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3.2 per cent of Macs upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion

Mac users have been eager to upgrade to Mountain Lion. Since its debut on 25 July, the new OS has found its way to 3.2 per cent of all Macs, according to stats from mobile ad firm Chitika.

"With 3.2 percent of all Mac users upgrading to OS X Mountain Lion in the first 48 hours, Apple's latest operating system stands to do much better than its predecessor OS X Lion, which experienced only a 14 percent market share after 3 months on the market," Chitika said in a blog post.

The relatively low £13.99 price point and impressive upgrades probably helped drive Mountain Lion sales, Chitika speculated. Mac OS X Lion was sold for £20.99 last year. Those who purchased a new Mac on or after 11 June can get a free copy of Mountain Lion.

More than 45 per cent of Mac users are still using Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Chitika said. About 13.56 per cent are running Mac OS X 10.5, while 2.75 per cent are fighting the good fight on Mac OS X 10.4. Machines running 10.6.6 and up are eligible for the Mountain Lion upgrade.

"Those who skipped the upgrade to Lion, which had mixed reviews, may be more inclined to make the jump to Mountain Lion," Chitika said.

The revamped OS includes more than 200 new features, from iCloud integration to a new silent updating option known as Power Nap, as well as 1,700 new APIs. On the iCloud front, Mountain Lion will make it easier for users to sync documents between Macs and iOS devices.

Also, Apple's popular iMessage service has displaced the venerable iChat on Mountain Lion. The result is a cross-platform service that lets users on Macs, iPhones, and iPads chat with each other.