Apple has just released press info announcing that Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has been downloaded more than three million times in just four days. This marks a new record, making Mountain Lion the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history:
Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, quoted in the press release:[quote]Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever.[/quote]
However, over three million downloads doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple received payment for each download. One payment of $19.99 means a customer can download Mountain Lion to more than one computer using the same Mac App Store account. Also, a number of the three million downloads would also likely include downloads from the new Up-To-Date program that allows new Mac owners to update their operating systems for free, as long as they purchased it after June 11, 2012.
In comparison, last year Apple announced that it reached one million downloads in 24 hours for OS X Lion.
There are a number of new and exciting features in Mountain Lion, which has most likely contributed to its high download record, including a Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide sharing, upcoming Facebook integration, Dictation, Airplay Mirroring and Game Center.
Mountain Lion was just released last Wednesday and can be purchased for $19.99, if you haven’t already bought it.