OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion hits 3 m downloads in 4 days.

“Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,”

Apple Senior VP Philip Schiller said in a statement.

From my brief two days of getting to know ML, I can already recommend it to any Mac user out there.

My brief thoughts on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Very brief really, as I’ve only updated yesterday:

– Fast update process, both on my mid-2011 27″ iMac (SSD), and an early-2011 13″ MacBook Air
– No problems updating
– It seems to be faster than Lion on both machines
– Stable so far, no crashes
– Virtual Box is not working, due to Gatekeeper/Sandboxing settings, which was my choice
– Messages, Reminders, Notes apps are great
– Software update now opens the MAS app
– I like most of the subtle changes
– Safari screams, and I like the unified search- and URL-bar
– iCloud works like a charm for me
– I don’t “share” much, but I like the option to do so in all apps
– Time Machine backups seem to be taking longer

Bottom line: A great 1.0 release from Apple. Worth every penny.

@parislemon on Apple’s vs. Amazon’s last quarter.

MG Siegler:

…$7 million. Amazon made $7 million dollars last quarter on sales of $12.83 billion. That’s insane. Let’s pretend the sales were $12.837 billion. Amazon kept the 7, everything else vanished.

and

…Apple’s “disappointing” quarter included $8.8 billion in profit. Or maybe I should write it this way: $8.800 billion — if that last zero was a seven and you removed everything before it, that would be Amazon’s profit.

Think about that for a second. Which one is the stock you would rather own?

About Samsung’s smartphone numbers… @jonrussell

Jon Russell for The Next Web:

The company didn’t break out exactly how many devices that it shipped between April and June, but analyst firm Strategy Analytics estimates that the Korean company sold 50.5 million units during the period.

See what he did there? Samsung didn’t say how many they shipped, but some “analysts” estimate they sold 50 million smartphones…right.

And Jon Russell again, in another article, posted two hours later:

Fresh from posting record earnings of $5.9 billion, mobile maker Samsung has grabbed another first after its global mobile market share reached a record 26 percent, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics.

The Korean company, which overtook Nokia at the top of the mobile pile in the last quarter, shipped an estimated 93 million devices (of which 50.5 million were smartphones) between April and June. That puts it ahead of the Finnish company’s own haul of 83.7 million, with Apple third on 26 million.

Again: Nobody knows if Samsung actually sold that many phones, because they don’t post this information.

That’s all you really need to know: Samsung does not report (smart)phone sales to customers. All those numbers are meaningless, because they’re estimates by “analysts” of “channel sales” – read: Sales to resellers.

Apple reports sales to customers.

Sandboxing is a good thing @marcoarment – a good thing!

Please read it again: Sandboxing is a good thing!

Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, and awesome Apple nerd (this is a compliment), argues that the Mac App Store is pretty much risking being relegated to the backbench by enforcing, among other things, sandboxing.

Let me explain, in simple terms, what sandboxing does:
Sandboxing enforces strict policies on what any given app in OS X can execute, access, and open. In a nutshell, of course.

Marco, to illustrate his point, uses examples of apps that are not allowed in the MAS, and apps that recently left it. Apps like Microsoft Office, VMWare Fusion, some stuff by Adobe, TextExpander, SuperDuper, and so on.

I take exception for two reasons:

1. There are alternatives to almost all of the apps Marco mentions, that use sandboxing. For example Apple’s own iWork suite. If Apple can do it, I’m sure Microsoft can get it done too. Sure there’s stuff like VMWare Fusion, that will need access to system resources not granted to MAS apps, so it will never be available on the MAS, but come on…apps like that are for a very small base of customers. Keep in mind: Through Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper implementation, it’s possible for apps like that to get a certificate by Apple, so even though they won’t be on the MAS, they are still “ok”.

2. Sandboxing protects the user simply by making sure that some, not all, malicious code in apps can’t screw them. Macs are generally safer to use than PC’s, but recent events have shown that they are vulnerable too.

I don’t think that 99% of users will care if they can’t get highly-specialized software on the MAS. They care about one-stop shopping of the apps they use mainly, like iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop (Essentials, which is more than enough for most people), and the iWork suite.

There’s always going to be niche cases, of course, but I think that’s a small prize to pay for security.