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Mountain Lion: Three Million Downloads in Four Days

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Mountain Lion already Apple's most successful release.

Apple this week announced that the latest version of OS X was downloaded three million times in the span of four days. This makes it the most successful OS X release in the company's history.

"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," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Mountain Lion was first revealed in February of this year with Apple offering a "near final" release version of Mountain Lion for developers in June at its annual WWDC conference. Mountain includes more than 200 new features including the Messages app; Notification Center; system-wide sharing, which allows you to share photos, videos and other files over third party services at the click of a button without switching apps; Dictation; Power Nap, which keeps your computer up to date while sleeping with auto refreshes of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and Documents in the cloud; AirPlay Mirroring; Game Center; and Gatekeeper, a security setting that allows you to set your computer so that it will only accept software downloaded from the Mac App Store, or from the Mac App Store and identified developers.

Mountain Lion was released July 25 and is priced at $20. It's version 10.8 of Apple's OS X operating system.

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    hate machine , August 2, 2012 10:23 PM
    Coincidentally... three million is the exact number of Mac users in the world!
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    chewy62 , August 2, 2012 10:06 PM
    Coming next summer, OS X 10.9 aka Housecat :p 
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    dalethepcman , August 2, 2012 11:27 PM
    Congratulations Apple, you just convinced 3 million people to pay $20 for a service pack AGAIN!

    You added text messaging, a notification interface stolen from Google, iCloud (wheee), and a default security setting that only lets you install applications from iTunes to a desktop computer.

    All hail the greatest update ever..
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  • 21 Hide
    chewy62 , August 2, 2012 10:06 PM
    Coming next summer, OS X 10.9 aka Housecat :p 
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    SR-71 Blackbird , August 2, 2012 10:08 PM
    I wouldn't waste my bandwidth on this download.
  • 21 Hide
    hate machine , August 2, 2012 10:23 PM
    Coincidentally... three million is the exact number of Mac users in the world!
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    killerclick , August 2, 2012 10:26 PM
    Doesn't have Metro? Pffft, a computer without Metro is like a bowling ball without a liquid center.
  • 10 Hide
    memadmax , August 2, 2012 10:32 PM
    I dusted my mac off for this one.
    So far, looks and acts just like it did before: Just sits there.
    Oh well.... I keep my mac crap up to date in case the kids want to use it some day....
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    wiredthisway , August 2, 2012 10:47 PM
    I'm a Mac admin at work so I HAVE to use one. I'm upgrading to this ASAP since Lion was such a waste. When Lion first came out, on a machine bound to a domain, you could log in with ANY password. It didn't matter what it was and would let you in. How's that for security. We have largely passed over Lion and I'm hoping Mountain can fill the holes that were created by it's predecessor.
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    noobzilla771 , August 2, 2012 10:53 PM
    After Mountain Lion will be OS X 10.9 Nyan Cat
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    Anonymous , August 2, 2012 11:07 PM
    Should have called it cougar, it would have been way more popular..they could have even given it larger buttons to play with. :) 
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    back_by_demand , August 2, 2012 11:21 PM
    ThestarvShould have called it cougar, it would have been way more popular..they could have even given it larger buttons to play with.

    They are waiting till touch controls are built into OSX then they can call it Pussy
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    dalethepcman , August 2, 2012 11:27 PM
    Congratulations Apple, you just convinced 3 million people to pay $20 for a service pack AGAIN!

    You added text messaging, a notification interface stolen from Google, iCloud (wheee), and a default security setting that only lets you install applications from iTunes to a desktop computer.

