Is updating to Mountain Lion worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Squirrelflight, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Squirrelflight macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2012
    My Macbook is 35 months. I've never changed it from Snow Leopard. It's memory is 4GB.

    I don't really care for any of the updates. I've just heard updating makes things faster - from even using internet like Safari to opening applications. Is it worth the 19 dollars or will it slow down my system?
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Might as well a couple of months to see if you can upgrade directly to Mavericks
  3. 196josue macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Depending on the MacBook, it may not work. Even if it does I would not recommend. Snow leopard IMHO is the most stable operating system and it works great. I would suggest sticking with SL.
  4. twingo macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    I downgraded to Snow Leopard with my 2009 Macbook Pro after several problems with Lion. I won't change IOS without actualizing the hardware too.
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I wouldn't upgrade unless you are at least at a 2011 system and even then I would wait for 10.9 in case they offer a direct upgrad path.
    It was possible to skip Lion and go directly to ML. It may be possible to skip ML.
    Given that 10.9 should finally fix that idiotic multi monitor lacking support of Mission Control it would be better than ML just for that IMO.

    But if you have SL stay with it. Spaces and Exposé beat Mission control any day and actually worked fine with multiple monitors.
  6. Costino1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2012
    Meh...I got it for the AirPlay improvements. I mean, the notifications are kind of cool I guess.

    That's about it improvement wise....

    I don't see Mavericks improving a lot above Mountain Lion either.
  7. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I'm waiting to see what happens with Mavericks in the general release before I upgrade my 2009 MBP. I've been running SL for about a year since I got some AppleCare repairs done (Leopard before that). Basically my reason for upgrading would be iCloud since I can't use it on SL.
  8. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I did upgrade to ML for icloud and regret it since. I though icloud is more than it is. It is really rather useless and so limited. Now I am using skydrive, dropbox and other sync tools. icloud is simple to set up but pretty bad in any other respect.
  9. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Nope, ML won't give you any speed-ups, if anything, it might slow your system down.
  10. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
  11. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    To speed up, upgrade to 8MB of memory. Then upgrade to latest OS approved for your machine.

    We put 8MB in my niece's white MB and it made a huge improvement in boot time.
  12. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Yeah 8MB of memory is great is practically double the L3 CPU Cache. :D
  13. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Then the answer is no.

    Learn to always consider the source. If you're having performance issues then identify the bottleneck(s) and address. Don't just randomly toss solutions at the problem.
  14. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    The reason I want iCloud is so I can use more features on my iPhone 5 like Find my iPhone and maybe iTunes Match (although I'm not sure I want to pay for it...). Plus I'm a college student, and it'd be nice to not be three OS generations behind the freshmen.
  15. montom, Jun 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2013

    montom macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2005
    Don't do it without cloning your drive to a backup in case you change your mind.

    I went from SL to ML and things were definitely slower. Logic stopped working correctly as well (problem with Core Audio still unfixed). I went back and now everything's snappy again.

    If you want to upgrade your OS, at least wait until 10.9 Mavericks (and still do a backup before you upgrade).
  16. AppleMacNerd macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    United Kingdom
    My dad has a 2010 MBP and went from Lion to Mountain Lion. To be perfectly honest it took ages to install (about 2 hours from what I can remember if all the messing about) and it runs slower on his machine than Lion did.

    If you don't need to upgrade, don't want the updates. Stay where you are now it would only make your computer slower updating from my experience.
  17. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    If you don't need any of the new features, I say stick with what you have.

    And of course with a 3 year old system, one question you need to aks yourself is when are you going to replace it? The answer could be soon or it could be a couple of years. If the answer is soon, then why bother upgrading your current system when you don't need the new OS X features.
  18. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    no need now to upgrade to ML that MAVERIKS is coming
  19. Lolito macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2013
    i would say get an ssd and 8gb of ram and mavericks

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