Snow Leopard Outsells Predecessors in Opening Weeks of Availability
September 17, 2009 1:15 PM
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Snow Leopard sold nearly twice as many copies as Tiger and Leopard in first few weeks
Apple is selling its latest Mac OS Snow Leopard at a very brisk pace according to reports from research firm NPD. NPD reports that the sales of Snow Leopard have far exceeded the sales of the previous operating systems Leopard and Tiger.
According to numbers gathered by NPD, Apple has
sold nearly twice as many
copies of Snow Leopard as it did Leopard and almost four times as many copies compared to Tiger. Another important metric for Apple is the fact that while sales of Snow Leopard have decreased since the first week the OS was offered, the decrease hadn't been nearly as significant as the past two OS updates over the same period.
NPD reports that
has seen sales decrease about 25% after its first week of release. Leopard and Tiger sales decreased by about 60% after the first week of availability in comparison. Stephen Baker from NPD said, "Even though some considered Snow Leopard to be less feature-focused than the releases of Leopard or Tiger, the ease of upgrading to Snow Leopard and the affordable pricing made it a win-win for Apple computer owners — thus helping to push sales to record numbers."
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9/18/2009 12:07:18 AM
The problem is, that subset does not consist of that many people. With maybe 5% worldwide marketshare and its main demographic being 'beginners' or those that want something that 'just works', it cannot be very much.
SL is laying the groundwork very much so similar to what Vista did, but to the general Mac community, most people probably won't even notice the difference. You really think Apple was selling their OS for 30 dollars out of the goodness of their heart?
Really its a smart move, Apple needed to do this, but please don't make it out to be some magical OS, especially consider it is not a 64 bit kernel for most users (i.e pretty much anyone who upgraded). 32 bit kernel (i.e drivers are still 32bit also) by default with ability to excecute 64bit code, which was no different then leopard of course, just this time around they actually rewrote a bunch of the apps in 64bit.
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