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.