stick with snow or go to the mountain

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by pmtm2, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. pmtm2 macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2009
    Keep hear a lot about how slow mountain lion is thinking about staying with snow leopard till apple fixes this problem what do you guys think
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    What Mac with what specs do you have?
    I ran ML on a 2007 iMac with 2 GHz and 4 GB RAM. It was okay, but I downgraded to Snow Leopard again due to missing features.
  3. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    I would upgrade without a doubt. Just clone your current setup to another drive, then download and install ML. If it really is that slow, then it should be an easy fix to bring it back to SL. For $20, I think it's well worth it.

    What machine are you using?
  4. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    I have a 2012 MBA that I just upgraded to ML because it was free. I don't see enough value in it so far that I would be willing to pay even $20 to upgrade my 2008 iMac from SL to ML. For example, I have yet to find a website or service that uses Notifications.

    Two Apple reps told me that the MBA ML upgrade could be applied to my iMac, too. When I tried to do that, it wouldn't work, so I checked again, and another rep told me I'd have to buy it for my iMac. No, thanks. I don't see enough value over SL.
  5. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2011
    You should wait a few weeks to see if the issue gets fixed and then install. For the price it is worth it. And if you back up you can easily go back to SL.
  6. DrakkenWar macrumors 6502


    Nov 7, 2010
    San Antonio,Texas
    Agreed, give the release some time for the bugs to be ferreted out

    I agree with some here. The early adopters usually end up being the "guinney pigs" of the populace to find the bugs that the beta testers did not. Unless you really have a reason to upgrade? I would hold off a while, I would say three to six months give or take. I still use leopard on my PB, not because it's the last supported os, it also runs really well, has the features I need and the interface I am used. I have Lion here on my 2011 mini. It's not bad, honestly it's not that good either. There were a lot of UI changes and what not that I am still really not used to. Lossing Spaces SUCKED BTW!!! Mission Control blows in my book. A sod awful waste of time. Apple tried to condense too many features into one application. To me? It's crowded, ugly and for me a PIA.
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Unless there are any must have features for you in ML or some program update or new software you want that requires Lion or better there is no real reason to update. Since you didn't do Lion I'd say you aren't concerned about the latest OS.

    Otherwise since 10.4 Mac OS X has been getting more bloated and slower. So there will be some impact in performance. Although if you do a fresh install of OS and apps then manually transfer data that will be offset by a clean install for awhile.

    With 10.3 and before each update was getting more streamlined to convince people to switch from OS 9. As 10.0 and 10.1 were slow.
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I don't upgrade just for the sake of upgrading. I only upgrade if a newer version of Mac OS X offers something I want or need that my current version doesn't provide, or if I buy a new Mac that comes with a later version. So far, I haven't seen anything in Lion or ML that I want or need, so I'm sticking with Snow Leopard for now.
  9. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I think you should sell your current Mac and buy a faster one. Then you wouldn't have to worry about speed.

    If you are upgrading you are already hopelessly behind :D

    More seriously, it depends on what you do. Since you haven't said, I wouldn't take any advice you receive here. You could end up with software that doesn't even work, or software that runs twice as fast as what you have now. NO WAY anyone knows here.
  10. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012

    But I've upgraded due to a few features I enjoy and I've had no problems with slowness... but I'm on a mid-2012 Air.
  11. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I upgraded my 2008 Macbook air from snow leopard today, in the little bit of use I've gotten since upgrading it actually seems faster, but that's probably because I did a clean install.
  12. Retrostarscream macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2010
    Miami FL
    I've read of articles that ML may decrease battery life, but this may depend on the machine you are running it on maybe. In either case, I'd wait to the next few updates at least before jumping on the bandwagon.

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