A month has passed since the launch of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion; enough time for 10 percent of Mac users to adopt the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system.
Ad network Chitika reports that Mountain Lion has surpassed the adoption rate of previous Mac OS X versions.
OS X 10.7 Lion took the good part of a three-month period before it reached 14 percent adoption among Mac computers.
“Mountain Lion’s adoption rate is still on track to outperform its predecessor, OS X Lion, which took three months to reach 14% of total Mac OS X traffic. Mountain Lion has already surpassed the 10% mark after only a single month. It’s possible that Mountain Lion’s growth will stall slightly once the post-launch excitement dies down, but should its rate of growth continue, the new OS will exceed Lion’s mark within three weeks,” said Chitika in its blog post.
According to the report, the quick migration of Mac users to Mountain Lion could be because of favorable reviews and the company’s effort to push various options in distribution.
Moreover, the latest Apple OS offers download-only installation and costs under US$20 to purchase.
“Mountain Lion received widely positive reviews by critics upon release, namely for its vast array of new features which made it feel like a genuine upgrade,” Chitika added.
“On the other hand, Lion was criticized by many prominent bloggers for its lack of innovation and behaving too much like iOS.”
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion continually receives positive remarks from critics, particularly for improvements in iCloud synchronization, security updates, and social integration.
Chitika’s sampled a month’s worth of Mac OS X web traffic to arrive with its figures.
The sampling involved millions of desktop ad samples and OS X statistics for each week of August.
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion started strong last month after grabbing three percent of Mac computers in just two days – equivalent to three million downloads on its opening weekend.
However, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard still leads the Mac OS market with a 43 percent share.
Last month, Apple released OS X 10.8.1, the first update for Mountain Lion to fix performance and stability issues.
Source: Chitika Insights
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