APPLE'S LATEST Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system has been downloaded by over three per cent of Mac users just 48 hours after release.
Advertising firm Chitika said in a post on its Insights blog Friday that its metric tool marked the Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that Apple released last Wednesday at a 3.2 per cent share.
"With 3.2 per cent of all Mac users upgrading to OS X Mountain Lion in the first 48 hours, Apple's latest operating system stands to do much better than its predecessor OS X Lion, which experienced only a 14 per cent market share after 3 months on the market," the company ventured in the blog post.
The report came two days after Apple released its latest version of OS X and made it available to users as a £14 download through the Apple App Store.
The update is the first major Mac OS X upgrade for over a year, and aims to close the gap between Apple's Mac OS X and IOS. Once installed, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion delivers over 200 new features to Mac computers, including enhanced Icloud support, Facebook integration, Imessage support and voice dictation.
However, as revealed by Apple last month, not all Mac owners are able to upgrade. Mountain Lion isn't compatible with Macbooks dated pre-2007 or Mac Minis before 2009, making the 3.2 per cent share a bit more impressive.
Chitika said Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard remains the most popular version of OS X on the market with a 45.51 per cent share. Mountain Lion's predecessor, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, was second with a 34.97 per cent piece of the Apple Mac market.
Apple issued a press release today saying that downloads of OS X Mountain Lion have exceeded three million in four days, making it the most successful OS X release in Apple'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," Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said. µ