6 Million Copies of Lion Purchased via Mac App Store

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During his keynote address to announce the next generation iPhone, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company has sold more than 6 million copies of Lion since it launched in July. "This is 80% more than Snow Leopard."

"For another metric, we measure adoption. If you look at Windows 7, it took them about 20 weeks to reach 10% of their base. It took Lion 2 weeks."

Lion is available for $29.99 at the Mac App Store.

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118 months ago
You can spin stats anyway you want to meet your needs, that is the downside of stats....but the real news here imho is that 6 million copies of a new OS coming in at 4 plus gigs were DOWNLOADED and installed. That is also not the install base, think of people like me that downloaded it and installed it on two machines but only counts as one sale.

Impressive.
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118 months ago

So even in their comparison, they're admitting that more people bought Windows 7, at a faster rate than Lion.


First, I'll try to make you very happy. Here we go: Apple sells only about five percent of all computers. Only one in twenty computers sold is a Mac. And Apple sells only about five percent of all phones. Only one in twenty phones sold is an iPhone. Does that make you feel good?

And now I'll take it all away: Apple makes more money selling computers than all the other manufacturers together. And Apple makes more money selling phones than all the other manufacturers together. I hope that makes you feel really bad.
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118 months ago
So even in their comparison, they're admitting that more people bought Windows 7, at a faster rate than Lion.
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118 months ago
Plus, if you figure that all new Macs sold after July 20th shipped with Lion, that means that about 8-10 million sales of Lion after 3 months, which is a pretty impressive uptake rate.
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118 months ago
*waves care flag*
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118 months ago
10% of base is easier with Mac's

Windows has a MUCH larger installed base than Mac, and more of that base is in business operations. Getting 10% of that large a base, especially in businesses that must vet the updates for stability, security, compatibility with exist apps, etc. is significantly more difficult. I'm actually surprised that it took only 20 weeks to hit 10% of the XP / Vista base.

Windows 7, in my experience, is a major improvement in usability, stability, and security over any prior Windows OS.

So, that "bragging" right by the Apple crew is a bit specious.

Eddie O

PS: I'm a certified Mac FanBoy (tm) since Lisa in the 80's.
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