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Apple’s latest OS, Lion, sells 1 million copies in its first day

by Kelly MacNeil on July 25, 2011

Apple's latest operating system, the Mac OS X Lion, was released on July 20, and in just one day sold more than 1 million copies. The company announced that the rate of sales is faster than any other operating system in its history.

That comes as no surprise given the scope of the operating system's improvements. Lion offers more than 250 new features including the possibility for full-screen apps and Mission Control, an innovative program which gives users a new way to view everything that's running on their computer. Needless to say, company officials are happy about the quick growth and generally positive reviews.

"Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Lion is a huge step forward, it's not only packed with innovative features but it's incredibly easy for users to update their Macs to the best OS we've ever made."

Consumer reviews seem to match with with Apple is saying. According to PC World, most are seeing very little problems when making the upgrade. However, as is the case with most new programs, there have been several hiccups. Most noticeably, Lion has given users trouble with Wi-Fi connections, trouble logging in and certain applications have run slowly. Additionally, the publication reports there have been several posts on forums about the problems.

"There are far too many idiotic design decisions, and a bunch of changes that were made just to say they made more changes, often at the detriment to features that were loved in previous versions," wrote one user.

Lion, which is available for download for just under $30, differs slightly from previous upgrades in that it can be purchased straight from the Mac store and doesn't involved ordering it online or purchasing a disc.

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