OS X 10.7 Lion Is The First Great PC Operating System Of The Post-PC Age [Review]

Mission Control

OS X 10.7 Lion Is The First Great PC Operating System Of The Post-PC Age [Review]

When Steve Jobs first showed a preview of Mission Control, critics said it was a confusing mess. It brings together the Dashboard, Exposé, and Spaces in one view, offering what Apple calls a “bird’s eye view” of everything running. It’s invoked with a swipe of the trackpad or by moving the cursor into a hot corner.

We really like it. We’ve long used Exposé, but often find it difficult to find a specific app with its disorganized mosaic of windows. Mission Control fixes that by grouping all the windows from an app together, making it easy not just to switch apps, but to find a specific window within an app. It also made us start using Spaces — OS X’s virtual desktops feature — for the first time. We could never get used to switching desktops in previous systems, but found it easy to do so in Mission Control. Now we group email and IM in one desktop, blog tools in another. It makes it much easier to navigate a ton of open apps.

This is one of the bigger wins of Lion from a user’s perspective. Way to go, Apple.

App Exposé

OS X 10.7 Lion Is The First Great PC Operating System Of The Post-PC Age [Review]

Lion also changes the way Exposé works. Exposé now groups windows belonging to the same application — a big improvement — and you can choose a particular window by hovering over a group and swiping; the group zooms out to show all the app’s windows. It’s a quick and easy way to switch apps. Use Exposé in the Dock, too, which activates Exposé when you double-tap with two fingers on an application’s dock icon. It’s a great way to switch between windows — especially buried ones — in a single application.

Launchpad

OS X 10.7 Lion Is The First Great PC Operating System Of The Post-PC Age [Review]

Along with the Mac App Store, Launchpad is Apple’s big push into bringing iOS’s app ecosystem to OS X. Unlike the Mac App Store, however, Launchpad will prove largely superfluous for power users: it seems solely designed to give Mac users who have newly migrated to the platform from an iPhone or iPad an app-filled home screen to look at.

If you’ve used any iOS device, you know how Launchpad looks. Hit the Launchpad icon in the dock — think of it as your Mac’s “Home” button — and Launchpad places all of your Mac’s apps on an invisible grid overlaid over a blurred version of your desktop. Just like in iOS, apps can be dragged on top of other apps to create folders. Hold down on an app and you trigger the familiar app deletion mechanism of iOS. Swipe left or right to navigate to different home screens. When the Mac App Store is downloading an app for you, it even shows as “Installing,” just like when you’re downloading and installing an iPad or iPhone app.

The problem with Launchpad is two-fold. For one thing, it’s not consistent, and that’s because it’s essentially just a GUI shell plopped on top of Finder’s Applications folder. Any apps that haven’t been deleted through the Mac App Store, for example, can’t be deleted within Launchpad: you have to find them in Applications and drag them to the trash. Counterintuitively, though, while Launchpad is largely just taking apps from “Applications” and displaying them in an iOS-like context, many of the changes you make in Launchpad — such as moving apps to folders — don’t carry over to Applications.

The second problem is more of a power-user problem: launching apps from a home screen might be a good way of handling things on a mobile platform where you’ve got only a small number of apps on your 64GB device, but it’s just not a good way of managing, finding and launching a large number of apps on a 1TB iMac.

Launchpad will be useful for Mac newbies who are new to their laptop or desktop and came to the platform from iOS, but even these users will rapidly outgrow the feature. If you have more than a handful of apps installed on your machine, and haven’t bought them all from the Mac App Store, you’re just not going to use Launchpad on a regular basis. Finder’s Application folder is a lot more powerful, and easier to access, browse and search besides.

Mac App Store

OS X 10.7 Lion Is The First Great PC Operating System Of The Post-PC Age [Review]

If you’re already using the Mac App Store under Snow Leopard, the Lion experience is very similar. There has, however, been one small change to the way apps are installed that is very welcome.

When you install an app through the MAS under Snow Leopard, it always installs in the Dock. If you’re a Mac user who prefers to keep your Dock minimalist, it was obnoxious to have every stray app auto-install in the dock.

The Mac App Store under Lion changes things. Now, apps aren’t placed automatically in the Dock. They are installed in both the Applications folder and automatically installed under Launchpad. It’s a better solution that guarantees that Mac neophytes can find their most freshly installed apps without delving into Finder, but without having a million once or twice launched apps cluttering up their Dock.

Overall, we love the Mac App Store, in both Snow Leopard and Lion. It’s just hugely convenient to have a central app depository, to have all of our purchased apps available for easy installation or update on any machine tied to our Apple ID. We are slightly worried about a future in which Apple might dictate that all app distribution on the Mac platform go through the Mac App Store, but that’s not happened in Lion, nor is it easy to see how it could without some much deeper level Mac App Store integration with OS X on a system-level basis.

If Lion is, as some suspect, the last version of OS X, though, we imagine the Mac App Store will be one of the huge pillars of whatever the next version of the Mac operating system ends up being called. Apple’s going to eventually want to monetize and control all of the software being run on Macs, just as they already do on iOS. For now, though, the Mac App Store is just a nice perk of using a Mac.

Resume

OS X 10.7 Lion Is The First Great PC Operating System Of The Post-PC Age [Review]

OS X Lion’s Resume functionality is another aspect of Apple’s push to make apps behave more like their iOS counterparts. Apps that use Apple’s Resume API call will now open up in the exact state at which they last closed: all of your open windows will be restored, and you’ll even be scrolled down and have your cursor placed in the same location you left it.

To us, this feels like something of a misstep in Lion. In iOS, Resume is important because there’s no true multitasking going on. When you navigate from one app to another, iOS closes the first app and loads up the second app. Resume isn’t used to restore an app that a user chooses to close under iOS: rather, it’s used to simulate desktop multitasking, and allow users to easily switch between apps without losing any progress.

In Lion, you don’t close an app to open another one. You close an app because you’re done with your work in it. So when an app loads up the same way you closed it next time you open it, it can be the opposite of what you want, which is a blank slate.

In a program like Safari, resuming to previous state after an app close makes a lot of sense: you can see all the tabs and web pages you had open last time at a glance. Resume in an app like Preview, though, can be a bit of a mess: unless you remember to close each and every document you open in Preview, those old documents will pop open in the background every time you try to preview something new. That can lead to several dozen old Preview windows popping up every time you open the app, slowing down your machine. (That Preview has no “Close All Other Windows”) ability makes the problem even worse).

