Mountain Lion downloaded 3 million times in 4 days



 

Although Apple's latest operating system has brought up mixed reactions on the forums and on the Internet, OS X Mountain Lion has already been downloaded three million times in just four days after its release. According to senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller, it's Apple's most successful release ever.

Mountain Lion is the successor to Lion, which made its debut last year. After one day, Lion was downloaded one million times. Apple didn't say how many times Mountain Lion was downloaded after one day, so no direct comparison can be made. Chitaka, a data analytics company, seems to roughly confirm that Mountain Lion is more popular than Lion in its first days with 3.2% of all Mac users using Mountain Lion after two days, opposed to 14% using Lion after three months.

Mountain Lion is available for $19.99 in the Mac App Store, with more than 200 new features.

You can join in or read the Mountain Lion discussion in our forums.


Sources: PC Magazine, Chitika | Images via Chitika

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Mountain Lion looks like it fixes a lot of the problems I had with Lion (I rolled back to Snow Leopard). Unfortunately, Mountain Lion won't install on my Mac.

Fact is at the end of that day its a point release, sure they added a bunch of new stuff but lets be honest all they have done is either fixed or tarted up a few things like the dock, it's not new they have just changed how it works.

Yes I know MS do the same but at least they have been a bit daring with the interface design and taken a big chance. The worst thing about mountain lion is thats its the same bland interface, the need to take a chance and bring it up to date as they are falling behind.

I would have to agree that MS is being a lot more daring than Apple is when it comes to pushing their interface design. Apple has been more-or-less playing it safe when it comes to OS X for years now. Both approaches have their pros and cons.

Shadrack said,
I would have to agree that MS is being a lot more daring than Apple is when it comes to pushing their interface design. Apple has been more-or-less playing it safe when it comes to OS X for years now. Both approaches have their pros and cons.

Thank you for being reasonable.

siah1214 said,
Windows 8 Consumer Preview was downloaded 1 million times in its first 24 hours... but no, it'll definitely flop.

I actually tried Windows 8 this weekend and I really like it. I don't think it will be a flop. I also really like Mountain Lion.

techbeck said,
Well, wasnt SL $30? And now ML is $20. Would make sense it would sell more/faster.

Yup, both OS X Snow Leopard and Lion were $30. Not counting in the USB version of Lion.

At $19, what do you expect, in addition to the fact that you can install it on multiple Macs you own. Windows 8 will quadruple that amount in 4 days.

Mr. Dee said,
At $19, what do you expect, in addition to the fact that you can install it on multiple Macs you own. Windows 8 will quadruple that amount in 4 days.
It WILL end up with larger numbers that's for sure, but I doubt it will get a larger % than ML

Rudy said,
It WILL end up with larger numbers that's for sure, but I doubt it will get a larger % than ML

wow, do you really want to play the % game given the comparatively miniscule usage share of OS X?

BajiRav said,
wow, do you really want to play the % game given the comparatively miniscule usage share of OS X?

A 10% share for a single hardware company is hardly "miniscule".

YanksOnTop said,
Actually its more like 3-5%.. Not including IOS. Just saying..

The figures highly differ per source. In any case it's now somewhere between 5-10% depending on who you believe.

Edited by .Neo, Jul 30 2012, 4:34pm :

.Neo said,

A 10% share for a single hardware company is hardly "miniscule".

When running very close profit margins to a software company that ONLY has to sell the OS, yes it is...

Radeon_NL said,
Well 20 dollars for what in Windows would be called a service pack and would be free.
You should be banned from the interwebs for being so ignorant

Radeon_NL said,
Well 20 dollars for what in Windows would be called a service pack and would be free.

Last time I checked Windows Vista Service Pack 3, also known as Windows 7, isn't free and in retail costs a whole lot more than €16.

YanksOnTop said,
Why is he an idiot? ML is basically a service pack with new features that you pay for. As opposed to windows service packs that are free. ML isnt a new OS.

And for the genius that says Windows 7 is a service pack for vista.. For real? You should check the actual facts before you post something dumb like that . Its the farthest thing from "servicepack"..

New Mac OS X version with NEW FEATURES == Service Pack to you? Windows 7, which was what Windows Vista should have been, with better stability and a slightly different taskbar oh and Libraries (almost forgot about 'dem Libraries) is not a $120 service pack to you? Are you for real?

