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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

Just one 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."



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Features?
By sabbede on 7/22/2011 1:40:19 PM , Rating: 4
Its amazing what marketeers will call a feature. "Turn off facetime calls!", "High Resolution Cursor!", "Find toolbox in Safari!", "Safari supports CSS3!!", "Full screen terminal!", "Turn off indicator lights!"

Seriously?




RE: Features?
By Tony Swash on 7/22/2011 2:14:24 PM , Rating: 5
If you are seriously interested in the changes Lion has brought then read John Siracusa Ars Technica review, his long history of substantial reviews of MacOSX major releases are justifiably famous. It is long and detailed and at times very technical but if you are genuinely interested in the Lion system release it's worth it.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2011/07/mac-o...

Of course if you are not genuinely interested but are simply trying to make a feeble anti-Apple point about an OS you are not running or interested in then perhaps you should grow up a bit.

Good luck with either option.


RE: Features?
By sabbede on 7/22/2011 2:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
Have done. I've also read this http://www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/features.htm... which is utterly ridiculous. I'm not looking to trash the OS (well, not right now anyhow), just the marketing.

You'd think they would hype a new icon design as a new feature.


RE: Features?
By maven81 on 7/22/2011 2:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
"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.


RE: Features?
By Tony Swash on 7/22/2011 3:20:51 PM , Rating: 2
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.


I urge you to read John Siracusa's Ars Technica review of the Lion release if you seriously interested in understanding it's significant. I suspect however, based on your featherbrained comments about Apple being run my marketing rather than engineering, that you are merely scoring juvenile points. Unless you are prepared to actually think rather than merely rearrange your prejudices the reasons why Apple is crushing all it's competitors will continue to elude you.


RE: Features?
By maven81 on 7/22/11, Rating: -1
RE: Features?
By Tony Swash on 7/22/2011 4:05:45 PM , Rating: 2
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!


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.

Macs. The battle seemed to have been over a long time ago and Windows won, except Macs have been growing faster than the PC market for the best part of four years, Windows sales have shown their first downturn (and for two consecutive quarters) and Apple is just about the most profitable PC maker. Not bad for a battle lost.

iPods. Apple decisively won the MP3 player market utterly and totally a long time ago. Apple is the worlds biggest music retailer. It runs the worlds biggest online digital content store.

Phones. Apple is now the world's biggest smart phone maker, its sales of phones doubled in the last year and it makes by far the most profit of any handset maker. The rate of increase of it's phone sales is accelerating.

iPads. Apple utterly dominates the tablet market. Forget the silliness about 60% of the market - you and I know that that is tosh - the iPad is selling much, much faster and in bigger numbers than any other tablet. It's iPad business just doubled. The rate of increase of it's iPad sales is accelerating.

Apple is about to explode in China. In a year Apple will be twice as big again. Apple is the mobile equivalent of what Microsoft and Intel combined were in the PC era (and it's worth noting that Apple is now worth more than Microsoft and Intel combined) and the new mobile market will be bigger than the old PC market.


RE: Features?
By maven81 on 7/22/2011 4:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
Nice try but this article is specifically about the operating system OSX. An operating system that apple call " the world's most advanced OS ". 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.
And sure they can make boatloads of money thanks to their ridiculous margins, but doesn't mean they will ever surpass windows marketshare. It also says more about its users then it does about apple.


RE: Features?
By TakinYourPoints on 7/23/2011 8:02:17 PM , Rating: 2
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.


Personal opinion and personal anecdotes crit logical arguments for 10!

Your posts are so full of butthurt, its awesome. Why not give examples for your claims instead of just writing off the Ars article completely? I use both Windows and OS X, like em both, so whatever.

Of course, someone who off-hand writes off the excellent articles at places like Ars or Anand says more about the reader than the article.


RE: Features?
By Le Québécois on 7/22/2011 6:50:13 PM , Rating: 1
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.


It's been a long time since I posted on Daily Tech but I couldn't let this one pass without saying something.

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.

This doesn't reduce in any way the impressive growth of Apple inc. in the last years but it still is far from being at the top of the food chain of the tech companies.


RE: Features?
By Tony Swash on 7/22/2011 7:39:34 PM , Rating: 2
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.