Resume’s nice to have as a developer option, but it seems like it’s being applied rather haphazardly right now, under the idea that it’s best if all apps resume once they are closed. We often close apps as a way of shaking the Etch-A-Sketch, though, which is something Apple doesn’t seem to have taken into account as they extended the iOS metaphor to the Mac. Developers will have to be careful about how they implement this functionality into their apps, because Resume is not a no-brainer win for every piece of software.

Autosave And Versioning

OS X 10.7 Lion Is The First Great PC Operating System Of The Post-PC Age [Review]

It’s strange, but Auto Save initially takes some getting used to. Instead of saving your work as you go, Lion now takes care of it. That means that your Command-S reflex is now redundant. It also means the “Save As…” has now become “Export” in many applications. So instead of saving a PDF as a JPEG in Preview, for example, you have to now “Export” it. We’re still getting used to this change. Saving is so central to the Mac OS experience, it’s deeply ingrained in muscle memory.

What we will say is that the concept of “Auto Save” is almost a misnomer. You do still have to save documents manually, and that’s right after they are first created or before you close the window of the application that you created the document in for the first time. After that, Lion will automatically track all of the changes through Lion’s Versioning system.

Versioning is totally rad, though. Think of it as Time Machine for an individual file’s changes. You can see the entire lifetime of that file, from the first word of your novel being written back in January to the edits you made in the third draft two weeks ago. All you do is select “Revert to Saved” from the File menu. Your current copy will be on the left, your past version on the right. You can check out changes between the two copies, copy and paste from one to another, or even revert entirely.

What Apple has done with Lion’s Auto Save and Versioning system is not get rid of manual saving, but make sure the end user has to do it only once. Save a single copy of a document and Lion will keep its eye on anything happening inside of it until you delete the file from the disc. It’s awesomely powerful and just as awesomely reassuring. As they say, “it just works.”

AirDrop

OS X 10.7 Lion Is The First Great PC Operating System Of The Post-PC Age [Review]

AirDrop is awesome. It lets you set up a quick file-sharing wireless sneaker net with machines within about 30 feet. In the past, we’ve done all kinds of crazy things to transfer files from one machine to another: emailing, swapping thumb drives, uploading files to the cloud. AirDrop makes it dead easy to share files with nearby computers, and you don’t even have to be connected to Wi-Fi. It detects other AirDrop-enabled computers (running Lion, natch), and lets you drop files to their Downloads folder. Recipients must accept the files, and the entire transaction is firewalled and encrypted for security. As well as sharing in the field, it’s a dead easy way to shuffle files around the home or office.

Along with Mission Control, Auto Save and Versioning, AirDrop is another huge win for Lion. For some frequent file sharers, it’s probably worth $29 in and of itself.

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  • Chris Brunner

    Check the Twitter log, FOM reported Lion going live first!!!!

    -Chris
    http://friendsofmac.net

  • Soho22

    GREAT! Who cares, we already know its live. If you want to advertise, why don’t you buy an ad spot instead of spamming the comments on better websites?

  • Soho22

    Thanks for the review, good read while downloading Lion. Its not like anybody saying anything about it would keep me from getting it.
    Good to see you liked it though.

  • Mathias Grelck Johnsen

    AWESOME! Downloading it now! Can’t wait! :D

  • Brandon Chang

    im getting error 100 =[ anyone else , i guess the server must be busy 

  • Blake Erickson

    Quite a few countries showing up the Error 100 message. Lion unavailable most likely due to server overload. Australia and Canada both known to have this problem at the moment. 

  • Brandon Chang

    yea im from aust lol

  • Brandon Chang

    OMG i refreshed the app store now its live on the front page and and i clicked buy app and its downloading so exciting!!!!!

  • gerenm63

    Just a quick comment on “reverse scrolling.” I’ve been using a reverse scrolling app on Snow Leopard for a few days now. It took me all of about a minute to get used to it (and I’ve been scrolling with trackpads for years!). It is simply the most intuitive way to move around. Now, the Windows7 laptops I’m forced to use for work and a couple of functions at home seem utterly backwards.

  • JeremyCandelas

    Yep… Way to go man, huge milestone in your life. Now what?

    Oh, and congrats on getting up a 7000 word review up before Cult of Mac too! Oh wait… you didn’t.

    EDIT: And wow… took a look at your site. Maybe try writing your own articles for a change instead of posting quotes that are protected under fair use copyright laws? You’ll get way more users that way.

  • brownlee

    Alright, we appreciate the defense, and agree that Chris’s message was a little uncalled for, but still: let’s leave off the abuse. There’s always room for another Mac site.

  • Robert Martinez

    So now that it’s available, whats the build number on it? 11A511?

  • LTodd820

    All in all it looks good.  I am a devoted user of Front Row, however.  What else is there that works just as well?

  • Michalis Pantelouris

    Is it still abuse if he asked for it?

  • Lasse Olsen

    Plex (http://www.plexapp.com) is superior to Front Row in every conceivable way, it is simply fantastic..

  • Roger Chucker

    That’s the bloody problem.. we don’t live in a world with only macs around us – we have to deal with Windows and Linux PCs. It is definitely not a consumer-friendly move to suddenly change the scrolling direction when you don’t have a lion’s share of the market (pun intended). Does reverse scrolling by itself suck – probably not. I’ve become used to it – but it sucks royally when we have to work on our work computers or help others. Let us stop excusing this as a consumer-friendly step and call it as it is – a step to just unify Apple’s platform. 

  • LTodd820

    Does it integrate with your media folders (music, movies, etc.) the way Front Row does?

  • Lasse Olsen

    Yes, it does – you can easily set up Plex such that it finds all your local media. However it does a lot more than that, including automatic downloads of metadata for movies, tv shows, music etc. And you can add custom channels for various online content, so you’re not limited to consuming local content.

    Plex can also do media streaming to iOS devices, over the internet if needed. I’m pretty sure Front Row has no such feature.

    The only limitation to Plex (imo) is that it can’t handle DRM-protected iTunes content, like movie rentals etc. For that you still need the iTunes app. Beyond that, I think Plex is awesome – so you should check it out :)

  • Mike Radie

    Is it taking anyone else forever to download? 

  • Brian

    Great job on the review guys!

  • Olicoop

    I use Plex and Boxee on my Mac Mini HTPC. Both are awesome. Boxee is more “social” because you can link social media sites and see your feeds from those. 
    Both are super easy to integrate all of your media. You just need to tell the program which folders to find all of your files in. I have a 1TB external hard drive attached to my Mini with about 700 GB of movies/pics/music. So I just have to turn the HD on and then can surf from the couch and see all of the movie art/ratings/synopsis/etc.

