Mountain Lion Downloaded Three Million Times in Four Days

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Jim Dalrymple:

Apple on Monday said OS X Mountain Lion topped 3 million downloads in just four days, making it the most successful operating system release in the company’s history. Mountain Lion is only available through the Mac App Store and costs $19.99.

For context, it took OS X Lion 76 days to attain 6 million downloads.

Mountain Lion is available from the Mac App Store.

Preparing for John Siracusa's Review of Mountain Lion

Pat Dryburgh

Pat Dryburgh:

Woah there!

You wouldn’t run a marathon without walking a few miles the day before. You wouldn’t join a spelling bee without picking up a dictionary. You wouldn’t throw an all-night LAN party without downing several dozen energy drinks. You wouldn’t talk to girls.

For the life of me, I’ll never forget the look on the faces of the children peering through the windows of The Metreon as this was filmed.

Mountain Lion Miscellany

Mountain Lion

Shawn Blanc:

As a card-carrying member of the Apple Fanboy Brotherhood™ it’s my unspoken responsibility to write something nerdy about the Mountain Lion. And so here are a few of my favorite changes, updates, and nit picks which are to be found in OS X 10.8.

Although I certainly appreciate the enormous tomes produced for the release of Mountain Lion, I think the most fascinating portions of the OS lie in the subtleties deep within the granular facets of the software.

From my extensive (and ongoing) experiences with Android, the most disappointing element of the OS continues to be the distinct lack of such nuanced polish. Reading through Shawn’s list, I’m reminded of precisely why Apple products continue to enjoy such resounding success, and why Android — although improved — still cannot tear me away from the Apple ecosystem.

In stark contrast to Microsoft’s penchant for ten thousand word posts outlining every detail of an impending update, Apple’s process continues to be veiled in secrecy. Thus, as a result, the end-user is blessed with the opportunity to delve deep into the operating system to discern what, precisely, has changed. Such moments of discovery and delight contribute to the deep-seated affability of Apple’s software experiences — something its competitors have yet to effectively harness.

MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion

MacStories

Gabe Glick:

MacStories is pleased to announce their first eBook, MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion, for $6.99. With a detailed review of Mountain Lion, numerous sections covering its new apps and features in depth, and 30% of its proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion is a great way to learn about Mountain Lion, support MacStories, and fight cancer all at once.

In my humble opinion, MacStories is easily one of the best Mac news resources available. Boasting a brilliant staff, a fantastic collective voice, and a penchant for testing the bounds of the publishing arena, the site continues to leap from strength to strength.

Today, some 27,000 words later, MacStories has published the entirety of its Mountain Lion coverage as a purchasable e-book. Beyond the fantastic coverage (and a foreword by Shawn Blanc), thirty percent of each sale is donated to the American Cancer Society.

You can (and should) buy the first MacStories e-book from E-Junkie.

Climbing the Mountain

Mountain Lion

Amidst the epic arrival of today’s Mountain Lion reviews, I only have one thought to share regarding the feature-laden operating system update. Simply, the addition of the “Mountain” moniker to the existing “Lion” name is indicative of the entirety of today’s release.

With Lion, Apple wrought havoc upon the Apple community. Inverted scrolling, half-baked iCloud implementation, auto-save, and innumerable elements of controversy forged a divergence in the OS’ critical reception. Further, with OS X Lion, the infamous term “iOS-ification” was given rise amidst ill-considered wails of dissatisfaction with Apple’s software strategy.

Today, the Lion we have come to embrace, albeit begrudgingly for some, has attained some semblance of maturity. Climbing the proverbial mountain, the Lion has learned much of itself, its bounds, and what it requires for survival. For each good concept that suffered from woefully poor implementation, the Lion has taken stock, adopted an aggressive path of self-betterment, and now stands to reap the rewards.

OS X Mountain Lion is every bit an iterative improvement upon its predecesor. Perhaps some elements remain in developmental nascence and perhaps some even pose issues of stability, but the overall sentiment is of unified optimism. OS X Mountain Lion should absolutely be purchased by any and all Mac users without any hesitation, and there really isn’t much more to say than that.

For $19.99, the user receives unspoken corrections for any prior mistakes, a resounding endorsement of the Mac as a lasting platform, and a wonderful way to continue to work and interact with a computer for the coming year.

Mountain Lion is available for purchase from the Mac App Store.