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Apple pushes dodgy Lion stats

User adoption is just one metric, and in this case it's not the most important one.
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Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributor on

Here's a graphics that Apple used during today's iPhone event that caught my eye:

Image credit: Engadget

On the face of it, this graphic is correct ... user adoption of Mac OS X 'Lion' 10.7 was indeed much faster than that of Windows 7.

Cook claimed 'It took Windows 7 20 weeks to reach what it took Lion 2 weeks to get to in terms of install base,' and that Lion was downloaded 6 million times.

But that's where the 'correctness' of the graphic ends.

See, user adoption is just one metric, and in this case it's not the most important one, and I think Apple knows that. The metric that matters is users. Mac OS X might have been downloaded 6 million times, but Microsoft has sold over 400 million Windows 7 licenses.

Some other points to bear in mind:

  • Lion was available instantly via digital download
  • Lion upgrade was only $29
  • Most Windows 7 licenses were sold with new PCs

The fancy graphics ... they lie!!!

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