  • Edward Chamberlain

    ive only got another 12 hours to wait… 

  • brownlee

    Thanks!

  • Elliot George

    I’m having a horrible time downloading it. Two attempts have failed right towards the end of the download. Apparently there is a problem with my internet connection. This is false!

    Third time lucky I guess :/

  • Geofa Wyatt

    Having no dramas downloading from Melbourne :)

  • David Keith Riddick

    Thanks for the info. Downloading now ! Love the site and the book !

  • Eduardo Malheiros

    I fairly enjoyed the review, but personally disagree with some arguments, specially those regarding full screen apps and (being a BetterTouchTool user aficionado) multitouch gestures – two of the things that I think is the future os OS’s – And something that can also be seen under the Con10uum and Windows 8 approach to it.
    Finally and to add to the discussion, I think Lion should and could be a much more evolved system than it actually turned out to be, specially when it comes to the way users see, manage and interact with their files and applications (there’s still no default tagging method, for instance), and the system’s still highly dependency on the Dock in therms of usability and overall visual identity.

    Just constructive commentaries though. In spite of those things I just bought Lion and I’m anxiously waiting for it’s download to finally end.

  • prof_peabody

    Great review.  Kudos to both of you.  It must have been a lot of work putting this together.  

  • LTodd820

    I think I’ll give it a try!

  • LTodd820

    This intrigues me.  I have a 2TB external drive with all the good stuff (movies & tv) and it would be so nice to NOT have to transfer them back onto my Mac to play them, since Front Row can’t/won’t search anywhere than the default folders.

  • Julian

    Here in Montreal, Canada my Lion download stalled about 10 minutes into the 3.5 GB (90-minute on my DSL) downlad. I clicked on the Purchased icon in the App Store, and it shows the download progress bar with a Pause button beside it. Click Pause, then Resume a few seconds later, and the download resumed. Still one hour to go, though.

  • brownlee

    Thanks, Prof. Means a lot.

  • Olicoop

    It is super easy. I do still use iTunes to play all of my music, just because that is what we are used to and it’s easier for me. All of my music is also on the hard drive – we usually leave it turned off unless we are listening to music or watching a movie.
    My main hard drive is firewire 800, so it does have a quick connection. If you are still using USB 2.0, you may have some issues with stuttering video, especially if you have a lot of other programs open. I have a 2TB, USB 2.0 “backup” HD that I back everything up onto that stays in a cabinet. I can still watch videos directly from that one (just using Quicktime or VLC) but sometimes it will stutter. That may also be a reflection on the HD and not necessarily the connection.

    My Mini is from 2009 and only has a 120 GB HD, so there is no way I was going to get all of my media content on that small of a HD.

  • MacGoo

    Paradigm shifts like reverse scrolling are always a bit uncomfortable. But Apple made the right decision. The reason? Think about why we scroll the way we did before Lion: Because of scroll bars. Initially, that was the first way OSs enabled scrolling with a mouse: grabbing a bar and pulling DOWN. When scroll wheels came along, programmers were still attached to the scrollbar, rather than the page itself, so scroll wheels stayed inside the paradigm. But what would happen if you almost completely removed the scrollbar (as Lion has done) and rendered it little more than a position indicator? Suddenly the most intuitive control surface is the page itself. And in order to move a page up, you grab it and push it UP. 

    Long story short: Apple is getting rid of the scrollbar in favor of directly interacting with pages. Scrolling down no longer makes sense. New users not stuck in old paradigms will instantly get this. The rest of us will adjust.

  • cottenhamr

    Post PC age? Are you kidding me?  You are writing an article about an operating system for a PC.  Whether it is a Mac or a Windows machine, it is still a personal computer.  Any time someone needs to do real work they go back to their PC.  Where do apps for these extension devices get written?  On a PC.  Just because Apple has said it is the Post PC era, doesn’t mean it is.  Just tell that to all the people that are reading your review on a PC.  

  • nathanalf

    Honestly, just make your work computer use the reverse scrolling too. That is what I just did.

  • Raffael

    Coloured sidebar icons are just a distraction. It is actually easier to distinguish monochrome icons.

  • brownlee

    Way to read half the headline.

  • cottenhamr

    Not just the headline.  Read the whole article, referenced in the conclusion as well.  Just because Jobs says it doesn’t make it true.  But if you say something enough to enough people it becomes brainwashing.  BTW, I never said I didn’t use Macs.

  • seed7

    This guy is still living in the Post PC era.

  • ALi

    is ay?

  • Stephen Antonucci

    Good review overall. But I disagree that it may be the last version of OS X. With a little thinking there are plenty of innovations left for this OS. It will go to 11!

  • TerryYoung Bleh

    Install went fairly painlessly. I had to resize my partition to actually get it to install though. Overall feeling on the Full-Screen option is that when the application does it right, its amazing. Im already getting used to 3 finger scrolling to access the application and I really like the clean desktop that goes along with it.

  • TerryYoung Bleh

    Install went fairly painlessly. I had to resize my partition to actually get it to install though. Overall feeling on the Full-Screen option is that when the application does it right, its amazing. Im already getting used to 3 finger scrolling to access the application and I really like the clean desktop that goes along with it.

  • Brandon M

    Good..! I’m downloading Lion Right now… meanwhile… I’ll entertain myself whit this article. 

  • Tom Campbell

    I don’t understand how this auto save function will work inside Microsoft office. Which no matter how big Apple becomes will still be everyone first choice when it comes to actual work. (maybe keynote instead of powerpoint.)

  • MPD01605

    This is going to be one of those things like inverted controls on video game joysticks.

    I think “To scroll DOWN, I move my fingers DOWN”.  
    Some may think “To scroll DOWN, I move my fingers like I’m moving a paper.”

    It’ll take a while to catch on I think.  I switch between Windows and a Mac laptop so much, it would be far too confusing for me.  I keep trying to scroll with two fingers on most Windows laptops and suddenly remember that it doesn’t work on many of them.
    One day, it’ll change.

  • Jacob Schumacher

    Post PC age refers to no longer having the PC be the center of your computing universe and changing it to being just another device.

  • cottenhamr

    Do you really believe that is going to work for the majority of people and companies?  Or is it just the CEO of a consumer electronics company spouting off in order to sell more of his consumer non-pc based devices?

  • appledrunk

    For those who want to actually have a bootable DVD of Lion, make your own easily:

    http://appledrunk.com/how-to-m

  • prestonbarnett

    Hey what happened to swiping 4 fingers right or left and the application switcher coming up. Any alternative to that?

  • prestonbarnett

    Hey what happened to swiping 4 fingers right or left to bring up application switcher? Any new alternative to that?

