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Mountain Lion mauls through 3 million downloads in 4 days

The newest version of Apple's operating system is the company's 'most successful release ever'.

OS X Mountain Lion is the company's "most successful release ever" according to Apple, which boasts that the new version of its desktop software was downloaded a whopping three million times in the four days following its official launch.

Not just lion around, Apple's pride offers new features such as a dictation tool and a decent notification system that ditches pop-up clutter. The wallet-friendly £14 price tag will have helped tempt Mac owners who were feline curious about what Mountain Lion has to offer, boosting download figures.

We've stalked the new software through the Yukon, eventually pouncing and delivering a lethal full review, dragging a full five stars and an Editors' Choice award back to the den for you hungry cubs to feast upon.

The low price and baked-in social networking gubbins impressed us greatly, with only the loss of native RSS tools from Safari and Mail proving irksome. You can only get the new software from the Mac App Store, and it requires 8GB of free disk space on a 64-bit Intel-based Mac that's chugging along on OS X 10.6.7.

The download is a gazelle-downing 4.34GB, so make sure your broadband is up to the task, and if it's not then head to an Apple Store to use their free Wi-Fi.

With the new version of OS X out the way, anticipation is mountain regarding Apple's next products to get a makeover. The iPhone 5 -- tipped for a 12 September unveiling -- is reckoned to sport a taller display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, banishing annoying black bars when you're watching videos of smug goats pushing their friends around. Several reports have also tipped an autumn launch for an iPad mini.

Have you pounced upon Mountain Lion? How are you finding it? Snarl some opinion into the comments, or bat at our Facebook page using your five retractable claws.