The five best things about Apple’s OS X Lion

“If all goes according to rumored plan, OS X Lion should hit stores by July 14 alongside new hardware to run the new OS,” John Biggs reports for CrunchGear. “I’ve played with the Gold Master over the weekend and I’m pleased to report it is stable and a unique version of OS X, more complete than other, iterative updates like Snow Leopard.”

The five best things about Apple’s OS X Lion:
1. All My Files View
2. Launchpad
3. AirDrop
4. Mission Control
5. The New Mail

Runner Up… Diskless Install!

Full article here.

84 Comments

  1. This is all topical stuff… not really that impressed with stuff that could really be a bolt on add.

    Not saying that they aren’t useful or cool, but show me some real technological advances. To me Lion is an iOS counterpart to make iOS more viable.

      1. … Snow Leopard should not be thought of as an “iterative update”. Lots of stuff added and updated, even more stuff removed. And yet, it very much resembled Leopard. As designed.

    1. Real technological advances are there but like most technology, its in the underlying code. Look at all the new API’s for iCloud integration and versions. Understand the changes made to allow the simplest instal process ever found on a computer. Discover that 100% of the code in every area of the OS has finally been rewritten and compiled for 64 bit. Add in all of the “topical stuff”/”eye candy”, then look at the price tag.

      Technology.

    1. I SERIOUSLY don’t get why they don’t offer a usb drive/sd card install disk.

      it was MONTHS before I got xcode 4 installed because of this kind of crap.

      I love apple, and it would take allot more then this to make me use anything other then macs, but it has severely shaken that love

      1. There were a lot of grumblings about losing the disk drive too… We must press on and change with the times, even if it seems a little premature. It makes us better in the end 😉

      1. You first have to have a sufficiently stable internet connection, with enough bandwidth get the download through in a reasonable period of time. 15-20 hours on a shaky connection doesn’t cut it.

    2. There is going to be an outcry for a bootable DISK version. I predict.

      Having a bootable disk provides a lot of benefits, if only the ability to repair your boot volume via Disk Utility, a crucial requirement. I can see myself having to do a lot of explaining of how to install and use AppleJack or simply run fsck. For newbies, doing CLI stuff is WAY over their heads. Not good at all.

      1. I have never had to do any of that on any OS X Mac I’ve ever had. That’s Apple’s point – OS X doesn’t require all of those extra fixes, and one of the goals of OS X.

    3. It’s a mixed blessing, but mostly good.

      Don’t forget that you can make an install DVD from the downloaded installer. If you’ve got more than one system, you only need to download once.

      And there are alternatives to dial-up, even if it’s all you’ve got at home.

      1. Huh @dab2?!

        “1- Really? (Update your software)”
        No, there are a lot of programs that dead ended at PPC. Also, there are a lot of investments in PPC only software that would require a lot of money to upgrade. Not so simple.

        “2- Unhide it. (It’s easy)”
        Not for any newbie who has no comprehension of a CLI. Not so simple.

        “3- Make one. (This too is easy)”
        What, YOU know how to make a BOOTABLE DVD for Mac OS X. The one single project to create, via a nasty set of obscure steps, is DEAD. They gave up. You are entirely WRONG in your assertion. Please think before you type.

        Merely having a backup disk of the installation files does NOT provide a method of reinstalling the OS if your boot volume is DOA. You’d have to boot from another volume first, which sadly is also beyond the comprehension of newbies.

        IOW: Apple has NOT made a ‘user-friendly’ move by killing off bootable installation disks. This is going to be UGLY.

        1. Quite easy to make an install disk. Remember! Google is your friend! A friend that will steal your wife, rape your daughter, and kill your dog.

        2. Then don’t upgrade to Lion, or keep a Snow Leopard workstation for those apps which need Rosetta. Eventually you have to let go of old software, or don’t upgrade, or move to Windows if you want forever legacy support.

        3. 1- I too have invested extensively in software over the years and upgrade or found alternative solutions multiple times. I morn the lost of my old Pagemaker 7 to this day but somehow I have survive. Whether it was the jump from 68xxx to PPC, the move from Mac OS to OS X or the transition from PPC to Intel we have had to adapt.

          2- This is where you are just wrong. If you can click on an icon to start a program the copy and paste a single line command and press the return button, then you can unhide you library.

          3- This one I give to you. You are right, at this time the process of creating a bootable DVD is more challenging but I believe a simpler solution will present itself soon. Probably in the form of a simple utility. Until such a time, this wil be a challenge.

          On the other hand, no new Apple computers have been introduced with Lion installed and we don’t know if they plan to include a thumb drive or not. I suspect that they will and that only older hardware will have this problem but at least we will have our older disks that will help us in the case of an emergency.

          BTW- how often have you actually had to use the disks that came with your computer?

      2. @ dab2:

        You might consider providing the steps necessary for #2 and #3 rather than tossing them off as “easy.”

        I coughed up the CLI command for showing the Library; how about you provide details on creating an install DVD (or provide a link at least).

        Thanks!

        1. Because it’s been posted 8 million times in every damn lion complaint article…

          Google: make lion boot disk
          Boom! Done.

          But typing out complaints about no lion disk instructions is easier and takes more time.

        2. Ok this has been explained before elsewhere about the ~/Library. How often do you need to go into your Library folder anyway?
          There is an easier solution. When you’re in Finder, click on the Go menu while holding down Option. Walla! There is the simple access to your Library!

    1. Dittos on No Rosetta. Gotta have it. This is the first upgrade to OS X that for me would have more drawbacks than benefits. I know at some point I will have to make the switch but it won’t be quickly. Bummer because I like the benefits I see in Lion.

