Am I the only one not impressed by 10.7?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by alphaone, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2003
    I'm not bashing here (I also can't tell if this hasn't been discussed before). I'm just honestly wondering if I'm missing something regarding 10.7. I've watched the video released today and read all the information, including the sticky thread in this forum. But this is the first time since OS X came out where my response for a new 10.X version has been overwhelmingly, "meh..." There aren't really any new features that have that cool factor or make me say, wow, that would be really useful. 10.6 didn't really have all that much in the way of new things but it was a step forward in speed and general usability.

    -Full screen apps? I don't really have a need for them to be full screen, I think even though they say it won't, I think it will hamper quick multi tasking if you use it.

    -New Apple mail design? I think I like the current one better.

    -Gestures? 10.6 already pretty much has that, although admittedly, 10.7's does look more refined. Also only really useful if you use a trackpad.

    -Mission control? Just another slight exposé redesign really it looks like.

    -Launch pad = super sized stacks just for applications? Not very useful...

    -Resume? Looks nice but not exactly a groundbreaking feature.

    -Air drop? Dropbox already does this just fine for me and you don't have to be on the same network and it's not Mac only.

    -Auto save? Really...? Auto save??? What year is it again?

    Again, just my opinion, and it's not like they're asking a ton of money for it. But, still I wonder, am I alone here?
  2. wangkom, Jun 6, 2011
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    macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2007
    I totally agree. I'm not sure why everyone is so worked up over our OS looking more and more like a phone operating system. Yeah, we get a few minor things here and there, but overall, it's a tiny upgrade.
  3. macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    No, I'm with you there. I think it's reasonably cool, but it certainly isn't as amazing as I was expecting.

    At least it doesn't look like windows 8.
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    I'm not terribly excited either. I'll wait until it's been released and people have actually had a chance to sit down and use it, but it's not looking like I'll be rushing out to get it immediately.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    Well isn't Lion also suppose to be Lion and Lion Server in one deal that was my major impression because for a cheap up grade for 30bucks for sever compared to 130 for snow that was really my only reason for upgrading.
  6. macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2010
    Chicago, Illinois
    Well, for starters - it is over four times less expensive. Also, I think Snow Leopard is a very refined operating system within itself, so I don't think you will find a major OS release that will be something truly revolutionary. I particularly found the little things that were added/fixed more important than the main features.

    For example, in Mission Control - I liked how you could just drag an app that has a whole lot of windows into its own space just so you can separate all the windows from everything else. Or I liked how you can use different little filters in Mail to pinpoint the exact message.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2003
    Hang on a sec. I realize it's been a while and I may be misremembering, but was not Snow Leopard also $29 retail?

    It's good to see that I'm not completely alone in though. A lot of people seemed really pumped up about it so naturally I wondered.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    Well when my mom upgrades her old laptop to a new MacbookAir sometime next month I guess ill be able to play around with Lion without having to purchase it.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    I'm actually looking forward to it, for the price there is a lot of features.
    It's not quite as groundbreaking as Windows 7(AKA Vista SP3).:rolleyes:
  10. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    While it might not have the richest feature set we might desire, at least the price is reflective of this. And seeing as I will be reaping the benefits of the new Mail, Versions, and Autosave daily, $30 is a steal.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2003
    You're right if you are going to be using those features a lot it's a good deal. I guess I had just gotten used to at least one groundbreaking new feature coming out with every new major release, such as Exposé. Honestly I don't know what I did before that feature. (10.6 was a performance release so I'm not counting that.) I'm also very leery of my computer starting to act similar to my phone (or iPad, if I had one), which appears to be the direction both Microsoft and Apple are going in. To me, computers and mobile devices like that should definitely stay separate. But that's a debate for another place.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    At this point it's almost like, how many more "revolutionary" features can they add? Sure there are always things to add and improve but it feels like desktop operating systems have reached a peak unless (or until) there's a radical new paradigm introduced -- if that's even necessary. Tablets and mobile devices are what's hot now. iOS devices aren't even going to need to hook up to a desktop computer anymore.

    Just look at the price. OS X has dropped from $129 to $29. That's cheaper than even a lot of relatively small apps.
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2003
    I definitely hear you there. I have a feeling that's generally what's happened here. But.. it's Apple here.. Masters of the magical! :) Surely they can think of something. I hope.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2005
    Yes, S.L. was also $29. There wasn't as much hype for Snow Leopard either.

    Yup, Apple was smart in keeping the price to the same as Snow Leopard. To be fair, I think Lion has more new features than S.L. So, $29. is a good price.

    With Snow Leopard and now Lion, I wonder if there's a trend for new Mac OS releases to be more modest and incremental, instead of the larger leaps forward we saw between Tiger and Leopard, for example?

    In any case, Apple software is falling behind Windows again as Win 8 looks pretty interesting. Mac OS really needs an overhaul, starting with a new file system like ZFS. Resolution Independence should also be on their to-do list, along with Blu-Ray support, USB 3.0 support and a revamped more universally consistant GUI. It's 2011, and Apple has now only added things like resizing windows from any edge, and full screen apps. That's not good enough.

    With $60 B in the bank, you'd think Apple could afford to be more progressive with their Mac OS features than they currently are.
  15. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    ZFS got canned due to licensing issues, but I think there was a rumor or two that Apple was writing their own (which is needed). But that'll take a while. Resolution Independence got abandoned in favor of their retina display support, which has poked its head in Lion. Blu-Ray will never happen for obvious reasons, and USB 3.0 support will come when it is included in intel's chipsets next year.