  • Ida Busk

    After now being a Lion’er for about 2 hours (I know still a newbie) I can honestly say there’s only one feature I could really use – some sort of swipe between tabs in Safari other than going a page back – is there anyone out there who has found a solution for this? (I’m on a Magic mouse most of the time therefore a solution for that would be highly appreciated)
    I’m really loving all the new features and yeah, the schooling issues is almost no longer for me even if I’m now a complete newbie in the Apple world. I do agree on the new-Finder being sorta odd but non the less i’m getting to lot it. 

  • Lucas K Allmon

    He probably does it to get people that easily overreact to shit their pants, like you just did.

  • Mike Radie

    Ok 4 hours have past I am just up and running with lion.

  • Sir

    Yeah, I hate that. I just unchecked natural movement for my trackpad and it’s back to where it’s comfortable for me. I don’t know why this was checked by default…

  • cottenhamr

    So why doesn’t any one on here answer the questions that I asked logically?  Does anyone really think that a world without PCs being the center of attention will work for the majority of people and companies?  Do you think you will ever be as productive on a mobile device as you are on a PC?

  • Robert X

    People? Yes. Companies? No.

    As productive? Only a matter of time.

    There I answered them.

  • cottenhamr

    So how is it the Post PC era then?  How many companies are writing iPhone apps vs normal people?
     
    Are all those people going to be doing that on a mobile device too?  

    I love how Mac people on here argue a point without looking at reality.

    Reality is that mobile devices will never overtake what a full PC or Mac desktop can do.  You would have to connect VR glasses to a mobile device to have the screen real estate and it takes a lot more power to do real tasks.  Sorry guys, texting and surfing are not productive things. 

    I am fine with the argument, just give me some real facts. 

    If you are going to say that people are going to have computers at work and at home they will only have tablets and phones you are mistaken.  The amount of home businesses today are astounding.  Not to mention those homes have a blurred line between work and play.  There will always be homes with 5-10 networked computers. 

    Sorry but really, quit living in dreamland.

  • SpongebobUK

    What have they done to the Finder? The files and folders seem to float now – a bit woolly or may be I’m just getting paranoid! I’m glad I bought a Magic Trackpad for my iMac cos now I get to practice all of these new gestures. I was switching between spaces when I accidentally used a two finger swipe in Safari and found how you move between history pages!

    Looks like this is going to be fun for a few days/weeks finding lots of new features! Bring on the iCloud.

  • cliqsquad

    Download Better Touch Tools 100% free it adds so much more functionality to gestures. I use to use two finger tap to get to expose easy, 1 to get to desktop. The new lion set up removed a lot of the need for better touch tools but still a few. http://bettertouchtool.en.soft

    Anyway pick a gesture you want to use, just don’t use one assigned to a default gesture unless you want to reassign them to a new gesture. Now, use these hotkey commands (aka keyboard shortcuts type them in after select gesture) http://cl.ly/2K2q2f0b3D2i0O0k1… 

    http://cl.ly/0Z3q002V3K2j2n3n1… looks like this

  • Bradley Center

    This is how Apple fanboys feel about Steve Job. If you ARE a fanboy you will probably buy this shirt…http://bit.ly/mXznVo

  • Alex

    God Lord what a bunch drivel ….  

    I just downloaded and installed Lion but after seeing this my only thought was  Mr. Kahney must have been been on some Apple flavored Kool Aid drinking binge and, quite possibly might have fallen into the punch bowl before he wrote this tripe …

  • Finlay MacArthur

    Downloading now for nearly 4 hours with 1Gb to go.

  • jethrObama

    The PC era refers to being tied to a PC… typically in one spot.. and tied to a mouse/trackpad screen… etc..  The Postpc era refers to your digital life going with you everywhere you go… and whether you are on your machine, your wife’s machine or your kids machines, your information is there with you… all the time.  Eventually you might even just walk up to a screen and your digital image self will appear automatically… say at an ATM or at a McDonald’s. .. in your car.  You ipod transmitting an image to whatever display device you’re in front of… you reach out with your digital fingers and swipe…

    Think of Avatar screen operators, or Tom Cruise in minority report.  You know… there is your control…. no desktop… no pc.

    Also, Apple probably won’t want to hear this, but why should the OS you use not also be “Book-marked” and appear?

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    PC means personal computer, isn´t iPad a personal computer, isn´t an iPhone a personal computer?

    Now WHY post-PC you ask?

    Because those above cited ARE more “personal” than the “PC” era machines.

    Is that simple.

    More personal You ask?

    Yes, because those machines get rid of many hassles of the PC era machines.

    If you ask like WHAT?, i´ll reply ARE you kidding?

    You throwed Mac people and  Dreamland as if you are Alice insulting little people, BUT You sure sound like Mad-Hatter, tho.

    Lion has only some features of iOS, if that makes it a Post-PC OS i do not know.
    But remember journalists are lazy, they like easy labeling, because WE ( the readers ) are lazy

  • ttrtilley

    Some apps have always worked this way. For example, MacPaint in 1984. Will be nice for all apps to be consistent, regardless of paradigm.

  • Brian Moore

    OKAY, I’m guilty… I said that I was going to wait, blah blah blah… I’m sorry, I HAD to download Lion to day. Just finished the install on my 2010 13″ MBP running in clam shell mod… Lion is running as I type… WOOT WOOT
    No review from ME until I’ve used it for at least a couple weeks…
    So far? I LIKEY
    Already rockin’ a Track Pad that I bought a month or so ago…

  • frdmfghtr

    Please point out examples.  To simply call something “tripe” without stating why is a waste of words.

  • Leonardo Copello

    OSX Lion is running so slowly in my Macbook Air 2010 with 4Gb of Ram. The animations are jaggy and is not running so smooth like Apple products.
    LaunchPad: duplicated some icons. The swipe is smooth and really cool.
    Mission Control: The animations hasn’t been polished yet. The icons in desktop dessapears without any animation. Moving a window to a new desktop is very slowly. The opened windows didn’t scale down when view Mission Control (It just FLASH!)
    FullScreen: Is amazing! But the transition animation need to be polished.

    Very disappointed with the interface finishing of OSX Lion. Please review the animation performance!

  • Dillon Schultz

    anyone else having trouble with their time capsule backing up under os x lion?

  • Mark Emery

    What a great review, thankyou. I was ordering my first ever Mac this morning and I stopped at the Checkout button. Got cold feet. If it’s going to work like my iPhone, I’m ready to click checkout now after reading your excellent review. Cheers.