Apples market value is second only to Exxon and is catching up fast.

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

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/apple-...

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


http://business.financialpost.com/2011/07/21/apple...

Facts are a better guide to the real world than fantasies.

You are confusing memories of the past for the present. The world is not as it once was, neither is technology and neither is Apple. Times change, adapt.


RE: Features?
By TakinYourPoints on 7/22/2011 9:20:53 PM , Rating: 2
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.


AAPL has a higher market cap than any of the companies that you listed. They also make more gross revenue (double Microsoft's) and net income than all of the companies you listed.

Do some research before making posts claiming to be based on objective facts.


RE: Features?
By nikon133 on 7/24/2011 6:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
Of course Macs are growing faster - they have more space where to grow into.

Think of it: If 10% of Windows users are not happy and move to Mac, Mac market share doubles in US and grows 4x world wide.

If 10% of Mac users are not happy with Mac and move back to Windows, Windows market share hardly notice. 1% in US, 0.5% worldwide?


RE: Features?
By TakinYourPoints on 7/25/2011 12:17:18 AM , Rating: 2
Here is another important metric: Apple is the #1 seller among PC vendors of computers over $1000. There is a huge reason why HP/Dell/Samsung/etc are copying Apple designs and hardware, it is because they want a piece of the market with higher profit margins. The majority of computers sold by those companies are econoboxes for businesses and consumers, and those carry razor thin profit margins. It is a big reason why there is so much crapware preloaded to subsidize those machines.

Obviously this doesn't include the small DIY PC enthusiast market, of which many of us are a part of. My own gaming PC and the monitor for it costs over two grand, well over any of my Macs. That is also money that no PC builder (Dell/HP/whatever) is ever going to see from me. :)

In any case, Apple may only have 10% of the US PC market (and growing at an insane rate), but it is the high-quality $1000+ market that everyone else wants.


RE: Features?
By artemicion on 7/22/2011 4:10:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure the Apple execs care more about profits than market penetration or whether their products are used in spaceships.

And if they did care about market penetration, they could probably point to the MP3, smartphone or tablet markets...

Funny how geeks rail Apple for not having the fastest or most powerful products, or most market penetration. As if Steve Jobs cares about any of that while he's chilling in his gazillion dollar yacht...


RE: Features?
By maven81 on 7/22/2011 4:30:40 PM , Rating: 2
"I'm pretty sure the Apple execs care more about profits than market penetration or whether their products are used in spaceships."

Right, but that's the whole point. I said that the whole thing is nothing but marketing hype and Tony was trying to prove that it's somehow this amazingly great OS that's going to crush the competition. Apple themselves claim it's the most advanced OS in the world. This idea is laughable and trying to post Ars reviews isn't going to change the fact that Apple is run by marketing.


RE: Features?
By TakinYourPoints on 7/23/2011 7:57:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
As if Steve Jobs cares about any of that while he's chilling in his gazillion dollar yacht...


The funny thing is that Michael Dell and Steve Ballmer are both worth double what Steve Jobs is, and this is with Jobs being the CEO of Apple (responsible for one of the largest corporate turnarounds and successes in history) and the largest shareholder in Disney after selling Pixar to them.

People talking about the greed of Apple while giving a pass to the typical MBA management types with zero vision for technology who run these other companies is hilarious.


RE: Features?
By artemicion on 7/22/2011 4:03:29 PM , Rating: 1
Hard to diss their marketing department when they are somehow getting the general population to buy underpowered and overpriced products. I'd hire them.


RE: Features?
By W00dmann on 7/22/2011 3:17:42 PM , Rating: 2
I read the Ars Technica review. I'm glad to see Apple updating OS X and adding new features, but my overall impression is "meh".


RE: Features?
By TakinYourPoints on 7/23/2011 7:51:34 PM , Rating: 2
For a desktop OS I'm kind of take-it-or-leave it compared to Snow Leopard or Windows 7.

For a laptop OS, nothing touches it. It is optimized so incredibly well towards laptop displays and physical interfaces.


