Apple's Lion roars onto computers with 1 million downloads in a day
Friday 22 July 2011
In the space of 24 hours, Mac owners in 123 countries around the world downloaded more than 1 million copies of Apple's latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
The download milestone makes Lion the fastest-selling OS in Apple’s history.
The operating system is priced at $29.99 in the US Apple App Store - meaning that Apple earned close to one million dollars each hour the software was on sale during the first day (figures could be slightly lower taking into account that Lion can be installed on multiple computers associated with a single iTunes account).
"Lion is off to a great start," boasted Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, adding that "user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic."
Almost 10,500 people have rated Lion in the US Mac App Store to date leaving an average rating of four and a half stars.
A recent report on WindowsITPro suggests that Microsoft continues to sell around 20 million copies of its latest operating system Windows 7 every month, almost two years after its release.
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