  • riazhathey

    I AGREE – POST PC – as in anything other than MAC…Correction! Real work gets done on MACS. It is tried and tested….

  • Junaidkureshi

    well thats a good article every main change on Lion you have discussed.

  • Gary Watson

    Define real work..? There is nothing physically left in the computer world that you cant do on a Mac. An Apple Mac is a personal computer that just happens to be physically and software wise light years ahead of and PC running Windows so why would anyone use anything else to write on? I think (hope) you understand the meaning of the use of the term post-PC and are just being pedantic and sound slightly bitter. 
    Also, why are you on a Mac site when you have an obvious dislike of new forward thinking technology and an obvious love of antiques..?
    Windows users are like cheap car owners, always fiddling under the hood! I mean, who wants a Ford that beaks down all the time when you can have a Porsche right..?
    Get over it, PC’s running Microsoft products have just been shown up by Apple as the trash they have always been and it hurts so many Windows indoctrinated geeks to admit that. Classic example; Microsoft have just announced that they are working to release one single OS that works on all products i.e. phones, pads, PC’s etc that will be released in 2 years(!) time…hmm, sound familiar?  Didn’t Apple already do this years ago with OSX..? Post PC indeed me thinks! 

  • madbonkey

    I’m thinking with increasing network capabilities in the future the so-called “cloud-computing” will enable devices like the iPad and iPhone, MacBook  Air and other tablets to perform powerful tasks (think of a scenario where you could upload a few videos, images and sounds to a Software in the cloud, with which you create a movie project and  let’s you download the finished encoded video file … all just depends on the network).

    Of course, that technically doesn’t mean those devices can perform tasks like that, but you can *using* them. And that’s what “Post-PC era” is about, in my opinion.

  • Hal Summers

    Don’t like the scrolling function and don’t consider myself a Luddite.  It seems counter intuitive to scroll the page in the opposite direction of the cursor.  It make sense on an iPad but then iPads don’t have a cursor.

  • R.W. Elti

    One killer Lion feature nobody seems to be talking about is one that I have wished for for years:

    RESIZE windows from ANY edge.  Wow, I will really love that.

    That is one thing Windoze has had right for years. I can’t wait to end those annoying trips down to the lower right hand corner to resize a window.

    When to buy?? I’ll wait a few weeks for the beta testers to do their job. But I am excited and I think the price is very fair.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/r

  • R.W. Elti

    One killer Lion feature nobody seems to be talking about is one that I have wished for for years:

    RESIZE windows from ANY edge.  Wow, I will really love that.

    That is one thing Windoze has had right for years. I can’t wait to end those annoying trips down to the lower right hand corner to resize a window.

    When to buy?? I’ll wait a few weeks for the beta testers to do their job. But I am excited and I think the price is very fair.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/r

  • Tim Matheny

  • mrswine

    Stupid us. We started calling ourselves a post-industrial society, and we knew full well there was still a lot of industry around!

    Maybe one could think just a bit before firing off an “Are you kidding me”?

  • cottenhamr

    Macs are light years ahead?  The core is unix, a 40 year old OS.  There is a lot you can’t do on a Mac, I won’t even touch gaming because that is a given.  But for business users there isn’t even a real SQL management client. 

    If you are going to say everything is web/cloud based now then you are the guy who is over paying for a thin client. 

    Apple did that years ago?  So you can buy an app on your iPad and use it on your Mac?  That’s so awesome….. Not.

    I OWN a Mac.  I come here because I like this site and its content.  I do NOT like when people spout off about change that isn’t true.  Let me ask you.  When your Mac has an issue, and yes they have issues.  Do you take it back to the Apple store?  Let them fix it for you?  I don’t, I fix it myself.  Doesn’t it bother you that you have to rely on others and that you don’t have the knowledge to do it yourself.  Gary, you may know but so MANY Mac users don’t know their Mac from their toaster.  That my friend is sad and that is where PC people are different.

  • Thomas Define

    I’d like to know what happened to Print Preview. This is a feature that I use all of the time to avoid printing out blank web pages. Very disappointed!

  • Micah Dirksen

    What utter piffle this review is.  Lion represents nothing more than a stumble-start attempt to meld two successful OS’s into one, and the fact is it doesn’t work very well.  Like anything that tries to be two different things at once it’s insufficient at both and works just like it sounds… confused and unsatisfying.

    “Post-PC” drivel aside this guy is just wrong.  Lion is lame.  I do agree that Lion is the last of OS X, but whatever comes next needs to be an actual change, not just an update with lipstick like Lion is.

  • CHIRS RODGERS

    go to system pref select mouse uncheck box on top that says “move content in the direction…) ta-da back to regular scrolling.

  • Pedro Martins

    No, it doesn’t. Who cares! When your car has an issue, do you arrange it yourself? Or your house’s plumbing or heating system? Or your shaving machine? I can’t have all the knowledge of the world to do anything by myself. I have to eventually rely on others as others rely on me.

  • shawnrichards

    There’s got to be some significant ignorancee here if you think there is no SQL Client for the Mac. “Only a fool argues with a fool” so I’ll stick to the point here.

    As the CEO of an IT business that switched to Macs about 5-6 hrs ago, the Mac does virtually everything an MS-based PC does. Ms has been frantically copying Apple’s approach to make the reverse true. But it is a typical PC-based mindset that keep them and every other tech competitor of Apple behind the curve.

    The average consumer-type user Apple is aiming at, including me, does not want to pull out a screwdriver when their device gives a problem. The Genius Bar is part of the more refined customer experience. Sure I can troubleshoot and fix PCs but I want to spend my time making money doing what I do. I have convinced the leaders of several multimillion dollar businesses, as well as middle-aged non-traditional computer users the value of the same approach.

    Not all PC users are as brilliant as you profess. Most are Luddites as are Mac Users – your last sentence summarises your evangelical prejudice. Most Mac users value the overall experience of computing more and pay more for that privilege.

    No one forces you to own a Mac and if you don’t like them fine.

    If you take “Post PC” to mean life after a PC, this whole article and all talk about “Post PC” is clearly rubbish.

    Consider it to mean “Post PC-centric” and this whole thing starts making more sense. As an owner of a Mac Pro, 2 Mac laptops, an iPhone, an iPad, several PCs running OSes from Windows XP through to 7 and even various Ubuntu flavours, my most commonly used devices are my iPad and iPhone. Because of the power and computing experience, those form factors (roundly scoffed at by your PC brethren) now trounce the PC experience offered by both Apple, MS, Google (on their amateurish mobile platform) and Linux.

    Tablets and smartphones can’t do every thing their bulky siblings can but PCs and Macs are less important to the computing experience. More commoditised if you will.

