What will OS X Lion be Like?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macnerd123, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2010
    Here is just a quick question. How much different will lion be than snow leopard? Like will it require less power from the macbook while running and will it be more or less powerful/efficient as snow leopard?
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    One would hope that it would be more efficient, but with all of the changes their making I wouldn't be surprised if the opposite were true. We just don't know yet.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jan 10, 2007

    Until 10.7.2 or so comes out.

    On the bright side, I am SURE Safari will seem snappier! :p
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2009
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    I hope it will require less system resources and will be more efficient.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2010
    now that we know even more about lion and it is just a month away, what does everyone think? Will it require more or less power than os x snow leopard?
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2004
    I dunno what you mean by "power".

    Power as in electrical current? No. Lion will not require more electrical current.

    Power as in processing power? Meh. Lion includes a bit more graphical whiz-bang (mission control, launch pad, gestures etc...) than SL. But I've been running it on a 13" MBP with a 9400m with absolutely no problems. Anyone with a MBA with a 9400m or above should see little/no difference between Lion and SL.

    Lion also does away with Rosetta, which requires more processing power to run PPC applications on Intel processors - so in that sense it'll require *less* power - as it just won't run PPC applications at all.

    Power as in graphical power? Same as processor, imho.
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2010
    I could have used that answer without all of the sarcasm and literalness
  9. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA

    I guess you do know what he means by power since you answered his question...like a hipster with a misplaced superiority complex.
  10. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2011
    Hopefully, like Windows, one would be able to disable the "superfluous" effects--as I don't care much for animations, transitions, etc..
  11. macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2008
    Its ok he looks stupid to anyone with any type of electrical knowledge.

    Also no one really knows but i think it will use more power.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Ask the same question a third time. Perhaps you will get an answer you like.
  13. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Prediction: Smoother

    Mac OS upgrades are the opposite of Windows OS upgrades. It gets better with each release. I think the Tiger might have broken that tradition partly because it introduced Spotlight so while it indexes your files on a slow Mac it was more noticeable. Leopard introduced Time Machine and that would be noticeable on a slow Mac.

    None of the features in Lion added except maybe FileFault 2 (Optional) should slow it down.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2004
    Not meant to be sarcastic. Just trying to get clarification as to what you meant by power.

    Actually, no. And since I only got snide response from you and the OP, I still am unsure what he means.

    Power is such a nebulous term when we're talking here. I tried to figure out what he was asking by providing some surface answers based on my knowledge of the processors/software.

    I'll admit I know little about electrical knowledge, but thanks for calling me stupid. Have you provided any contradictory facts using your expertise that would contribute to this discussion?

    All I know is that the processors that Apple can potentially use in the Sandy Bridge MacBook Air use less TDP (using their integrated graphics card) for the most part than the current C2D+320M uses.

    So armed with just that fact, I'd say that the new MBA should not draw more electricity. In my opinion, it will use the same 45W adapter.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    Im using it now! ~Its weird!!!! If Im having trouble getting the hang of it, god knows how my mum and other simples will find it! Unusable????!!!!
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2009
    Montreal, Qc

    While this comment was true for Vista, Windows 7 is a much better OS than the one that came before it...

    Cant wait to try Lion :)

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