Apple’s Mac OS X Lion is an enhancement over Snow Leopard in a way that it’s providing some features that Snow Leopard is lacking. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s big of a deal, a personal opinion in earnest. Why? Although new features such as Airdrop and Versions and Auto Save and Multi-Touch Gestures and Resume are quite delicious, but I can only see Auto Save and Versions are useful — considering it’s a newer version of Apple’s Mac OS X.
What about Multi-Touch Gestures, you ask? Well, it’s fun to use and quite intuitive after getting to love it, but it’s not a must have feature since the old way of doing so with Snow Leopard wasn’t flawed! Resume is an awesome feature to have for Mac users who with newer Macs, but for users with older Macs I fear this feature might lag their machines, right? (I’m not sure, but come to think of it, Resume requires Mac to recall many applications!) Airdrop appears to be very useful, but it’s too simplistic to be a killer feature (i.e., it works only with local network).
Security enhancement such as Filevault 2, improvement over the older version of Filevault, is a welcoming thing. I’ve no quarreled here, but the whole point is that even with other included newer features that sum up in hundreds, the user experience of Mac OS X Lion isn’t so drastically different than Snow Leopard. I was wishing that Mac OS X Lion was somehow to be a major overhaul of Snow Leopard, but if you’re so familiar with Snow Leopard, you won’t have a problem of playing with Mac OS X Lion at all. Some people are definitely welcoming this very experience, because they don’t want to have to learn a whole new operating system. For me, it’s same old same old, and so I feel a little bit bored with Lion and disappointed with Apple.
Perhaps, I should not complain since the price is just right, but the Apple folks might knowingly knew that even they would feel brutal if they overcharge customers and loyal fans with what to be only a minor overhaul of the older operating system. Sure, some of you might want to point it out how cool it’s to have Mission Control and Launchpad, but I still feel Mac OS X Lion lacks in functionalities. Why? Think harder! Mission Control and Launchpad are more of eye-candy features than real purposes. To make my main point more precise, Mac OS X Lion lacks innovation, considering when one wants to compare it with Snow Leopard.
In summary, I like Mac OS X Lion, because it’s somewhat an enhancement over Snow Leopard. Unfortunately, I think it’s not a must have upgrade over Snow Leopard, because Snow Leopard runs just fine and still very awesome in its own right! Sometimes, this phrase is so true, if something isn’t broken, then don’t fix it — it seems Mac OS X Lion isn’t fixing Snow Leopard. This is fine with the phrase, but for me — it’s like, what the point of having Lion when Snow Leopard is just fine! Unless, Mac OS X Lion is something Snow Leopard will kowtow to whenever the two meet up!
Please note: This isn’t about me wanting to have some hate from other Mac users and fans, but it’s an earnest feeling of mine about Mac OS X Lion. Please also know this, I’m also a fan and a user of Apple and Apple’s product lines such as Mac.
Update: Forgot to mention, Mac OS X Lion feels sluggish when comparing it with Snow Leopard. Oh, and I did upgrade my Macbook Pro’s 4 GB of RAM to 8 GB of RAM, but in reality the RAM won’t make Mac OS X Lion goes faster than Snow Leopard. Perhaps, more RAM is to help Mac OS X Lion to handle more applications at once, but the overall speed of working with applications and starting the operating itself isn’t as fast as Snow Leopard, I think!