    Lion helps make the Mac just another device and unify the computing experience between all three.

    Apple does not care about all the users that do not see things this way. Obviously, millions of new customers per months are signing onto this concept. And leaving techo-dinosaurs like you clutching your keyboards punching the air in defiance.

    Keep on keeping on.

    Aim your barbed responses and vain counterarguments at the general readership here because I won’t be reading it nor replying.

    If it makes you feel better…………. you win.

    • These Apple guys really are stupid.
    • Apps are stupid. Therefore the App Store, etc must be stupid too.
    • Cloud computing is misguided as you assert above (okaaaaaaay then????).
    • Mac users try to stick bread into their Optical drives (wonder what they’ll do with new diskless Macs….. inconsiderate Apple).
    • PCs users are all learned, computing heroes.

    Us fanboys don’t get it do they fella?

  • cottenhamr

    I said there is no REAL SQL Management Client for the Mac.  If you think that Squirrel SQL is one then you are mistaken.  There simply isn’t a good client. 

    I OWN a Mac, I wasn’t arguing the whole PC vs Mac war.  I was arguing two points.  One, PCs and Macs (desktops) aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  They are where the real work is done. 

    Second, it feels based on all the comments from this site and from Pedro below that Mac users are ok throwing their money away to something they don’t know and trusting someone just because they say it, not because they prove it. 

    Yes, I do fix my own car.  Yes, I do fix my own house.  Yes, I do fix my own PC and YES, I do fix my Mac when it breaks.  It does break.

    I bought a brand new 2011 17″ Macbook Pro with the 2.3Ghz processor.  Set me back about 3 grand.  Was about to give up all my ties to a desk.  Then I found that horsepower was starting to become an issue.  One night I was editing some photos and I noticed about 20 little spotlights at the bottom of my screen.  I took it back to the Apple store. The “Genius” took it in back and said he saw the issue.  Exchanged the Macbook for a new one.  After 45 minutes of paperwork he takes the new one in the back room where the lighting was better and comes out with two thumbs up and says it is great, no problems.  I take it home and do my own test and sure enough it has the exact same problem.  I took it back the next day and a different “Genius” says oh ya, that’s a known issue on the 17s.  We’re not going to and have no plans to fix it.  

    This is the Apple mentality, my way or the highway.  I like their products for the most part but the attitude needs some serious adjusting. 

    I can build a better Mac than Apple can for cheaper. 

    Apple is a hardware company.  Microsoft is a software company.  Google is an advertising company.

    Apple uses its software to sell it’s hardware and lock you into an eco system to which you are under their control.

    Microsoft sells its software so other vendors can run their hardware.

    Google uses its software and products to mine data about you and sell it to advertisers.

    As far as Apple, how many people have read the articles about Lion taking third part NAS support away?  Think that was an accident?  Not hardly.  Apple wants you buying their hardware, not someone else’s.

    One last thing shawnrichards, who are you going to go to and where are you going to go when your Mac breaks down and you can’t fix it?  Are you going to always rely on someone else to do the real work for you? 

    I can’t fix my Mac < Someone who can fix their own computer

  • cottenhamr

    No it doesn’t?  What are you commenting on?  The unix core?  Yes it does.  Do your research.

  • cottenhamr

    Just think it is funny that the little puppy thinks it has the lead.  It wants the lead and maybe one day just might get there.  But it is still nowhere close.  Awww so sorry little puppy. 

  • mrswine

    Wow. So incapable of answering an argument you were reduced to babbling. How old are you, 5? Maybe you are and missed the ironic nature of the statement: Saying “Post-PC” does not mean anyone believes there will never be a need for PCs, just like saying “post-industrial” doesn’t mean you think you have no need of industry. That clear things up for you?
    “Thinks it has the lead” in what, exactly? Customer satisfaction? Yup, 10 years running according to J.D. Power. Admired brand? Yeah, that too. Profitability in retail stores? Yes, by leaps and bounds. If you mean operating systems, by what criteria are you judging? The “Cottenhamr Scale?” Can you quantify that statement, or was it just more babbling?

    Why in the world would you pay nearly three grand for a notebook with an operating system you don’t appreciate and a company you disdain so much? One might be led to the suspicion that you’re simply a troll…

  • mrswine

    Is your claim based on your own use? If so, what have you found that’s lame? If not, why would you even comment?

  • mrswine

    Why can’t you just click through the preview pages built into the print dialog? If that for some reason isn’t enough and you really want to see it in Preview (which is what Print Preview was doing anyway), just go to the PDF button; the first choice is “Open PDF in Preview.”

  • cottenhamr

    Because I wanted to believe in Apple as a company.  Also because I have an extremely heavy unix background so all of my skills could be put to a good use there.

    Lead = Marketshare

    or for you it means the amount of PC vs Macs in the world.

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  • ArrowSmith

    Just wait until Windows 8 comes out. Apple leapfrogged again by Microsoft.

  • ArrowSmith

    It is a post-PC era in the sense of exploding iPad sales have displaced Windows netbooks for light browsing, email. But for people who NEED a desktop computer with large external display, external hard drives, we are not in a “post PC” era.

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  • KevinL

    Well even though I like Macs, here’s an alternative review…
    http://theshrewsburyfinger.com

  • Jim Burton

    Apple had good reason for killing the third party NAS servers.

    To support Time Machine, Apple made some major upgrades to the AFP protocol. This is why networked Time Machine backups were delayed until a later release of Leopard. Netatalk, the open source implementation of the AFP protocol didn’t include these extensions. Netatalk 2.2 implements these protocols.

    Without the extensions, it was very easy to corrupt the Time Machine backup.  Plenty of people (including myself) learned that the hard way, thinking that I could keep from buying a Time Capsule or another Mac by setting up Linux and Netatalk on an old PC. After about a week, the Time Machine backup would be corrupted.

    Apple wisely decided to put an end to this nonsense by disallowing backups to drives that do not support the extensions.

    Apple doesn’t care about the hardware you currently own, they just care about making their new hardware work as well as possible.

  • cottenhamr

    Wow, well if you look at it like that I can remember another company not too long ago that tried to force others out of business and strongarm them into doing it their way. 

    They can’t keep this attitude forever.  It will come back to bite them in the form of an Antitrust lawsuit.

