NPD: Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard launch its best ever

The launch of Apple Inc’s latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, was its best ever, NPD Group said on Monday.

“When comparing the first full month of sales of Apple Mac OS 10.5 ‘Leopard’ (November 2007) to the first full month of sales for Mac OS 10.4 ‘Tiger’ (May 2005), dollar volume for Leopard was up 32.8 percent and unit volume up 20.5 percent, NPD Group Inc said in a statement,” Duncan Martell reports for Reuters.

“The new version of Apple’s OS X software costs $129 for a single user and $199 for a ‘family pack’ that can be installed on as many as five computers in a single household,” Martell reports.

“Leopard is the sixth version in as many years, a fact the Cupertino, California-based concern is quick to contrast with Microsoft Corp, which went more than five years between new versions of its Windows operating system,” Martell reports.

Full article here.


  1. @Jimbo

    More likely they’ll whine about how buggy Leopard’s launch was compared to Tiger, even though when Tiger launched I remember hearing all about how it was so incredibly buggy, Apple had let them down, blah blah blah.

  2. These numbers are one thing… but the quality of the product is another… Leopard has had more bugs than I can remember an update has ever had… and some pretty non-Apple interface changes to boot!

  3. wellll…. this is the buggiest ever. Installed all the upgrades on about 20 machines over the past 7 years: from the first OSX 10.1 ( I forget the name… ) thru leopard. This is definitly the buggiest. Obviously, 100X better then ANY windows upgrade, ever. But relatively poor for Apple’s standards. They could have waited another month or 2 to clean it up. When your stuff works that good, the expectations are perhaps unreasonably high. But they should have known that.

  4. Msft: 1 release every 6 years at $330 (Ultimate Premium) = $330

    Apple: 1 release every 12 – 18 months at $129 = $620.

    Assume every other skipped it comes out to $360.
    (6 x 12 = 72 / 15 months average = 4.8 – 2 skipped = 2.8 x 129 = $360)

    Mac users wind up paying just as much (or more) for our choice of operating system. In general terms, Apple makes more off box sales of the OS, per sale, than Microsoft.

    Of course this is a comparison of off the shelf sales price and makes no consideration for the hardware which, in general, Mac users do not have to replace everytime we upgrade the OS.

  5. That’s ridiculous.

    If you just didn’t buy any of Apple’s in-between upgrades and bought the most recent OS X whenever Microsoft came out with a new version of Windows, voila! You’re spending $129 for your Mac “choice of operating system” in comparison with Windows.

  6. Bill H. “
    Mac users wind up paying just as much (or more) for our choice of operating system. In general terms, Apple makes more off box sales of the OS, per sale, than Microsoft.”

    My time is worth much more than messing around with Window’s problems. “Cancel or Allow”. How much does it cost per year to be free of viruses in Windows?

  7. @Bill H.

    Yes, you may pay more but you’ve also had the opportunity to be using the new capabilities earlier. Or you could’ve waited six years and paid just $129 (assuming your hardware still supports it). Or you could’ve waited six years and paid nothing extra by just buying a new Mac.

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