Apple: Yo, I Got Ya 'Wow' Right Here
That gold master copy of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard that appeared on the Torrent indices last Thursday morning–24 hours before the operating system’s official launch–didn’t have much of an effect on sales. In a press release broadcast this morning, Apple said it sold or delivered more than 2 million copies of Leopard in its first weekend at market.
An impressive number, and one that took Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger–once “Apple’s fastest selling OS release ever”–39 days to hit. Said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, “Early indications are that Leopard will be a huge hit with customers.”
Certainly appears that way. “These numbers show the Mac user base is growing,” Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a research note. “It also shows that it is an unusually active user base, with 9% of the approximately 23 million users upgrading in the first four days.” Clearly, Mac users are quite a bit more excited about Leopard than Windows users are about Vista.