6 Million Copies of Lion Purchased via Mac App Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    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.

    Article Link: 6 Million Copies of Lion Purchased via Mac App Store
  2. MacSince1990 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2009
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    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.
  4. edoates macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2006
    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.
  5. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    So even in their comparison, they're admitting that more people bought Windows 7, at a faster rate than Lion.
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    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.
  7. Dr McKay, Oct 6, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2011

    Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Well those were unrelated to what I was talking about. I was pointing that Apple saying they took 2 weeks to reach 10% of their installbase, but Windows 7 took 10 times longer. But, the Windows install base is bigger than 10x that of Apple, so in reality Microsoft sold more, faster. Yet Apple are trying to make it look like they sold more.

    Thanks for the unrelated news, it neither made me feel good nor bad.

    I love that you instantly jumped to the conclusion that Apple doing well would make be upset, and that Apple doing badly would make me happy, but in reality I'm not a fanboy, and making one comment pointing out a mistake in Apples logic does not mean I hate Apple either.
  8. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    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.

  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    you can spin this anyway

    less Mac users easier to get 10% in less time

    Vista was horible, PCs users almost had to updated to Windows 7, where snow leopard is fine so its not such a "must"

    Lion is $29.00

    Windows was what $399.00

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