New Operating System

Discussion in 'OS X' started by karboN.6, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    Does anyone know what the new operating system is and when it is supposed to come out? I was wondering whether or not to buy Mountain Lion because I have Snow Leopard right now.
  2. r0k
    macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    OSX is not terribly expensive. I wouldn't worry about upgrading only to have a new version come out in a few months at the prices Apple is charging these days. If you don't need a particular feature of ML (the ability to manage shared photostreams from iPhoto on your Mac and not just from your iThings for example), I suggest you wait until there is a compelling reason to upgrade.

    One possible reason to consider upgrading is security updates. While MS releases security updates for their OS for decade(s), Apple tends to drop support for any OS that is two versions old or older. SL is two versions old and I'm not sure it's getting any updates.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    Im just worried because i see everyone going back to snow leopard from lion.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2009
    Your seeing the few people that have trouble and/or don't like the changes that Apple has done. The majority of Mac users are very happy with Mountain Lion or you would be seeing a LOT more "switching back" posts.

    Mountain Lion is a very nice upgrade to Snow Leopard provided you don't need Rosetta and have at least 4GB of RAM (a SSD helps too).
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2011
    It's called osx tabby cat and will be due out on the 30th of February. :)

    Glad I could help
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2006
    (Metamorphosing near) Staffs, 51st State.
    For all those with new Macs who miss Rosetta support, I imagine many more would switch back if only it was so cut & dry to get hold of a legit copy of Snow Leopard & simply install an older version of OS X on a new Mac. Unfortunately, for some people at least, it isn't that simple.
  7. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    the question you need to ask yourself is if there is anything that you want or need Mountain Lion for. And with the loss of Rosetta is there any software you'd have to stop using or find replacements for.

    If we go by when Lion and Mountain Lion were released, it's possible we could see the next OS X version in July. But it could be after that as well.

    And rememebr APple has dropped OS updates to $20 US.
  8. macrumors 601

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    That's my birthday! If it brings back Spaces, I'm in!
  9. WSR
    macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    Agreed, but I would also need better multi-monitor support with Full-Screen mode, and more control over ML's features.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2011
    C'mon were talking about a 19$ OS, I say why not?
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Still need Rosetta in Lion or Mountain Lion?

    Install Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) into Parallels
  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
    No information on OS X 10.9 has been released, but many people expect it to follow the same trend as 10.8, with an announcement later this month and a public release in July.

    Personally I love Mountain Lion, and recommend it to all users with iOS devices due to iCloud syncing. If you use Calendar (formerly iCal), Notes, Contacts or Reminders, than you will find this feature to be extremely useful since all changes will be updated across your devices.

    The new gestures that were introduced in 10.7 and 10.8 are also a great addition.

    I purchased the latest MacBook Pro last year, so I can't judge how much smoother Mountain Lion is compared to Snow Leopard on an older device, but from what I hear it's almost identical in terms of performance.

    You could wait until 10.9, but you should take into account that new releases can often be buggy, meaning you should wait a couple months for things to be ironed out before installing. So having said all that, at $20 I would just download Mountain Lion.
  13. macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2011
    Milky Way Galaxy
    Do you work for Apple?
  14. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Not everyone - I love ML, and even Lion wasn't bad. True Snow Leopard was a great OS, but not initially, that too had issues early on. With Mountain Lion Apple produced a solid stable OS with lots of good features.

    I believe they moved to an annual incremental release and if that's the case we may see 10.9 being announced in the next month or two with an estimated summer release. I have no inside information, just guessing.
  15. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I was sure it was going to be called SaberTooth.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2012
    I can't wait for the preview. 10.8 is amazing compared to other operating systems.
  17. macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Mountain Lion is much better than Lion, but Lion was not that bad. There are some people who just don't like change. People who are not happy are more likely to post a negative comment, that people who are happy on a forum like this.

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