YanksOnTop said,
Why is he an idiot? ML is basically a service pack with new features that you pay for. As opposed to windows service packs that are free. ML isnt a new OS.

Then Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 or 8 aren't new operating systems going by your metric - whose metric is inconsistent where you claim that 'all Mountain Lion bought was new features and fixes so that doesn't make it a new operating system' but when Windows 7 did the same thing then it deserves the moniker of being a new OS.

Or are you playing the moronic 'version numbers' crap that I see other ill-informed people play on this forum? Btw, learn what a service pack is. The fact that such people have made it this far in life is a testament that we need more danger to eliminate stupid people earlier in life.

And for the genius that says Windows 7 is a service pack for vista.. For real? You should check the actual facts before you post something dumb like that . Its the farthest thing from "servicepack"..

The main features of Windows 7 were:

1) On demand system services.
2) Restoration of hardware accelerated GDI (part of WDDM 1.1) and improving GDI scalability.
3) Direct2D/DirectWrite which lead the way for Internet Explorer 9.

Sorry but what appeared in Windows 7 is nothing less than what one saw in the move from Snow Leopard to Lion - a further refinement based on the under the hood changes established in the previous release.

YanksOnTop said,
Why is he an idiot? ML is basically a service pack with new features that you pay for. As opposed to windows service packs that are free. ML isnt a new OS.

And for the genius that says Windows 7 is a service pack for vista.. For real? You should check the actual facts before you post something dumb like that . Its the farthest thing from "servicepack"..


You should check facts as well. Microsoft service packs are mainly a collection of bug and security fixes and in general don't add new major end-user features to the OS. Enjoy calling OS X Mountain Lion a service pack? In that case be sure to uphold the same set of principals when it comes to Microsoft and call Windows 7 the exact same thing. If not you're a hypocrite.

Edited by .Neo, Jul 30 2012, 4:41pm :

sanctified said,

There's always someone...

Now with 1 year release cycle OS X is not cheaper anymore means, 1 year of development will give you less features compare to windows, 3 year release cycle more development more features with just 40$, with OS x you will have to pay 60$.

sat2012 said,
Now with 1 year release cycle OS X is not cheaper anymore means, 1 year of development will give you less features compare to windows, 3 year release cycle more development more features with just 40$, with OS x you will have to pay 60$.

Except Windows 8 will cost that amount of a limited time only. Beyond that you have no idea if Microsoft will actually stick with a three-year release cycle. And what amazing features does Windows 8 actually provide the average desktop user with? Whether you gain a whole lot more is highly questionable.

.Neo said,

Last time I checked Windows Vista Service Pack 3, also known as Windows 7, isn't free and in retail costs a whole lot more than €16.

Close to 10,000 actual changes/features is a service pack? Really?

A rewritten scheduler model throughout the OS alone would be worthy of a version release, as any Linux user can confirm.

Although Apple's latest operating system has brought up mixed reactions on the forums and on the Internet

So as it turns out OS X Mountain Lion isn't any different from other OS releases, be it on the Mac or PC side of things. Shocking! Anyway, I downloaded the latest OS X version and performed an erase & install. It has been extremely smooth sailing so far. Loving the new Dock design.

.Neo said,
So as it turns out OS X Mountain Lion isn't any different from other OS releases, be it on the Mac or PC side of things. Shocking! Anyway, I downloaded the latest OS X version and performed an erase & install. It has been extremely smooth sailing so far. Loving the new Dock design.

IMHO Mountain Lion is what Lion should have been - it is almost as though Lion was a 'reluctant one last release' for those computers that have been since stopped being supported with the release of Mountain Lion. Don't get me wrong, Mountain Lion is probably one of the best 10.x.0 releases Apple has launched but disappointing that Lion had so many teething problems at the beginning.

.Neo said,
I never had any real issues with OS X Lion.

Wireless on my iMac was a bit iffy - the video card drivers weren't the best when compared to Mountain Lion which are as smooth as silk.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Wireless on my iMac was a bit iffy - the video card drivers weren't the best when compared to Mountain Lion which are as smooth as silk.

I've had a random checkerboard bug since upgrading to Lion....I wonder if it's still there in Mountain Lion. I'm going to wait a bit before I upgrade.

"According to senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller"

So says the guy who's giant bonus is on the line.