Apple Announces 1 Million OS X Lion Downloads on First Day

Apple issued a PR release a couple hours ago to broadcast yesterday’s OS X Lion debut resulted in over 1 million downloads on the first day, which, is pretty impressive. Given the fact it was available straight from the Mac App Store probably helped too, eh?

CUPERTINO, California—July 21, 2011—Apple® today announced that in just one day, over one million users bought and downloaded Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Available through the Mac® App Store™ for $29.99 (US), users are buying Lion faster than any other OS release in Apple’s history.

“Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion is a huge step forward, it’s not only packed with innovative features but it’s incredibly easy for users to update their Macs to the best OS we’ve ever made.”

Well said, Schiller. OS X Lion will be available from Apple Retail stores in August for $69 via a USB stick. However, you can easily make your own for free.

I installed Lion last night and it took a mere 12 minutes to install, after a lengthy download. So far, everything feels great but the reverse scrolling is going to take a while to get used to. When will Apple introduce TRIM support for non-Apple SSDs? For $30 bucks, this is well worth the upgrade.

Did you install Lion? How do you like it so far?