  • mrswine

    So sad. Should have taken your intellectual beatdown like a man. Now you’ve once again shown what is either a failure to read or a failure to think. 
    Not one commenter EVER said anything about Apple’s marketshare. Not one. And Apple has certainly never said anything about even WANTING the lead. And yet you try to cover your tracks with that trite old chestnut instead of just admitting, “Hey, I went off half-cocked about the ‘Post-PC’ thing without really asking what it meant in context.” But, OK, if you’re going there… according to IDC’s numbers, Apple sold more iPhones than the entire number of Windows PCs and Macs shipped last quarter. Add in other iOS devices and Android products shipped in the quarter, and PCs were as DOMINATED as your arguments have been. Or are you so myopic that you really thought “Post-PC” was only about Mac vs. Windows?On another front: you spent 3 large on a laptop! It would be ludicrous to just turn and walk away if someone said “We know it’s a problem and we don’t plan to fix it!” (which, btw, contradicts everything we know about how Apple and its stores work… but hey, it’s your story, and if you’re sticking to it, go back and tell them it’s unacceptable, and then don’t quit until you’ve got a working system or your money back – instead of this passive-aggressive “Ooh, big bad Apple” silliness).

  • cottenhamr

    Is it Mr. Swine? or Mrs. Wine? 

    We are talking about PCs (computers).  That was the whole point of the argument, quit lumping PHONE sales in with computer sales.  It’s still just a phone and will not anytime soon have the power that a full computer has and therefore unless there is a device that can completely replace the PC or Mac desktop computer quit calling it the Post-PC era. 

    Apple is a consumer electronics company and nothing more.  They are a for profit company.  If you don’t believe what I am saying about the 17″ Macbooks having a screen issue that Apple is well aware of and will NOT fix do a little searching.  You will find that the 13s and 15s do NOT have this problem but the 17s do.

    You are clearly one of those consumers that has had the covers pulled over your eyes and believes whatever you hear from Apple.  I feel sorry for you that your eyes are closed and don’t know the truth.  Apple hardware is overpriced and aside (till 2012) only has one difference and that is the thunderbolt port. 

    Look at it like this take two cars let’s say a Taurus.  You can deck one of them out, give it a slick paintjob and a spoiler, maybe some sweet rims that make the girls scream, but at the end of the day the engine is the same.

    The problem with 90% of Apple customers is they still believe somehow that their pretty Macbook is better.  It’s nothing more than being an elitist. 

    Open your eyes.  Price out building or buying a PC that can run OSX vs the equivalent that Apple wants to sell you.  Watch how much money you can save. 

    Little things like dropping the NAS support for devices you already own or making it void your warranty if you swap your hard drive in one of the 2011 iMacs or how about the hard drives in the new iMac 2011s having a special connector so the fan will spin full speed if you use a third party hard drive. 

    Apple locks you in.  Hook line and sinker.  Just feels to me that the people who allow that to happen aren’t that bright. 

    iMac breaks at 10pm on a Saturday night got a paper due for work.  Can’t fix it yourself because you want someone else to do the work for you.  Got to make an appointment at the Genius bar.  Full the next day.  When you go two days later they say you will be without it for a week. 

    That is NOT the world I want to live in.  Meanwhile I have already fixed my computer.

  • cottenhamr

    Is it Mr. Swine? or Mrs. Wine? 

    We are talking about PCs (computers).  That was the whole point of the argument, quit lumping PHONE sales in with computer sales.  It’s still just a phone and will not anytime soon have the power that a full computer has and therefore unless there is a device that can completely replace the PC or Mac desktop computer quit calling it the Post-PC era. 

    Apple is a consumer electronics company and nothing more.  They are a for profit company.  If you don’t believe what I am saying about the 17″ Macbooks having a screen issue that Apple is well aware of and will NOT fix do a little searching.  You will find that the 13s and 15s do NOT have this problem but the 17s do.

    You are clearly one of those consumers that has had the covers pulled over your eyes and believes whatever you hear from Apple.  I feel sorry for you that your eyes are closed and don’t know the truth.  Apple hardware is overpriced and aside (till 2012) only has one difference and that is the thunderbolt port. 

    Look at it like this take two cars let’s say a Taurus.  You can deck one of them out, give it a slick paintjob and a spoiler, maybe some sweet rims that make the girls scream, but at the end of the day the engine is the same.

    The problem with 90% of Apple customers is they still believe somehow that their pretty Macbook is better.  It’s nothing more than being an elitist. 

    Open your eyes.  Price out building or buying a PC that can run OSX vs the equivalent that Apple wants to sell you.  Watch how much money you can save. 

    Little things like dropping the NAS support for devices you already own or making it void your warranty if you swap your hard drive in one of the 2011 iMacs or how about the hard drives in the new iMac 2011s having a special connector so the fan will spin full speed if you use a third party hard drive. 

    Apple locks you in.  Hook line and sinker.  Just feels to me that the people who allow that to happen aren’t that bright. 

    iMac breaks at 10pm on a Saturday night got a paper due for work.  Can’t fix it yourself because you want someone else to do the work for you.  Got to make an appointment at the Genius bar.  Full the next day.  When you go two days later they say you will be without it for a week. 

    That is NOT the world I want to live in.  Meanwhile I have already fixed my computer.

  • Twitch1234

    I’m not sure I like it that much. The “improvements” result in more problems and I don’t quite like the feel of it.

    I want a PC feel, not an iPhone/iPad feel to it. After all I’m controlling it with a keyboard and mouse.

    I think Apple should actually look to the latest version of Ubuntu and see if they can make a few similar functions – and improve up on them. OS X was modern and good when it came out. I feel like they’ve used to much resources on iPods/iPhones/iPads and there was not enough left for the developers of Lion. Like someone came straight from the development team of iPad and said.. hey.. I got some code here we can recycle and port over.

    Maybe another few days will change my opinion – but I have both windows based PCs and a few running a few Linux distros too – so I will always compare the different systems. . .  I think the developers should think more about who their customers are. If you just want to surf the web – they have the iPad. For the rest of us that is supposed to work quick and effectively to make a profit and reach deadlines – they need to look at the basics with the OS. What made it (OS X) better then Windows when it came out? How have the competitors developed/changed their OS? Have the competitors ideas and design logic that differ from ours? Do they have a few good ideas we can plain and dirty just copy?
    The demographics have changed. I (we) want power and efficiency to run the software I use for work and also for my personal use. I don’t want a semi toy where I can run apps just for my entertainment.

  • mrswine

    Who’s the “we” talking only about computers? When Steve coined the term “Post-PC era” he wasn’t talking about computers. 

    Still not getting that whole thing that “Post-PC era” doesn’t mean we think there’s no more need for PCs, are you?

    Friend, I’ve been in this industry as long as you have, and yes, I’m in the industry and not a consumer that has the “wool pulled over his eyes.” (Anytime I hear somebody say that, I just have to laugh. Go get yourself a tinfoil hat, because the spooks are after you, too!) 

