Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday released the sales results for last weekend’s release of Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. The company said today that 100,000 copies of Mac OS X version 10.2 “Jaguar” were sold worldwide during its first weekend, setting a new record for Mac OS sales for a single weekend.
“Jaguar is our fastest out-of-the-gate OS release ever, and it’s looking like a home run,” said Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, in a statement today. “The reviews are off the charts, and customers are raving about Jaguar’s stability, speed, new features and Windows compatibility.”
Enthusiastic Macintosh users crowded Apple retail stores and independent reseller locations across the United States and Canada on Friday night to be one of the first with Jaguar. The large crowds lasted until the early morning hours in some Apple Store locations, where at close to midnight thousands of people were still in line to get into the store.
“The line since 9:00 pm has been 2000-3000 people long and it’s still holding at that level. The line here in Palo Alto is easily five times what we did on opening day,” said Allen Olivo, Apple’s senior director for retail, in an interview from the Palo Alto store on Friday.
Retail stores offered demos of Jaguar as well as T-shirts, a mouse pad and a chance to win a new iMac. Independent resellers such as The MacAuthority in Nashville, Tennessee offered customers additional incentives including a copy of Jaguar, dinner at the Rainforest Café, tickets to the Nashville Zoo, computer peripherals, Jaguar posters, t-shirts, coffee mugs and special US$10 discount coupons for use on immediate purchases of Jaguar.
One retailer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada went so far as to have a real Jaguar at their event on Saturday.