Personal Thought – Don’t upgrade to Lion
As a developer I had to upgrade to Lion right when it was released so I could test my Software on it. I’m sure there are lots of people who have not upgraded yet and besides all the technical reviews you can get on arstechnicaand other blogs I would like to give you my personal impression on Lion.
My first impression is: Lion is a step backward. And after having used it for weeks now my impression lasts. There are several issues that are really annoying:
Lion will delete your Windows partition. I did not know this and the installer does not warn you. Installing Lion will create a recovery partition and this recovery partition takes it space from the windows partition (if there is any). So your Windows partition will be totally destroyed. If you have Windows installed your really should make a backup or even better: don’t install Lion.
Rosetta is gone. Lion no longer supports Classic (Mac OS 9) applications. You might think: who cares – and so thought I until is noticed that several of my App no longer work on Lion. Especially lots of old games are still classic and don’t work anymore (that includes: Civilization, Sim City and several shareware games)
Gestures suck. Right Lion comes with lots of gestures but I bet you can’t remember them. Scrolling with two fingers is intuitive but the 4-5 finger gestures are not and I don’t find dragging windows with three fingers useful
Auto open is just stupid. Lion will automatically open all Apps and windows you had open whenever your restart your Mac or when your Mac crashes. The same goes with all Apple Applications like Pages that will automatically open your last used documents. Therefore starting takes much longer and whenever you want to write a letter you first have to close the invoice you typed 2 weeks ago. This is very annoying. To be fair this feature can be disabled in the General Preferences.
Versions. All Apple Apps in Lion now automatically save so you don’t have to take care for it. And you can browse all saved versions like in Time Machine. I actually have not made use of this feature but when you are writing your Master Thesis this might be a good safety net. Lion also locks all documents older than 14 days which is annoying again because I know what I do and don’t need an alert whenever I change an older file.
Too much AppStore. I see that a lot of people find the AppStore very handy and convenient. But I really hate it. You cannot search it conveniently (no filter), you cannot open tabs, there are no short descriptions of Apps (only icons) and obviously independend Apps that are not feature picked by Apple have no chance to get any attention because updates won’t bring your App up in the rankings. This also has the effect that Apps now are not updated as often as before because Apple does not honor this. After all this leads to a decrease in software quality and diversity. Plus there are no demos allowed (why not 60 minutes demos of all Apps??!!) so often you don’t know what you are buying.
Technically. Lion does not bring huge technological improvements. Security is now better and it’s not all 64 bit but you probably won’t notice. But still there is no Open GL 4, no official BluRay support, no NTFS or ZFS support and Bootcamp is still the same.
Resumé. I think it is a mistake to bring iOS and Mac OS together. A desktop computer is for working and an iPhone is for gaming. This does not fit and if Apple makes Mac OS more iOS like this will draw away professional users and developers to Windows. I fear that in some years Mac OS will be not more than an entertainment system just like iOS or the Playstation.
Listen up Microsoft: make Windows 8 just a bit more user friendly and you could win back a lot of developers and pros…