Apple Sells 1 Million Mac OS X Lion Downloads in a Day, Fastest OS Adoption in Apple’s History

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In just one day, over one million users purchased and downloaded Apple‘s latest operating system update – Mac OS X Lion (v10.7). Made available exclusively as a digital download for the first time ever, via the Mac App Store for $29.99, users rushed to download the latest release and the adoption rate is reportedly the fastest in Apple’s history. The 4GB download takes approximately 30 minutes to download depending on internet connection, although some users have experienced delay and slow speeds, possibly due to server overloads.

“Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “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.”

Lion introduces more than 250 new features to the Mac, including Multi-Touch® gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.

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The Mac App Store is available in 123 countries, making it ultra-easy to find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes account, download and install them in just one step. The Mac App Store application also checks for software updates and installs new versions of your apps automatically.

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According to a recent Gartner’s report, Apple currently moved to third place in the U.S. PC market, up from fifth place a year ago and even as recently as last quarter, grabbing a 10.7% share, up significantly from an 8.5% share in the prior-year quarter. This is also where shipments of PCs in the U.S. actually declined year-over-year by about 4-6%. Apple is enjoying a very rosy and record-breaking year, and appears to be continuing to make up ground on the rest of the industry.

Have you purchased and downloaded Lion? What do you think of it?

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CUPERTINO, California—July 21, 2011—Apple® today announced that in just one day, over one million users bought and downloaded Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Available through the Mac® App Store™ for $29.99 (US), users are buying Lion faster than any other OS release in Apple’s history.

“Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “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.”

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Lion introduces more than 250 new features to the Mac, including Multi-Touch® gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.

Available in 123 countries, the Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac so you can find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes® account, download and install them in just one step. The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews. The Mac App Store is built right into Lion and available for Snow Leopard® users through Software Update as part of Mac OS X version 10.6.8.
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