Mac OS X Lion hits 1m downloads on first day

Apple happy as OS X Lion proves popular down at the Mac App Store

July 25, 2011

Apple has been boasting about the popularity of the latest version of OS X Lion.

Last week, Apple introduced the new MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt and a backlit keyboard, but redesigned hardware wasn’t the only new thing to come with the refreshed range.

OS X Lion was also pushed out on the Air, and made available for download to Mac users. And Apple has quickly boasted about the success of the eighth version of its Mac OS.

In its first day on release – on sale at the Mac App Store for $30 – OS X Lion managed to roar to a million downloads, selling at a faster rate than any other release of the operating system.

Philip Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple, commented: “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.”

The OS is available in no less than 123 countries across the globe, and it boasts a raft of tweaks, some 250 new features in fact.

Highlights include multi-touch gestures, system-wide support for full screen apps, and the Launchpad, a new home for all the user’s apps.

Apple also introduced the Thunderbolt Display last week, a 27 inch IPS monitor with Thunderbolt built-in, which acts as a docking station for Mac notebooks.


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