Still running OS X Lion? Why? You should upgrade to OS X Mavericks

“It’s fairly common for computer users to delay updating to major operating system releases, and though Mac owners tend to be a bit better at upgrading than Windows users, many are still running old versions of OS X,” OS X Daily writes.

“For some users there are good reasons for this, maybe lingering on outdated OS X versions like Snow Leopard because of compatibility issues with a specific app, or because they just really like it,” OS X Daily writes. “But then there are other users who have already made the leap beyond Snow Leopard, and are sitting on OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion, procrastinating and putting off the OS X Mavericks update for no good reason.”

“Let’s just say it; OS X Lion was a mess of an operating system. Between the crashes, the crazy unpredictable auto-saving behavior, the aggressive file locking and forced file duplication, and the removal of simple yet core functionality and features like Save As, many Lion users were annoyed to say the least,” OS X Daily writes. “The good news? All of those issues were mostly fixed with OS X Mountain Lion, and has been reiterated on further with OS X Mavericks. Things are better now, so if the holdup has been fear of making things worse, it’s unfounded.”

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60 Comments

    1. this is one of the biggest issue I have with mavericks. It was meant to have better support yet I have to start up the Forklift app every time I need to connect to a windows pc as mavericks is incapable of connecting with finder. If, on the very odd occasion it does connect, it can’t be disconnected. Hopefully the .2 update fixes this

    2. I have been having smb issues myself since upgrading to Mavericks. I’ve been having trouble with Macs talking with Macs on the network. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t I have a hard time (often restarting) getting the file sharing working properly again. Once all the Macs are talking again then they are fine until I have to shut them down over the weekend (company policy). It’s made me hate Mondays. This was never a problem before Mavericks. We have 6 Macs at work by the way.

  1. Why sure I’ll upgrade, if you can tell me how to do that with a 2007 vintage 3Ghz 8 processor Mac Pro stuck at Lion.

    I only recently and regretfully upgraded from Snow Leopard. By the way the box that this Mac Pro came in proudly touted “64 BIT READY!” but really was some kind of 32/64 bit hybrid not good enough for Mountain Lion or today’s prime time OS. Bummer.

    1. Happily running a 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 with 10.9 Mavericks. The performance of 10.9 compared to 10.7 is astounding. 10.9 just feels so much nicer even for old hardware. Such a damn shame Apple cut off support at 10.7 when 10.8/10.9 feel like the refinement that 10.6 was compared to 10.5. If you’re feeling techie and you’ve got a spare hard disk and a decent video card upgrade, it’s very possible with a little reading and some effort. Just look up http://www.jabbawok.net for tutorial and downloads. Only downside is you also need a copy of Mavericks from the Mac App Store using a supported Mac or there’s always torrents.

  2. That is bs I have been running lion 10.7.5 on my mac pro and it never crashes, never force locks files and never behaves erratically. What a bunch of crap. Must be a slow news day.
    Also and like peter above show me how to update my mac pro 2,1 2007 8 core and I would lol.

    1. The main thing I remember over the years is the bitching. Windows, Mac, even going back to the pharaonic mainframe days. Nothing but complaining. You’d think some of these people had never been weaned. When I encounter a man who’s endured all that with a shrug and a smile, I want to buy him a drink.

  3. Quote –
    “Let’s just say it; OS X Lion was a mess of an operating system. Between the crashes…….”

    So what’s different with Mavericks? I see no difference here, although I jumped from Snow Leopard to Mavericks, it seems almost as big a mess. To me, Snow Leopard was one of the most stable and best OS X’s, no crashes or glitches.

    Seems nearly all Apple software these days is half baked and less intuitive, more like MS dross.

    1. I agree, I was very happy with Snow Leopard, I have a 2008 Imac and it was fast and smooth until I upgraded to Mavericks, now my Mac is slow and nowhere near as smooth. I also had huge problems with emails that was really annoying. Best upgrade the Snow Leopard and stick there for now.

    1. Amen brother. It took me a while to figure it out and use it myself, and I’m good. Apple seems to have gone backwards with Calendar. It’s much less intuitive and would be a challenge to a new user. Apple needs to refocus and get back to making their software powerful, but easy and intuitive to use. Wasn’t that the one main thing that set Apple apart from the others? I don’t want to see Apple adapt the ways Microsoft has always done things, but from what I’m seeing, they’ve picked up some bad habits and I can’t figure out why.

      I see things that never would have gotten past Steve Jobs. We need someone who thought like Steve to implement his philosophy and insight into such things. I’m not convinced yet that Ives is that person. It’s not too bad yet, but I do see bad things creeping into the Apple ecosystem. I wonder if they’re even aware of this.

      Hubris and arrogance have led to the downfall of some pretty big players. Like IBM, Microsoft, Dell, and RIM to name a few. To not study your history, leads to repeating histories mistakes. Are you studying your history Mr Cook? I sure the hell hope so.

      1. Some features in Calendar appear to be no longer present. UNTIL you discover them. Only a click away, but an unexpected click without any clues. I guess the Mac way of clicking is evolving in general. 3 of 4 functionalities packed into one click. Even the time you hold the mouse depressed seems to count now (example: tab bar items in Safari: how often have I found myself in tab editing mode, while the intention was to have the tab menu drop down).

    2. Yes, I will second that. Calendar sucks. And as to the “less intuitive” comment, that seems to be true also. Change just for the sake of change is not progress. And I have been using Macs for decades. So I have a pretty good feel for the software by now.

  4. 10.7.5 is as stable and clean as I need: no crashes.

    Yup, I may move to 10.9 once the next point update or two is done, but it will be because it comes installed on a new MBPro.

    People say “upgrading is easy”. It is true for the OS itself.

    But getting 4-5 dozen utilities, applications, suites, accessories and other crap updated and logged along with all the new licenses is what really takes the time. It is never less than 2 long days work to do this.

    In addition I have to make sure that after each significant install of a 3rd party item, I do a clone so I can revert when the inevitable happens and something goes poof. Something always winds up being incompatible or doesn’t run for some stupid reason and takes a workaround or competing substitute product.

  5. Still running Lion on my trusty early 2007 Mac Pro. I have upgraded the graphics card so it is capable of running Mountain Lion or Mavericks, but I am hesitant to mess with Terminal to make the changes necessary.

  6. Let’s just say it; OS X Lion was a mess of an operating system…

    …To put it mildly! I literally HATE 10.7.5 Lion. Shame on Apple for letting 10.7 stop dead at 10.7.5. Not acceptable. I still rant at Apple about it at every opportunity, but of course I’m wasting my time venting.

    SADLY, 10.7.5 is the last version of OS X my good old reliable MacBook from 2006/11 can run. I also have beloved 10.6.8 Snow Leopard on the machine, but I still require several 10.7.5 features when I’m on the machine.

    …That is, until I get my new MacBook Pro later this year. Then it will be ‘good riddance horror 10.7.5 Lion’.

    BTW: Hopefully 10.9.2 will his the streets in the very near future. It is a SUBSTANTIAL improvement over the messes in 10.9.0 and 10.9.1. A lot of we beta testers made damned sure Apple didn’t rest on 10.9.1.

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