Apple OS X Lion Downloaded 1 Million Times in 24 Hours
While SaaS and IaaS are definitely burning up the market, it’s important to recognize the cloud has enormous potential as a content delivery model for even legacy software. That’s why it’s important to take note that Apple OS X Lion was downloaded from the Mac App Store more than 1 million times in a 24-hour period.
Now, my colleague Dave Courbanou, The VAR Guy’s resident Apple maven, has covered OS X Lion extensively in the past, so I won’t go into details about the operating system’s features. But it’s worth noting Apple took a major gamble in taking a product that’s traditionally been boxed — the operating system itself — and making it primarily only downloadable from the App Store cloud. Moreover, Apple offered it at a steep discount from its usual cost, at only $29.99 per download.
And now Apple is claiming in its official press release that OS X Lion is the quickest-adopted version of the software ever. Clearly, we’re going to start seeing a lot of imitators, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft Windows 8 is downloadable from Microsoft’s own cloud when the time comes.
It’s such a simple formula — low price + easy download = high sales — but there have always been concerns regarding whether users are ready for it when it comes to real high-level products. The fact that OS X Lion’s debut on the Mac App Store was so successful bodes well for Apple’s ability to meet demand when iCloud launches.
I hope ISVs get the message that yes, users are in fact ready to go boxless, and the cloud is increasingly ready for the challenge.