Mac OS X Lion downloaded 1 million times in first day

Apple has a lot of fans who apparently want to get their hands on the latest update to the Mac OS X operating system as soon as they possibly can. The company issued a press release today announcing that Mac users had downloaded the "Lion" update from the Mac App Store 1 million times on its first day of its online availability. The update, which costs $29.99 and contains over 250 new features, is currently the fastest selling Mac OS update in history.

The success of the Lion launch seems to have pleased Philip Schiller, who is Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing. In the press release he stated, “Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic. Lion is a huge step forward, it’s not only packed with innovative features but it’s incredibly easy for users to update their Macs to the best OS we’ve ever made.”

While Apple has made the Lion update available for download via the Mac App Store, folks who want some kind of physical media can wait until August when Apple will start selling USB thumb drives with the Lion update installed. However the cost of this method, available on Apple's online store, will set you back $69 which is over double the download only price. If you want to get out of the house to get the update, you can also take you Mac to any Apple retail store and download and install the update at that location.

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