Lion Sales Top One Million on First Day

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Apple announced Thursday that sales of OS X 10.7 Lion topped the one million mark on Wednesday, the first day of availability. Lion is only available through the Mac App Store, and at US$29.99, that means Apple has added another $30 million to its coffers (you know, because Apple was running short on cash).

“Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said in a statement. “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 was introduced to the world in October of 2010 during Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event, and its release marks many turning points in the Mac operating system’s course.

  • It’s the first Mac OS to not have “Mac” in the name (though Apple itself mixes up its own nomenclature frequently and calls it Mac OS X Lion as often as OS X Lion).
  • It’s the first Mac operating system to incorporate traits from iOS (once called iPhone OS), including full screen software and major integration of multigestures developed for iOS.
  • It’s the first Mac OS to be sold as a download only, with no physical media available (for now — a USB thumb drive version will be offered later this year).
  • It’s the first Mac OS to install its own recovery partition on target Macs.
  • It’s the first Mac OS to de-emphasize The Finder, the concept that first set the original Mac apart from everything else back in 1984.
  • Most importantly, it’s the first Mac OS to sell a million copies on its first day of availability, though the company did sell two million copies of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in the first three days of availability. Additionally, Snow Leopard sales doubled Leopard sales over the first five weeks of availability.

Comments

Lee Dronick

“Apple announced Thursday that sales of OS X 10.7 Lion topped the one million nark”

Sounds like they hit that one out of the PARC.

Bryan Chaffin

It’s funny that “narc” passed spellcheck. I had assumed that was merely slang, but both “nark” and “narc” are listed in Snow Leopard’s dictionary (and the crappy dictionary Adobe saddled us with in the GoLive, which I am lamenting I must soon give up).

Lee Dronick

It?s funny that ?narc? passed spellcheck. I had assumed that was merely slang, but both ?nark? and ?narc? are listed in Snow Leopard?s dictionary (and the crappy dictionary Adobe saddled us with in the GoLive, which I am lamenting I must soon give up).

It wasn’t a snark on your nark, I knew that it was a typo. I just like to wordplay.

GoLive! What OS are you running, I didn’t think that it ran under the later versions of OSX. I used to love GoLive, I started with Cyberstudio, and although it has its quirks I am enjoying DreamWeaver. If you make the switch to Dreamweaver I found that the Missing Manual for it is real handy.

carpenter

So, where is the “recovery” file?  I can’t find it and Lion self-destructs its installer once it’s installed.

Bryan Chaffin

Sir Hank, I am using GoLive 8 (from CS2), the second to the last version of the software. It runs in Rosetta in Snow Leopard.

I use it for two reasons: The first is that it generates clean HTML—our publishing system handles all the CSS.  The second is the Project feature in GoLive, the coolest thing about the software from its early days as Cyberstudio. It’s a sign of Adobe’s utter incompetence that they did not take the Project into Dreamweaver, but then Adobe never, ever understood GoLive.

I guess we’ve successfully derailed the discussion, no? smile

Bryan Chaffin

So, where is the ?recovery? file?? I can?t find it and Lion self-destructs its installer once it?s installed.

One can grab the InstallESD.dmg file from the package contents of the installer app before installation (I personally just backed up the entire installer app) to make a bootable thumb drive.

But to start from the recovery partition, hold the option key during startup and you’ll be able to choose from your various partitions, including the recovery mode thingamabob.

Lee Dronick

I guess we?ve successfully derailed the discussion

Yes, it is no longer on rubies.

furbies

?Apple announced Thursday that sales of OS X 10.7 Lion topped the one million nark?

Narf! Zort! Poit! Troz! Egad, Brain! Gonk! Fjord!

Lee Dronick

Getting back on topic, sorry Bryan, I installed Lion late yesterday afternoon and played with it most of the evening. Overall I like it very much. I would like more color in it, the monochrome seems to be too muted and not enough contrast.

MOSiX Man

A million copies @ roughly 4GB each… So, people downloaded 4 petabytes of data from Apple, in one day. Impressive, but I wonder if Apple farmed out some of the server work or if it was all handled by Apple’s servers. Say, perhaps, in the humungozoid data center in NC?

Lee Dronick

I wonder if Apple farmed out some of the server work or if it was all handled by Apple?s servers.

My download was glacial and I don’t think that it was the fault of my ISP, I am betting that Apple’s servers were very busy. When does the North Carolina site come on line?

One pluses to the slow download of Lion that I experienced is that I could read up on the install procedure. Before running the installer I made a duplicate of the download and put one of them on USB memory stick. When I go to install Lion on my wife’s MacBook Pro I should have to download it.

MOSiX Man

When I go to install Lion on my wife?s MacBook Pro I shouldn’t have to download it.

There. Fixed that for you. smile

Lee Dronick

Thanks MOSiX Man. I may have made a Freudian slip there, or the autocorrect in Lion fixed a typo.

Bryan Chaffin

A million copies @ roughly 4GB each? So, people downloaded 4 petabytes of data from Apple, in one day. Impressive, but I wonder if Apple farmed out some of the server work or if it was all handled by Apple?s servers. Say, perhaps, in the humungozoid data center in NC?

Akamai FTW.

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