day after the release of Mac OS X Lion, Apple reported that one million users have
bought and downloaded the brand new OS.
Mac OS X Lion, which
is Apple's eighth major release of Mac OS X, was released on July 20 and
features 250 new Mac features. Some of these features include Multi-Touch
gestures, which offer system-wide support for full screen apps; Launchpad,
which contains all of your apps in one place, and Mission Control, which allows
you to view everything running on your Mac.
Apple launched the new OS on the Mac App Store, which was recently released in
January of this year. Apple has said that the Mac App Store would eventually eliminate
the need for boxed software, and announced this week that many boxed
software products would move to the Mac App Store only.
By releasing Lion for only $29.99 on the Mac App Store, Apple said users are
buying the new OS faster that any other previous OS release. The modest price,
quick availability via download, and fixes/new features that this release
offers has appealed to users while Apple wins in respect to adoption of the Mac
App Store over boxed software, and of course, greater sales.
"Lion is off to a great
start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic," said
Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
"Lion is a huge step forward, it's not only packed with innovative
features but it's incredibly easy for users to update their Macs to the best OS
we've ever made."
quote: "You'd think they would hype a new icon design as a new feature."That's what happens when the company gets run by marketing and designers rather then developers and engineers. They probably spend more time arguing about brushed metal vs liquid and transparency and reflections then they do about hardware acceleration frameworks and such.
quote: Apple is crushing its competitors? Are you serious? How many computers in the US are running OSX, 10%? And out of those, how many are used for mission critical tasks like running the stock market, piloting military drones and communicating with deep space spacecraft? Heck, Apple's own server farm in North Carolina is not running OSX!
quote: There is nothing in the Ars review that would support that conclusion, and real world usage makes that marketing claim look even more dubious. Personally I don't know how they can even get away with that claim. So yes, apple is absolutely run by marketing.
quote: Let's leave aside that Apple is now the worlds biggest tech company, that it doubled in size as a business in the last year and within a few months, maybe weeks, it will be the most valuable company anywhere on the planet. Lets leave all that.
quote: Apple is far from the worlds biggest tech company, stop kidding yourself. Just think (and do some research if you care to) about IBM, Sony, Microsoft, Cisco or even Nintendo for example. Some of those are worth more than twice of the market value of Apple and others about the same like Nintendo for instance.
quote: Apple recently blew past Microsoft, Cisco, and other companies to become the most valuable tech company in the world.Yahoo Finance May 3 2011
quote: Apple Inc is within sight of catching up with Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the world. Based on Apple’s growth trajectory, and a number of catalysts in the pipeline — from a possible new iPhone this fall to expansions in China — investors and analysts say Apple could unseat Exxon in the next six months, or latest by the middle of next year. The market value of the top U.S. technology company was only US$52 billion short of Exxon’s US$410 billion on Wednesday, even though the largest of the oil majors rakes in more than four times Apple’s annual revenue. In the past month alone, Apple’s market capitalization has risen by US$66 billion to US$357.8 billion, fuelled by optimism of a monstrous second half that could include the iPhone 5 and the new online music and data storage service called iCloud.Financial Post July 21st 2011
quote: Just think (and do some research if you care to) about IBM, Sony, Microsoft, Cisco or even Nintendo for example. Some of those are worth more than twice of the market value of Apple and others about the same like Nintendo for instance.
quote: As if Steve Jobs cares about any of that while he's chilling in his gazillion dollar yacht...
quote: With Wednesday's release of Mac OS X Lion, Apple has definitively leapfrogged its rivals by offering an operating system with state-of-the-art security protections that make it more resistant to malware exploits and other hack attacks, two researchers say. Unlike the introduction of Snow Leopard in 2009, which offered mostly incremental security enhancements, OS X 10.7 represents a major overhaul, said the researchers, who spent the past few months analyzing the OS. The most important addition is full ASLR. Short for address space layout randomization, the protection makes it much harder for attackers to exploit bugs by regularly changing the memory location where shell code and other system components are loaded. Other improvements include security sandboxes that tightly restrict the way applications can interact with other parts of the operating system and full disk encryption that doesn't interfere with other OS features. “It's a significant improvement, and the best way that I've described the level of security in Lion is that it's Windows 7, plus, plus,” said Dino Dai Zovi, principal of security consultancy Trail of Bits and the coauthor of The Mac Hacker's Handbook. “I generally tell Mac users that if they care about security, they should upgrade to Lion sooner rather than later, and the same goes for Windows users, too.”
quote: OSX finally randomises the location of shell code in memory. Hasn't Windows already been doing that for a while? I'm sure I remember this being touted as a big security improvement.Microsoft should sue Apple for stealing their intellectual property now.
quote: I guess Apple are waking up to the fact that they are starting to attract the attention of malware writers.