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Initial Snow Leopard sales double Leopard numbers

updated 11:35 am EDT, Thu September 17, 2009

Best Mac OS launch in years?

Mac OS X Snow Leopard has been Apple's best OS launch in years, at least in terms of sales numbers, according to the NPD Group. Tracking figures are said to show sales more than twice those of the Leopard launch in October 2007, generally considered a success in its own right. The sales are also four times those associated with Tiger, released in April 2005.

NPD notes that whereas Leopard and Tiger purchases dropped 60 percent in the second week of availability, Snow Leopard slipped only 25 percent. The interest is largely attributed to a new pricing scheme, in which both single- and five-user licenses are $100 less than they were for Leopard. The cuts may have been necessary to attract people to a comparatively minor upgrade; Apple will also soon face competition from Microsoft's Windows 7, launching on October 22nd.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mikegraham8

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why is it?

    Why does every article concerning Snow Leopard have to include some tripe about Windows 7? A potential Windows 7 user could give an eff less about Snow Leopard. It seems the only way to get an article published at cNet, here, and even at MSNBC, is to have some sort of Snow Leopard/Windows 7 conflict involved.

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Its Also The 1st Version that...

    Causes the most amount of compatibility issues of any other version ever released to the public. I lost 80% of my working applications from the upgrade to 10.6. Now just waiting for the rest of my programs to be updated to work with the 10.6. Also been on the phone with ADOBE every day for hours each day trying to get PhotoShop CS4 to run for more then a few minutes without crashing! I also have several high end work stations that use the HASP Dongles, that just wont work either despite what they say does. I hate this version, I really do.

  1. discotronic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Research and Test

    Sounds like someone needs to research compatibility issues and test in a non-production environment before such an upgrade is done.

    So, who is to blame for your problems? Apple? Of course. Adobe? You bet. You? Never.

    Give me a break. If you worked for me, and upgraded everything in a production environment and didn't bother to test everything, I would kick you to the curb.

    Apparently you didn't buy and try to use 10.0.

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I went to Snow to go back in time...

    Best utility of Leopard are Time Machine... Thank you!!!

    I Just Upgraded for the new Snow Leopard, to find that my Java Oracle based applications had stop working as lots of other small useful applications... So I RESTORE back to Leopard, I will remain on OSX 10.5.8 Leopard, until all the software I use and need is Snow Leopard compatible.

    Visually Snow Leopard had lots of small improvements, that I think could be done with a small patch in Leopard. In performance I could not say... Did not test it time enough, but as a 64Bits should have better performance and loved the Exchange Server 2007 compatibility functionality out of the box, without need of extra software like MS Entourage... And I was amazed also, by the small finger print of the system, that saved me some useful space.

    CONCLUSION: The new attractions of Snow Leopard, are good, but not enough. The compatibility is the most important issue, especially for someone who works with a Mac. My opinion is that Snow Leopard, is great for new users, but could be bad for the older users who just want things work after Upgrade, without having much trouble with fixing things after.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Research and Test

    How do you know he isn't researching and testing? You have to install in order to test and see what works (anyone who's serious about such things isn't just going to trust some vendor when they say "it's compatibile"). And he's trying to find out what all the problems are.

    But that's right. It isn't Apple's fault for breaking Adobe products. And isn't Adobe's fault for their products to not work. It's the user's fault for making the mistake of trying the OS upgrade.

    Oh, and from something I just read on MacIntouch, if you do any graphic design work, stay away from Snow Leopard. Too many people saying it just completely screws up their document layouts due to changes in spacing of some fonts. That, my dear folks, is an Apple problem.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Price something 80% cheaper than the previous version, and more people buy it. I never would have guessed such an idea would have occurred.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree Testudo, this is Apple's marketplace, if they wanted to sell more of them, they should have charged more than the last upgrade, maybe $299 or so, and instead of the usual cardboard box, maybe a see through, glass container.

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