Apple's OS X Mountain Lion release has surpassed three million downloads in just four days of availability.
The company on Monday said that the OS X 10.8 release had become the fastest selling operating system update in its history, smashing the previous mark held by OS X Lion.
"Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller.
The milestone comes less than one week after Apple announced the formal release date for the Mountain Lion update. Available as a $19.99 download for OS X Snow Leopard and Lion Systems, the Mountain Lion release has been available exclusively through the company's App Store retail service.
Just days after its release, researchers saw indications that Mountain Lion would be smashing sales records. Researchers with web metrics and advertising firm Chitika reported that two days after its release, Mountain Lion systems already possessed a three per cent share of the OS X market.
While Mountain Lion has seen rapid adoption, the platform is far from taking the majority of market share for the OS X platform. Researchers estimate that OS X Snow Leopard still comprises some 45 per cent of all Mac systems, while Lion claims a roughly 35 per cent share.
Along with improved streaming and social networking integration, Mountain Lion features improved security components and integration with Apple's iCloud service.
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