    All hail the greatest update ever..
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    weierstrass , August 2, 2012 11:57 PM
    Like it or not Apple stock worth more than Google, Microsoft together. They are doing something right. Who ever has the money to afford a mac has done it and is more happy with OSX than he/she was ever with Windows. Most academics use macs at home and all serious computations are done under Linux (see list of 500 most powerful supercomputers). Just some kids are stuck to Windows for gaming... of curse they are only in contact with other kids and believe MS owns the world!
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    livebriand , August 3, 2012 12:02 AM
    chewy62Coming next summer, OS X 10.9 aka Housecat

    Nahh, lolcat would be better. I've been hoping they'd do that for a while.
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    livebriand , August 3, 2012 12:03 AM
    Noobzilla771After Mountain Lion will be OS X 10.9 Nyan Cat

    Even better... :D  Why didn't I think of that?
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    frostyfireball , August 3, 2012 12:12 AM
    weierstrassLike it or not Apple stock worth more than Google, Microsoft together. They are doing something right. Who ever has the money to afford a mac has done it and is more happy with OSX than he/she was ever with Windows. Most academics use macs at home and all serious computations are done under Linux (see list of 500 most powerful supercomputers). Just some kids are stuck to Windows for gaming... of curse they are only in contact with other kids and believe MS owns the world!


    Some kids and 95% of worldwide computer users which includes the majority of home users, businesses and corporations. Like it or not Microsoft and Windows are used happily by billions of users daily and a significant subset do so by choice, the same can't be said of Macs or GNU/Linux distros who combined represent only the remaining 5%.

    -Sent from my Macbook Air running OSX 10.8
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    molo9000 , August 3, 2012 12:29 AM
    dalethepcmanCongratulations Apple, you just convinced 3 million people to pay $30 for a service pack AGAIN!You added text messaging, a notification interface stolen from Google, iCloud (wheee), and a default security setting that only lets you install applications from iTunes to a desktop computer.All hail the greatest update ever..


    Having "Gatekeeper" disabled by default would make it utterly useless, because the normal dimwit user would never activate it in the first place and developers would probably not even bother with registering and signing their apps.
    The default setting allows apps from any source as long as they are signed by registered developers. That, along with a daily check for blacklisted developers, is a nice step forward in security.

    Paying 20 bucks for a few new features, including system wide voice dictation (!!!!!!!!), is a much better deal than paying Microsoft 100 bucks for the privilege of dealing with Metro.

    (Actually sounds like a good deal, if the voice recognition works properly.)
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    Kami3k , August 3, 2012 12:55 AM
    weierstrassLike it or not Apple stock worth more than Google, Microsoft together. They are doing something right. Who ever has the money to afford a mac has done it and is more happy with OSX than he/she was ever with Windows.



    Well who ever would buy a Mac is pretty, well I would get banned for saying it, in the first place.
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    dalethepcman , August 3, 2012 1:20 AM
    molo9000....Paying 20 bucks for a few new features, including system wide voice dictation (!!!!!!!!), is a much better deal than paying Microsoft 100 bucks for the privilege of dealing with Metro.(Actually sounds like a good deal, if the voice recognition works properly.)


    As far a system wide voice dictation, read the raving reviews... The consensus is in, its great for one sentence of dictation, since the maximum dictation period is 30 seconds. You should just buy something from Nuance. Repeatedly pressing the Fn key twice in a row to dictate to the computer for 30 seconds is pointless. If you have to use a keyboard to dictate and it doesn't have a "command word" for activation, then whats the point?
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    merikafyeah , August 3, 2012 2:06 AM
    OS X 10.1: Puma
    OS X 10.3: Panther
    OS X 10.8: Mountain Lion

    Did anyone tell apple that those are all names of the same animal?
    http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-puma.html

    Fun Fact: "Black panthers" are actually not a single species but a general name referring to darker variants of several different big cats such as black leopards, black jaguars, and even black tigers (ultra rare).
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    billgatez , August 3, 2012 3:57 AM
    Still updating an 11 year old OS i see.
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    Maxor127 , August 3, 2012 4:48 AM
    dalethepcmanCongratulations Apple, you just convinced 3 million people to pay $20 for a service pack AGAIN!You added text messaging, a notification interface stolen from Google, iCloud (wheee), and a default security setting that only lets you install applications from iTunes to a desktop computer.All hail the greatest update ever..

    How much did people pay for the Vista service pack called Windows 7?
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