Mac OS X 10.7 Lion went on sale on Wednesday, and already Apple is saying this release is selling “faster than any other OS release in Apple’s history.” It’s also the first time Apple’s done a major desktop OS release through its Mac App Store.

Mac App Store

Mac App Store

Apple is off to a roaring good start with sales of its newest operating system. On Thursday the company announced that it had already sold 1 million copies of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion since it went on sale Wednesday morning. Already the company is saying that “users are buying Lion faster than any other OS release in Apple’s history.”

Now, Apple didn’t offer any numbers back when Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was released in August 2009 that can be looked to for a comparison. But the pace of Lion sales does indicate that the way it’s delivering the new OS is going over pretty well.

Apple has chosen a nontraditional way of distributing a major desktop OS release: through the Mac App Store, which officially opened for business in January. Of course, for most Apple customers, buying software that way isn’t all that new: For the past three years the iOS App Store has been hooked up to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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  1. Would’ve been nice to know in advance that Lion does’t support Power PC apps. I lost use of one of my favorites, Canvas, leaving lots of orphaned files, thanks Apple. Now how do I get Snow Leopard back?

  2. Seriously? It was in every first paragraph of every article written about Lion leading up to its release. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but not by much. How can you install something without reading about it first?

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