Mountain Lion becomes most successful OS X release in history

Apple’s new OS is downloaded more than three million times in four days. No wonder those servers were looking a bit creaky

Remember the days when a new OS would cost you a three-figure sum? If not, you may be surprised to hear that Apple’s £14 OS X Mountain Lion has put in the sort of sales sprint that would get it sent straight to the drug testing lab if selling operating systems was an Olympic sport.

The ninth version – 10.8 to its friends – of Apple’s OS was downloaded over three million times in four days, smashing previous records and earning Mountain Lion the accolade of “the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history.” It also (understandably) wreaked havoc with Apple’s servers on the day of launch.

The new OS brings iOS-like (or should we say Android-like?) notifications to Apple’s desktop platform, plus deeper sharing options, unified messaging and AirPlay Mirroring. We’ll be bringing you a full review to tell you whether three million people can be wrong very shortly. Meanwhile, check out everything you need to know about OS X Mountain Lion.

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