      1. I got an email from Quicken saying that my version of Quicken won’t work with Lion. I’d like to upgrade, but the current version of Quicken for Mac is horrible. So while the suggestion to update your software is a good suggestion in most cases, there really are situations where upgrading software just doesn’t work. Kind of a bummer.

        1. Rosetta was a project owned by BOTH Transitive AND Apple. Apple have full rights to it forever. That is NOT the problem.

          A more likely possibility is that it was not included because it is OOD (out of date) within the new OS, and no one has been allocated to update it.

          IF we are lucky, it can merely be installed from a Snow Leopard installation DVD. But I doubt it. We shall see. This is going to be a BIG issue.

        2. Lion is 64 bit, Rosetta’s not. Plus, you’re asking Apple to support old processor emulation technology for apps which are not being further developed. That makes no financial sense for Apple.

          1. The New Compressor for iMovie Pro is 32- bit, so that dog won’t hunt. Nowhere have I read that 32-bit code will be unsupported and Compressor confirms it.

      1. @ Ansel:
        1: you haven’t a clue what we use, so don’t judge
        2: we care when Apple makes regressive decisions. it’s principle, not technical difficulty.
        3: we’re never going to the raincloud

        progressiveagentprovocateur’s points are valid for a lot of folks.

        1. getting rid of legacy code is NOT regression, it is by definition progression. You have to be able to get rid of old code in order to move forward with a stream lined system.

          If you have a lot of apps that the DEVELOPERS no longer continue to support, then you’re stuck on the older OS.

          If you only have a couple, create a virtual machine and run them under an older system.

    2. #4 – no more “save as” and other mistakes in Preview

      #4.1 – Can’t clip and save a single PDF page in Preview and email it – seems like receivers always get the entire document

      #5 – Mail won’t delete messages for good – they keep coming back to haunt you if a new message in that thread arrives.

      And yes, there are more coming…

  2. Such angst when Apple dropped the floppy drive. We lost all our old programs. Change is inevitable. Forget Rosetta and move on, or don’t. You might find an old Apple ii to run your old floppies.

    1. Great Point …… CDs and DVDs are dead, who wants to look thru all those files …….

      My Partner backs or did backup our photo file monthly to CDs and at the time I thought what a waste, and it was ….. Our Macs never lost those photos and then came Time Machine ….. And now iCloud …. Throw the CDs and DVDs away ….

  3. I think Launchpad is the most useless feature. I hate the way I have to organize icons on my iPhone and iPad…why do I need it on my Mac too? The easiest way to launch apps for me is Spotlight.

    1. Then use Spotlight. No one will stop you from launching that way, or any way you did before. It’s not that hard. The biggest thing is this will bring people to the platform who use the iPhone/iPad. it’s the same launching system the switchers are used to, so it works for them.

    2. Count me as another one who doesn’t like the idea of Launchpad. For one, why would I want my background picture cluttered with icons?

      And I’m also not keen on the idea of Apple installing apps I buy from the app store. I’d rather download the dmg file, save it, and install it myself.

      I really hope there is a way to turn it off.

      And if you ask me, Apple is starting to add bloatware to OSX. I wish they’d just streamline it, make it snappier, more robust, and more safe.

  4. I personally love how Apple drop support for aging technology, they’re the only company that has the balls to do it, because they know that they have the new technology and the worlds can only progress if you are prepared to drop old protocols.

    I seem to remember the same brou-ha-ha when they dropped SCSI, the 3.5″ floppy, ADB etc. etc.

    (thankfully Apple never implemented the Parallel Port!)

  5. The thing about Rosetta is that individual developers are sometimes a little slow to offer updates- requiring Rosetta.
    For instance, Fluenz Language SW rubs on Lion, but the installer for level packs is PPC. There are other apps that may not be upgraded for months that certain individuals might need today.
    The abrupt dropping of Rosetta is what drives some IT people crazy. Apple could be a little less closed mouthed about stuff like this.

    1. Abrupt dropping of Rosetta? Apple said when Rosetta was implemented that it was a temporary bridge. Developers should have started moving away from PPC code then. If you need Rosetta, then don’t upgrade to Lion until your apps are ready for it.

    2. Rosetta appeared in Tiger. It installed by default in Leopard. When Snow Leopard came about, it was no longer a default installation (you had to download it from Apple if you needed it). This should have been a clue (actually, a bulding-size sign) that Rosetta was going away soon. And today, six years after the Intel transition begun, Apple is finally pulling the plug.

      And even with the plug-pulling, Apple has announced that for the (likely very negligible number of) people who still need that Rosetta, they will be able to create a virtual machine with Snow Leopard and run Rosetta inside a virtual emulation session (something like Parallels, or VMWare Fusion).

      I can’t possibly image how much smoother could have Rosetta been decommissioned.

  6. Diskless install is not a great new feature. Most of my clients will not be upgrading to Lion because of this “feature”. This last week I spent a lot of time testing Internet connection speeds for my clients. On average it will take six hours to download Lion assuming zero connection time outs. Unfortunately, this is not a realistic assumption with Qwest (Centurylink).

    I don’t have a single Verizon client who is willing to use up his or her entire monthly bandwidth to download Lion. So there is another group who will not be upgrading to Lion.

    The local Apple store want clients to bring in their Macs and download Lion at the Apple Store. This may work for laptop users but I have a lot of clients with iMacs. They have already told me they are not hauling in their 27 inch iMacs just to download Lion.

    Can you imagine the congestion at the Apple stores with people standing around waiting for their laptops to download Lion? I fell for the Pple employees who are trying to maintain an orderly store so they can help customers.

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