Mac OSX Lion and its Missing Stripes

Apple’s impending Mac OSX 10.7, aka The Lion, figuratively holds high the torch of expectations regarding upgrades, which includes promising vastly improved performance and features than preceding versions. Its fondly touted 250+ new features amongst which are notables such as Launchpad, a full-screen repository for applications with far more functionalities than the outgoing Applications folder, and Mission Control which combines the utilitarianism of features in Expose, Dashboard and Spaces in a full-screen view to give users a bird’s eye view and access to all running programs on their Macs are the expected Applesque implementations on new iterations. The fact that Microsoft is still apparently dragging its heels over the ‘nature’ and ‘readiness’ of Windows 8 is surely another open window for the Lion to eat even further into its bigger rival’s market share with a superior, cheaper offering than Windows 7. The Lion is perhaps the best reflection of Apple’s belief that desktop operating systems still have considerable mileage of relevance despite the advances of post-PC operating systems such as the iOS. But as is usually the case with upgrades or new products, trade-offs are inevitable, and the Lion is confident(or simply hoping) that users may not miss a few features and capabilities.

The rancor between Apple and Adobe over performance implications of the latter’s multimedia player program is no longer news. Adobe Flash is not bundled with Lion, and this should kick the optimists out of their reveries that Apple may somehow accommodate HTML 5 and Flash. Adobe would expectedly offer user-installed options for the millions (and growing) of Mac users, but Apple is unlikely to lift a support finger.

Apple probably believes that all Mac users own iDevices or migrate from their legacy Nokias and Motorolas to them with the upgrade to Lion. Well, those who are adamant over their third party legacy devices would have to think of ways to sync information. At the same time, natty developers thank Apple once again for another opportunity to create utility applications because iSync is out, and very glaringly so.

The folks at Cupertino strongly believe in the HFS+ file system, yet the geeks just won’t let up on the superiority of ZFS. So they will probably keep bleating in the hope of ‘coercing’ their wish into reality someday. But the irony is that the ordinary user probably does not know or care about ZFS and expect Apple to know better anyway; it usually does these days.

Even though Apple has introduced a much faster and versatile Thunderbolt data transfer option, there is still a hue and cry over USB 3.0. Apple is characteristically mum on this one, so future iterations of Mac hardware will reveal if it was a wise decision to ignore its support with Lion’s introduction.

With the Lion, it is 64-bit processing all the way. 32-bit CPU and Core Duo are officially ‘gated’ from Apple’s latest operating systems party. Time to trade-in is now, or better still, you might consider prepping up the older machines for auction sale in the future; who’s to say these things might not fetch a fortune as vintage Apple gear in the future.

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