Conclusion: MacOS Lion is a big departure for Apple - albeit one with, in places, a bit of an ironically retro feel. While some new features are a genuine step forward for many users - and a smart move towards integrating standard desktop computers with portable touchscreen devices, there are other frills that may feel like a nuisance to seasoned Mac users. In the end, it's little things like one program doing a simplified version of another's task that makes Lion so powerful.
Conclusion: Lion, the eight version of the Mac OS X, is an excellent upgrade that may just change the way you use your Mac. It also incorporates some iOS-like features such as Launchpad and Âgesture driven controls which make it easier to interact with the Mac. Also, Mission Control makes it easy to manage any number of Âapplications that are running on the Mac. However, some features are still limited in some ways.
Pros: Easy to install; Mission Control and Launchpad makes navigation easy; many new handy features like Auto Save, Resume and full-screen mode; affordable.
Cons: Full-screen mode can only handle a single monitor; AirDrop works only with other Macs Ârunning Lion; AutoSave supports limited number of apps.
Excerpt: The Good Greatly improved multi-touch awareness. Mission Control better at sorting clutter than pure Expos�. Launchpad exposes apps to newcomers. More accessible but still capable Mail interface. Auto-save and resume. FaceTime and Mac App Store already loaded. Quick install process. Potential of iCloud. Low $30 upgrade price. Key improvements to FileVault, Safari, Time Machine. The Bad Launchpad slightly overwhelming and limited.
Pros: Greatly improved multi-touch awareness., Mission Control better at sorting clutter than pure Expos�., Launchpad exposes apps to newcomers., More accessible but still capable Mail interface., Auto-save and resume., FaceTime and Mac App Store already loaded., Quick install process., Potential of iCloud., Low $30 upgrade price., Key improvements to FileVault, Safari, Time Machine.
Cons: Launchpad slightly overwhelming and limited., Mail not as good at coping with large daily message counts., No straightforward way to make a Lion install disc or drive., Dodgy Address Book and iCal visual changes., No built-in Java; no Rosetta at all., May face a tough challenge from Windows 8, whenever it ships.
Excerpt: Apple has finally released its new and highly-anticipated desktop operating system, the OS X Lion. At £20.99, it’s as cheap as chips – Apple products are notoriously expensive – and has a myriad of new and improved features under its belt, as mentioned in T3’s run down of Apple OS X Lion features .
Pros: Mission Control is excellent, Great value for money, Easy to install
Cons: Some teething troubles, Questionable design decisions
Excerpt: Apple’s latest cat is out the bag and ready to roar. But should you upgrade and is it worth the cash? We’ve been living with the new OS since its first beta outing earlier in the year to find out. And now that the final version is out and ready to download we can give you the lowdown.
Pros: Cheap, full screen apps, new Mail
Cons: Mission Control, Launchpad, not all features work with all apps at the moment
Excerpt: In a decade, Mac OS X evolved from a curious hybrid of the classic Mac OS and the NextStep operating system to a mainstream computer operating system used by millions. It was a decade of continual refinement, capped by the bug-fixing, internals-tweaking release of Snow Leopard in 2009. But the last four years have seen some dramatic changes at Apple.
Pros: New features make OS X friendlier for newcomers, but can be turned off by veterans who don't want/need them
Cons: Too hard to organise apps, and reliance on downloaded installer app causes needless complications