    Point me to a reference to this problem if you’re so sure Apple’s not fixing it. (Seriously, I’m not going to do your legwork for you. It’s just so much blah blah until you can prove that any of this isn’t just in your head.)

    The Taurus analogy is a joke. Look at Consumer Reports, talk to repair centers. Macs ARE built differently, and better than their competitors. They DO have a lower repair incidence. 

    “Apple locks you in.  Hook line and sinker.  Just feels to me that the people who allow that to happen aren’t that bright.” And yet… you bought one! Right? 

    Wait… you fixed your computer? What again were you complaining about?

    This story just keeps getting stranger. Except, Scully, I’m no longer convinced the truth is out there.

  • cottenhamr

    So Steve coined a term Post-PC and he wasn’t talking about computers.  PC=Personal Computer which would make the phrase Post Personal Computer.  Right? Or am I missing that Apple changed the English language.  Wouldn’t Post-PC Centric be better then?

    I am not saying covers over the eyes like some conspiracy theory.  I am saying it because there are some people that believe whatever they are told.  Like you for instance.  Macs are build different than their competitors?

    They are built different?  By different do you mean in the same FoxConn factory that PC motherboards, video cards, and cases are made in?  It is also quite strange that only the section of the FoxConn factory that builds Apple products has an extremely high suicide rate.
    http://www.foxconnchannel.com/

    I bought a Macbook pro because I liked some of the features.  I am also heavily skilled in unix so I could put my skills to use there. I am not going to fix a laptop that I just dropped $3k on and when they lied saying it was ok, only to be told by a manager of the same store when I made a third trip there that it is a known issue I walked as a customer.

    I still own two iPads and two iPhones.  I think they make great consumer electronics.  When you say they have a lower repair incidence, of course they do.  They are barely on the map when it comes to market share for desktop computers.

    Steve will die/leave Apple.  Apple will fall again.  Jonathan Ive will finally get credit for creating all the products that Steve got credit for.

    Apple will be a niche again very soon.  Android has already surpassed the iPhone and iPad will soon be surpassed as the top tablet.

    As far as the 17″ Backlight problem here is a discussion that dates back to 2009
    https://discussions.apple.com/

    Sorry guy (er girl don’t know you didn’t answer), you lose.

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  • Brad Ashburn

    Regarding Airdrop, every review I’ve read makes it seem like it works with any Mac running Lion when in fact it only works with very recent machines with a certain wi-fi chip. Kind of a bummer; I’ve got four Macs around my place doing various things, but Airdrop is only active on the MBP I purchased this year.

  • mrswine

    Once again, did the whole “post-industrial” argument just slide right by you? We don’t say “post-industry-centric,” and Steve didn’t say “Post-PC-centric” for the same reason – it would really help you to listen and think. And no, you DON’T understand idiomatic English if you don’t get that “Post-” when used in societal history terms (i.e., with “age” or “era”) is not simply a designation of time, but of societal focus.

    The discussion that dates back to 2009… is about products made in 2009. Not current MacBook Pros. They’re not the same screens. Now I know you’re full of it.
    FoxConn doesn’t build MacBooks (they build those “consumer electronics” devices you’re so fond of). Stunning how much you know. And again, you claim to have known about the suicides – not in any way caused by Apple, by the way – and STILL you buy Apple products. Must not be that big a deal to you – yet you bring it up as though it somehow condemns Apple as a company.

    So did you return the MacBook? Saying “I’m not going to fix it” seems to be just a childish fit. Grownups get things resolved. Apple has a phone number and a customer satisfaction team. Use it or stop yapping.

    Apple’s repair incidence is much lower relative to total sales, not just because there are fewer Macs. Oh, wait, now you’ve reduced it to desktop computers, even though you bought a notebook. Hmmm. (BTW, the third largest PC seller in the US is a little more than “barely on the map.”)
    Lose what? An intellectual gun fight where you didn’t even bring a knife (corkscrew logic, maybe)?

  • cottenhamr

    This was my first new purchase of an Apple computer.  I had others through work or ebay or whatever but I never purchased a new one from Apple before.  So I went all out and bought the best I could buy in a laptop form.  Just so you understand the sequence of events and why it left a hateful taste in my mouth.

    -I bought the laptop. 2011 Macbook Pro 2.3, 8GB, 240GB SSD.
    -Was editing a photo in the dark with no wallpaper.
    -Noticed spotlights on the bottom of my screen.
    -Made an appointment with the Genius bar the next day.
    -The Genius took it in the back because you couldn’t see it with the lighting in the retail space.
    -He came out and said there is definitely an issue.
    -It took nearly 45 minutes of paperwork.
    -He took the new one in the back said he turned the brightness all the way up and didn’t see a problem.
    -I took it home and the same problem exists.
    -I took it back and a manager took it in back, said yes he saw the problem.  He said it is a known issue and has been on the 17s for a while.  Apple has no plans to fix it.  He said my option was to return it or buy a different product.
    -I returned it.
    -I went home and did some more research and found out that 1 in 10 has this issue and if you return it enough times you will get one that works.

    That is NOT good customer service.  That is NOT a good product.  Why would I continue to buy products from a company that has an attitude like that?

  • mrswine

    One in ten?

    Where was your research done? I found NO evidence of this. ANYWHERE.
    I’ve never EVER heard of an Apple Store manager (a) admitting that something is an existing problem (violates every Apple rule on hardware service – I cannot tell you how I know this, but I do) and (b) telling someone they wouldn’t replace a product unless they weren’t selling the product anymore (contrary to every repair incident I’ve followed, and I’ve followed several because of professional involvement). That’s the part of this story that has me baffled… did you call Apple?

    This is NOT the way Apple supports its products. You had every right to talk to Apple Customer Satisfaction to get this solved.

    Glad you’ve finally given up on the rest of your silly argument.

  • MattH

    ” Apple is getting rid of the scrollbar in favor of directly interacting with pages. ”  

    Interacting directly with pages is fun.. until you find some long article (or long blog page)  on the web, and you find that touch scrolling just doesn’t let you scroll long distances quickly enough. 

    The thing I always liked about scroll bars is that no matter how long a web page or list or whatever, you could always get, say, halfway down with just a click (one click!).

    That’s why Lion (by default) let’s you click positions on this new style of subtle scroll bar when you want to jump around, instead of repetitive finger flicking.   

    (And for those who wish Safari on iOS could do this, you can check the App Store for alternative browsers, some of which have quick scrolling features.)

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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