Lion and MBA 2010 11inch need advice

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  1. babymor81 macrumors newbie

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    hi all,

    i know the MBA 2010 11inch is not a power machine.. is this Lion going to do anything good for it? or will it slow it down ? ( similar to how upgrading to the newer version of windows always snaps away some performance.. )

    thanks!
     
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  3. ugp macrumors 65816

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    It should run it fine. Apple usually will Optimize the OS to run smooth on all Machines. I have a 13" MBA with only 2GB of RAM and it is running very smoothly.
     
  4. babymor81 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no.. only 2g
     
  5. babymor81 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry if it is a stupid qns cause i am new to mac.. what will this os upgrade do or bring to my MBA ? it wont make it faster right?
     
  6. ugp macrumors 65816

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    I really like the Fullscreen Apps on my Laptop. This feature stands out more for me on my MBA than it does on my iMac. And the ability to swipe between Apps is really nice. Mission Control is awesome. I can see an overview of everything running and quickly switch to anything I need. I am much more efficient now, or at least it seems that way to me.

    And sometimes to just nice to have something new and different. I am someone that likes change and welcomes it.
     
  7. solowmodel macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. Will be pulling the trigger on my base 11".
     
  8. YMark macrumors 6502a

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    I installed it on my 2010 11" Air last night. Only has 2GB memory.

    Lion runs fine on it (even with encryption), but in all honesty, I think Lion is overrated. Not a big deal really. Mission Control is a complete joke.
     
  9. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    I went to the apple store on wed and they were still running 2010 models with Lion running. They were still fast as ever.
     
  10. babymor81 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for all the replies.. i thought lion's iOS revolutionary features will make it great.. seems like it may not be worth the $
     
  11. thaialism macrumors member

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    bought my mba 11" back in Feb. with 2gb of ram and 128gb, with roughly 90gb free at the moment.

    with lion i noticed that my safari is faster? as in it loads the pages faster.
    i tend to get down to about 30-70mb of free memory?
    and my dock sometimes get stuck.

    currently i have following programs open:
    finder, activity manager, iTunes, mail, Skype.
    free memory: 98.8mb.

    i like the three/four finger swipe to switch between desktops =], still getting use to the the reverse scrolling.

    overall i think that lion wasn't really meant for the older mba...saddly i bought mine four-five months ago and now it's the "old model"
     
  12. Yuusharo macrumors member

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    I have to disagree. I, too, have the 2010 Macbook Air, 64gb 11" model with 4gb of RAM. Admittedly, the RAM probably makes the difference, but Lion has been running fairly smooth so far. I usually have several Chrome windows open along with Twitter, Teamspeak, Skype, Mail and Spotify, along with a few Fluid apps for Facebook and Gmail. Full screen mode makes multitasking a lot easier on such a small screen.

    I haven't noticed Lion running any slower in real-world usage compared to Snow Leopard. There are a few bugs that cause some slowdowns, though. Any time I navigate an App Store page with Lion on it causes it to lock up for several seconds while it determines whether or not it's installed. I've seen this happen on display models at the Apple Store as well, though those machines are typically faster and the lag isn't as noticeable. I also notice the spinning pinwheel several times while navigating in Safari, though I use Chrome primarily and never have that problem. Issues like that will get ironed out with software updates, hopefully.

    Overall, Lion is a pretty decent upgrade. Some performance optimization needs to be done on these 'older' machines, but overall it runs pretty much the same as SL did. The full screen apps alone are enough to keep me from going back for sure.
     

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