    Apple doesn't care about consistency like they used to; just look at the new Address Book and iCal, and custom app interfaces everywhere in iOS. Whether or not you like this approach is a matter of taste. Personally I find them a bit gaudy, but I don't care all that much.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2009
    They implemented the features that most people want.

    When does HFS Plus limit your day-to-day work? I really don’t see the problem with it.
    Resolution independence is still not needed for some years until we have better screens.
    We all know that Blueray is a "bag of hurt" and that digital downloading will triumph Blueray.

    Seriously, how does these things improve your daily work more than autosave, resume and mission control??
  17. macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2007
    New Orleans
    After watching the entire keynote, I was more impressed and hyped to get iOS 5 on my iPhone and iPad than I was to get Lion on my Mac.

    It's already no secret that I think they screwed up big time with Mission Control and messed up the great functionality in Spaces, but maybe with enough of the new smaller features, I might be willing to upgrade, especially at that price.

    iCloud may be worth upgrading for; I just have one question (for any devs who may be trying it out) - is it going to be possible to limit this "auto-sync" stuff? I don't like the idea of re-jailbreaking my iPhone, for instance, and to have absolutely every app I've ever purchased re-downloaded automatically (even the ones I've deleted because they weren't useful or whatever...)

    I'd give iOS 5 a 5 out of 5; Lion gets a 3 out of 5 after what I saw today.
  18. macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2010
    Chicago, Illinois
    I think you're all judging Lion too quickly. The video only showed 10 key features of the (apparently) over 250 new features added in. Even if it's not something big, I believe that little things can make a big difference in the long run.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    Where on earth did you pick up the idea that it would automatically re-download deleted apps. :confused:

    Also: Apple doesn't give a flying copulation about jailbreakers.
  20. GoKyu, Jun 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011

    macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2007
    New Orleans
    Steve seemed to imply when he talked about "setting up a brand new device" (or if you need to do a full restore) that "you type in your Apple ID and password, and everything gets downloaded to your device" (happens around 89:20 into the keynote.)

    Maybe I mistook what he said, that's absolutely possible, that's why I'm asking for clarification.

    The only reason I even brought up jailbreaking is that that's one time I might have to do a "full restore", which relates back to my question.

    I agree with you completely - there might be a lot of small features that I'd value enough to upgrade at such an affordable price, but I won't do it immediately. I'll find out what more of the smaller features are, and make a decision at that point.
  21. Tech198, Jun 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011

    macrumors 604

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    10.7 grumble

    No fret .... your not the only one who has the little tif about Lion.. I do to..

    Or at least I do for the part of WWC on apple I saw :p... Half way through the stream, safari froze (beach ball) had to "force quit".

    From what i've seen so far. Lion looks ok, might have to get used to IOS style on a Mac, but apart from that its looks good.

    All these "automatic" features that "make life easier" like Autosave is good, and Previous versions. But wait...... didn't I remember Windows 7 already has previous versions .....Its probably more basic on Windows, but its still there. I wonder why Apple couldn't have included something in comparison with Snow Leopard.

    While its all good with Auto save as well, there are situations you may not want to autosave... Previous versions would take you back from the applications window. But heres the thing : If a user already know even before you launch an app that you do want to start again from scratch. why would you have to open it, just to "tell it" I want to discard everything. This don't makes sense.

    I sure hope these auto things can be disabled, because how much space would they take up, and how for how long ... 1 year worth of documents.

    Its becoming like Gmail.

    Also, for $29.99 10.7 is cheaper than 10.6, by only $10.. I'm guessing the lack of the physical disc did that. But heres the downside i see, since its only available on the Mac App store, one must already have an OS (10.6 with App store app) already on to upgrade. Unless it can be burt to a disc it wouldn't be of any use BUT upgrades, as who would want to install an obsolete OS just to get 10.7 at the App store?

    As for a blank hard disk... I guess you'd be out of luck yes?

    If Apple charged $10 for the disc, same price then basically as 10.6 eg (about $39.) I would pay that.

    Mission Control looks good, but the Expose stuff yo can do that now on 10.6. Its only looks more enchanted with everything in one place.

    As i started before, i probably would of said more if Safari didn't hang.

    ANyone know why that would be ?
  22. macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2011
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    While there might not be any major new features I see Lion as being what Apple does best. Refining the User experience further and adding features that the general users find useful.
  23. Simplicated, Jun 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011

    macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    I think it'll be worthwile and will definitely get it for $29.

    As for the other "250" features not being noticeable, I disagree there. Merging folders in Finder is definitely noticeable, and an all too long time overdue. Encrypted Time Machine backups? Yes, please! Should also have been there from the start. A stolen non-encrypted 1 TB backup is not a happy thought. Versioning support so you don't lose overwritten data will change how I treat, and especially worry about, document storage.

    I also think you misunderstood Air Drop. That's there to simplify network sharing. It's not a cloud service. Compare to Windows 7's HomeGroups. Both features for easier local networking.

    Also, as for auto-save. I'm not sure what you meant with that comment, but not all apps support auto-saving, anyway. And then it's useful for the OS to do this. It's such a common thing the user wants.
  25. macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2007
    I used to use safari exclusively. That was until it started crashing. Now it has gotten so bad, I have switched to chrome. Chrome crashes (which are rare) at least re-open the closed tabs (in safari I have to hunt through my history to find the tabs I want to re-open).

    I'm beginning to think that Apple cares more about phones and stupid phone operating systems than their desktop OS and computer business.

    Look at all the problems with their computers (overheating, yellow screens, poor build quality).

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