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Apple’s latest operating system was released to the public last Wednesday and has already set a new sales record. Cupertino published a statement today pointing out that downloads for Mountain Lion have exceeded three million in just four days, making it the most successful OS X release ever.
GigaOm highlights the fact that there were some early clues pointing to Mountain Lion’s potential success. Advertising research firm Chitika Insights released data that showed the new operating system was running on 3.2 percent of all Macs just two days after it was released.
Mountain Lion follows in the success of Lion, a product that reached a million downloads in the first day of availability around the same time last year. That release came with a price tag of $29.99 through the Mac App Store but Mountain Lion is significantly cheaper at just $19.99 for compatible systems with an existing copy of Snow Leopard or Lion.
If you aren’t already familiar, the ninth revision of OS X ships with more than 200 new features including a Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and the Messages app. iCloud integration makes it easier than ever to set up Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Contacts. The cloud storage and sync system allows you to keep documents from iWork updated across all of your devices.
Apple is also planning to integrate Facebook into Mountain Lion although that feature isn’t quite ready yet. We are told that it will be available in an upcoming software update, however.
The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is equipped with a third generation Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 8GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, 256GB of flash storage, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and a built-in FaceTime HD camera. It sports a SDXC card reader, HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, MagSafe 2 power connector and a dual Thunderbolt ports.
The MacBook Air sports a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor that Turbo Boosts up to 2.8GHz, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM, 128GB of flash storage and integrated Intel graphics. It is still extremely thin and lightweight at only 0.68-inches at the thickest part and 2.96 pounds. The MacBook Air carries a 13.3-inch diagonal LED backlit display, operating at 1440 x 900 with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
The 13-inch MacBook Air models get a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2637M processor, 4GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of flash storage for $1,299 or $1,599, respectively. Configure to order options include a 1.8 GHz Core i7-2677M processor and additional flash storage, but unfortunately no discrete graphics, only the built-in HD 3000 from Intel.
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