250 new features, but how many are useful?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by TheJing, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
    Don't get me wrong, I like Lion. But in all honesty it isn't very different from SL.
  2. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
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    There's a reason why its been called and still called "OS X".
  3. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    It depends on the usage type. Lion is certainly even better on a Laptop than on a big screen desktop. Features like Full screen and launchpad, plus the multitouch gestures really take off on a laptop. Having said that, I believe that Lion is great even on my Mac Pro, despite the fact that I don't use Launchpad and full screen apps on my Cinema Display.
    For everything else I suggest you read Ars Technica's review: http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2011/07/mac-os-x-10-7.ars
  4. Branskins macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2008
    Name me one feature that someone would not find useful
  5. rxl125 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2006
    I found it useful that Wifi worked under Snow Leopard but is a MAJOR problem for wifi users in lion... Lion was not ready for prime time.
  6. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    WiFi works ok here. Maybe you should try not to generalize judging by issues your Lion installation is having.
  7. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Launch Pad. An exercise in branding and not much more.

    The most useful features I found in Lion were the options to make things more Snow Leopard-like.
  8. Fabricman112 macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2010
  9. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    250± I have yet to find an unuseful feature. And, I have not had any wifi problems.
  10. stevemiller, Jul 23, 2011
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    stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    there is some stuff that i like, but there are plenty of things that could irk people. for example:

    -"natural" scrolling upends decades of learned computer behaviour, confusing new users and benefitting only better consistency with touchscreen products.

    -launchpad is a pretty interface but is in no way more efficient than putting commonly used apps on your dock and using spotlight (or better app launchers)

    -a lot of people miss having more control of the arrangement of their spaces, so mission control for them would be a definite step backwards in utility

    some people will like features, other people won't. accept it, and figure out what works best for you, rather than trying to convince other people that your opinion is the only right answer.
  11. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
  12. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Lion seems to have FAR more new features than Snow Leopard...some I will use in my day to day work/life and some I will just either disable or ignore but overall, I really like the upgrade...
  13. cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    I think Launch Pad is useful, but only to new converts to OS X that came from iOS. To regular Mac users, it's not something we're going to be using, at least I'm not.

    I do love the added gestures, full screen apps (not that full screen on a large HDTV is a big deal, but being able to switch between full screen apps with a flick is great), I LOVE Mission Control combining Spaces and Expose, it's fantastic. Those features alone make my experience must faster and easier to use.

    And I love the new Mail app, it's fantastic. The first Mail app that made it worthwhile for me to stop using Gmail in a browser.
  14. hollerz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Durham, UK
    I think you got the wrong end of the stick. Useful is subjective. As you said, "some people will like features, other people won't.". I think that was his point.

    And rather than you saying Launchpad is no more efficient than the dock and spotlight.. Some people prefer Launchpad, stop trying to convince other people that your opinion is the only right answer.
  15. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    i don't get it, LOTS of good stuff.

    launchpad, once you organize you apps, is great. (i put all my extra apps in folders on a second page). so my default is my primary apps. swipe, click, and i'm on to work...

    mission control is great (EXCEPT we need to be able to re-order & PIN windows from the mission control screen).

    mail, which i am getting used to, is great. (made a favorites bar with all my folders in sub-folders, so very neat, and easy to access); and address book pictures next to the email list is really nice.

    all kinds of good under-the-hood stuff.

    am looking forward to tweaks, fixes, fine-tuning over time from apple. but lion is what it is: the new system, and, over time, will become essential (the way previous systems have been for most of us).
  16. fsu06 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I've been using macs for over a decade and I find launchpad quite useful. It's certainly nicer than having a dock with 500000 applications on it. One gesture and you have access to all your applications, with 0 clutter. If someone has so many apps as to render it useless.. they might want to clean up their computer a bit.

    Use on a desktop (with a mouse) might be a bit different.
  17. CPD_1 macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2007
    South East Texas
    I'm using WiFi on 3 Macs that are running Lion and haven't had issues with any of them.
  18. waynep macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    Resume just saved me a lot of work! I accidentally hit cmd-q instead of cmd-a without having saved the doc for an hour or so. Restarted Pages and my doc was intact!
  19. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I also really like AirDrop as a convenient way to get things transferred between my MBP and MBA...very fast (surprisingly)...
  20. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Bootcamp. :D
  21. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    i'm not sure what we're arguing over. my point was that people could just as validly dislike some of the changes as they could validly like them.
  22. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    I swear, we need to have a list of ALL the new features. User-submitted of course.
  23. Branskins macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2008
    Lol okay you got me!

    To the other person: my point was that because you don't like something does not mean someone else won't find it useful. You might not see a point in launchpad but tons of people do! I for one like the organization.

    It is very subjective, so a statement saying something is not useful can be insensitive to those that do find it useful.

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