.
By StevoLincolnite on 7/22/2011 10:00:41 AM , Rating: 2
1 Million copies doesn't seem like much when you consider that Windows 7 at one stage was selling 7 copies every second...
And at the start of the year hit the 300 million sold mark.

In the grand scheme of things, considering how insignificant the Macintosh Market-share is, it's a fairly decent effort.

Should be interesting with the new App store how quickly future versions of the OS are sold. (I hope you will be watching Microsoft!)




RE: .
By maven81 on 7/22/2011 10:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
"(I hope you will be watching Microsoft!)"

What do you mean? I'm pretty sure it's been possible to download windows since Vista!


RE: .
By spread on 7/22/2011 10:36:43 AM , Rating: 3
You can download Windows 7. And if your PC has no disc drive you can use the Windows 7 USB Tool to make a thumbstick install disc (make sure the BIOS setting is enabled for USB). Takes 3 clicks.


RE: .
By maven81 on 7/22/2011 10:47:04 AM , Rating: 2
Of course Apple will gladly sell you a 5 dollar USB stick with 30 dollars of software for 70 dollars. How innovative.


RE: .
By ClownPuncher on 7/22/2011 11:06:54 AM , Rating: 2
Software that would be considred a Service Pack from Microsoft.


RE: .
By saarek on 7/22/11, Rating: -1
RE: .
By omnicronx on 7/22/2011 12:37:09 PM , Rating: 1
Oh course it is, OSX dates back to 2001-02, every single update is incremental, regardless of your feelings.

Common users seem to quantify mass UI updates to being a new OS when that can't be further from the case.

OS development for both MS and Apple seem to be following this path, even Vista was not a complete redesign, many of the low level components remained essentially untouched.

My guess is that we will be seeing both companies somewhat hitting the reset switch (i.e OS11 or whatever it will be called, and for MS finally ditching NT) within the next few revisions (something which MS has already stated is on the horizon)


RE: .
By TakinYourPoints on 7/23/2011 8:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
Having used Windows since 2.0 and OS X since 10.2, I can say that the move from OS 10.3 to 10.4 was a larger leap than going from XP to Vista. Calling the OS X updates "service packs" smacks of ignorance. 10.6 was borderline SP, but I wouldn't presume to call it that either given the under the hood additions like GCD.


RE: .
By just4U on 7/24/2011 2:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
XP to Vista was a huge leap.. While I do not use OS X I find it hard to believe that 10.3-10.4 was a bigger step.


RE: .
By xaders on 7/22/2011 5:05:12 PM , Rating: 2
well, it show about 1 million loyalist or fanboy for apple. in my opinion, it is not too different then when microsoft launch an OS. just that apple get to be a " MORE " attention & consider different & if you like "innovators."

mac osx 10.7 "lion" to me is bring features mobile IOS into regular full OS just like with windows 8 is doing but both OS are trying to " dumb " it down. some people like it & some people hate.

both apple & microsoft OS has to watch out of google & chromeOS because open-source is here to stay.


Experts: OS X now much more secure than rivals
By Tony Swash on 7/23/2011 10:39:24 AM , Rating: 2
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.”


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/21/mac_os_x_l...

Loved the last sentence!




RE: Experts: OS X now much more secure than rivals
By Helbore on 7/23/2011 1:17:19 PM , Rating: 2
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.


By Tony Swash on 7/23/2011 2:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
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.


Microsoft got it from Unix.

MacOSX is a Unix OS.

Everything in the world of computing (all the computers, devices, phones, mainframes) all run on variants of Unix. Except those running Windows OS, where of course 99% of all malware runs :)


RE: Experts: OS X now much more secure than rivals
By Helbore on 7/24/2011 10:53:56 AM , Rating: 2
So why did it take 7 revisions of UNIX-based OSX for this feature to appear, then? Shouldn't it have been there from the beginning?

Yes, sloppy design by Microsoft to not include this in their own kernel design from day one, but what were Apple thinking by not having this in OSX, when the very platform it is based on already had it?

I guess Apple are waking up to the fact that they are starting to attract the attention of malware writers.

Also, isn't OSX technically based on BSD, as opposed to UNIX? Nitpicking maybe, but that's just me.


