DRM than anything else along with a poorly designed UI and resource hogging system split up into fragments. Many of the changes were unnecessary and most of the security is poorly implemented and overly extreme.

You may not see it that way, but I do.


Wasted? I'm sure that they'll NEVER implement anything seen in Longhorn. Yes, because had MS done what it did with Longhorn, it would have not have been more "resource hogging" than it is now.
Oh yeah, and there is no DRM in Vista.

Slimy said,
Wasted? I'm sure that they'll NEVER implement anything seen in Longhorn. Yes, because had MS done what it did with Longhorn, it would have not have been more "resource hogging" than it is now.
Oh yeah, and there is no DRM in Vista.

1. You don't know that (it depends on the quality of the code and design)

2. yes there is. Don't be naive.