By Tony Swash on 7/25/2011 6:27:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I guess Apple are waking up to the fact that they are starting to attract the attention of malware writers.


Eh... no they are not

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/07/21/mac-malware-explosi...


By Helbore on 7/25/2011 9:17:39 AM , Rating: 2
They're not waking up to it?

In all seriousness, that article actually seems to prove that Apple ARE waking up to the notion that they are becoming more of a target for malware (note, "more of a target" does not mean "getting as much malware as Windows.")

The "back and forth" malware definition updates is much the same as what you see from regular antivirus on Windows. Also, that article note new changes to Xprotect in Lion, which suggests Apple is trying to improve its security model in light of recent developments.

One thing is for sure; OSX is not a guaranteed safe-haven from malware. Apple knows this and is beginning to address the concern. They've a long way to go before they hit a large enoguh market share that they become a target like Windows is, but they are now on the radar and they need to be wary of those who are beginning to take pot-shots across the bow of the USS Macintosh.


Sooo....
By CrazyBernie on 7/22/2011 11:35:36 AM , Rating: 1
A million people just paid $30 for an update... good job, people.




RE: Sooo....
By saarek on 7/22/2011 11:58:04 AM , Rating: 2
Better spending £20.99 on an updated OS than £54.95 for a service pack for Vista called Windows 7!


RE: Sooo....
By damianrobertjones on 7/22/2011 12:42:07 PM , Rating: 2
Grow up. We KNOW that Windows 7 was a more or less tweaked version of Vista and we all knew this back a few years ago when it was released.


RE: Sooo....
By CrazyBernie on 7/22/2011 1:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yes... 'cause it's Microsoft's fault that hardware/pc manufacturer's were lazy, incompetent bastards and gave what was otherwise an excellent OS a bad rap. Boo hoo. Go get you some Mojave, buddy.

Windows 7 is a tad more than a service pack. Even if it were just a re-disguised Vista, I would applaud Microsoft for "fooling the masses" since the masses were spouting hearsay to begin with.


For those seeking a more adult perspective
By Tony Swash on 7/22/2011 1:12:07 PM , Rating: 2
By CrazyBernie on 7/22/2011 2:00:00 PM , Rating: 2
Adult perspective? I'm sorry... I missed the part where a summary of features was considered childish. Had you said "more detailed information" or "in-depth overview" I'd be more inclined to agree with you.

So were you making a jab at the OP, or DT in general?


Wow, people amaze me.
By captainBOB on 7/22/2011 10:52:04 PM , Rating: 1
Even if Apple sold Lion for free, people would STILL bitch and moan about stupid crap.

Windows 7 was regarded as a service pack as well and people didn't mind paying up $100 for the upgrade.

OS X is $30 and people can't stomach the though of paying $30 for a complete operating system.




RE: Wow, people amaze me.
By just4U on 7/24/2011 2:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
Many didn't mind paying a $100 for Win7 because they hadn't even bothered to buy Vista .. prefering to stick it out with XP until Micrososft gave them a good reason to upgrade. I'd say Windows 7 did it's job well. Not only did it recieve fairly positive press, it also (in most cases) gave people still on XP a speed increase on their aging hardware.. Something Vista didn't do. (Thanks largely to poor optimzation and out right laziness by Microsoft's partners which are far to numerous to list)


O$!$ the best they ever made?
By laok on 7/22/2011 10:59:56 AM , Rating: 2
Not the best of the world?

Wow, this Philip Schiller is so moderate




Mission Control
By Fancarolina on 7/22/2011 12:17:11 PM , Rating: 2
Why is this damn Mission Control being touted as a new feature it's just Exposé with a new name. Its been there since 2003. Quit reinventing the same thing with new names and acting like it's innovation Apple.




1 Million eh?
By MrPerez on 7/23/2011 4:26:33 AM , Rating: 2
I guess that's about every person that owns a mac lol




More to the point...
By Landiepete on 7/25/2011 6:00:32 AM , Rating: 2
All silliness and snide remarks aside, I have bought and installed Lion (albeit not on a mac).

It is fast and responsive, easy to use, very stable and does it's job without moaning.
For day to day productivity stuff I find it to be a lot more user friendly than Windows 7.

I like it.




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