Why I think OS X Mountain Lion is worth an upgrade

38 thoughts on “Why I think OS X Mountain Lion is worth an upgrade”

  1. Funny how all these people who insisted mobile is a vastly different experience from desktop to justify developing unique, new mobile experiences now for some reason think that it’s great that desktop should more closely emulate mobile.

    1. The problem with your thesis is that these aren’t “mobile” behaviors. For example, the increasing numbers of multi-touch trackpad gestures leverage the iOS experience in a way that doesn’t involve touching the screen.

      In many ways, this is just the user breaking out of the browser mindset to discover that all of his or her apps are, to a greater or lesser extent, hyper-specialized browsers.

      I fully expect the trackpad surface to grow in size to accommodate ten fingers worth of multi-touch interaction.

      1. I respectfully disagree! I didn’t have all these behavior until recently when I actually started using iPad for most of my on the go computing. Today, notifications seem like a better way to interact with inflow of information and I was trained by iPhone and iPad. I think it is hard to go specific but I would argue that mobile devices have redefined our interaction expectation with machines.

  2. WARNING: Apple’s new “Mountain Lion” OS is infected with a serious virus.

    MORCUT VIRUS CHARACTERISTICS
    – Allows others to access the computer
    – Drops more malware
    – Downloads code from the internet
    – Reduces system security
    – Dropped by malware
    – Leaves files on computer
    – Enables remote access

    More info: http://www.sophos.com/en-us/threat-center/threat-analyses/viruses-and-spyware/OSX~Morcut-A.aspx

    Apple is institutionally complacent about security. They famously never even attend the regular Black Hat security conference which everyone else in the industry supports. Apple customers are therefore advised to exercise special caution to ensure that Apple’s negligence doesn’t leave them with a serious problem.

    1. Bullsh@t. This isn’t a virus, it’s a Trojan that is not found in the wild, meaning that they acquired it somewhere. It is not known whether this Trojan can affect Mountain Lion since they don’t it to test it on. It works thru using the flash updater and uses java.

      Do some f@cking research before posting BS.

  3. Om, if you talk to Apple PR can you ask whether they’re going to distribute Mountain Lion on a USB Thumb Drive as they did (rather obscurely) with Lion? It was way easier for those of us with multiple Macs.

  4. I’m disappointed. My late 2007 Mac hardware qualifies for Mountain Lion. But it doesn’t qualify for Airplay mirroring? What’s up with that? Airplay mirroring was the reason I wanted Mountain Lion. NOT buying it now.

    1. It has to do with the fact that the GPU in your 2007 Mac does not support Airplay Mirroring. Many features in Mountain Lion are GPU dependent.

  5. This is all mostly fluff. How does the OS perform in general compared to Lion and Snow Leopard for everyday things? Show some performance benchmarks. I downgraded back to Snow Leopard for performance reasons on my mid 2009 Macbook Pro. Lion was just too sluggish in comparison. Has that been remedied in ML? I don’t want to waste $20 (granted, cheap compared to Windows upgrades) and end up going through the grief of downgrading again if it is too slow on my hardware.

  6. I’m having a GREAT experience with Mountain Lion. The spinning pinwheel of doom has disappeared for all my applications except for the Mac App Store. Documents in the cloud has made it dead simple to work on whatever device is closest.

  7. I’m still impressed by the fact that you have free dictation software built into an operating system.

    Even now, Dragon Dictate for Mac costs $200. Yes DDfM is more fully featured, but its worth noting that you get essentially 80% of the capability for $20 (or less if you’re doing the upgrade for other reasons).

  8. Running it on 4 different dated computers. So far, Mountain Lion is solid and faster on all of them. Especially an older Aluminum MBP. Much less beach ball time. Certainly worth the 20.00

  9. I noticed that the top image shows Facebook in the share menu. Did I miss something because I cannot find where to add my Facebook account to the list of share services…

  10. I am struggling with Messages. I was a big iChat user and used it to interface with Facebook chat and Google Talk among others. I am guessing I will get use to it and it may be primarily a layout issue but right now it seems real wonky to me.

  11. Please don’t flame me for not caring about messages, sharing, and the new mobile features, I just don’t care about them. Eye one and Tivo to Mac along with Apple TV did what Air Play does for me, I had no problem downloading and installing it. I’m would like to turn off the notifications, don’t care about Facebook, Messages etc, I am just happy with the OS performance improvements if that makes any sense. The dictation feature goes through Apple servers, so I am not sure I like that either. The upgrade was worth the performance improvements 200% definitely. I don’t like the new Safari and they said I’d have to put the former version back in from a backup. I’m not willing to do that just now. Firefox is fine.

  12. Mountain Lion is the first upgrade I’m doing (on one of my Macs) to solve a problem rather than for new features.

    My company bought a new dev system back in December, a top-of-the-line iMac with maxed-out CPU and enough RAM and HD space that I can run half a dozen VMWare Fusion VMs at the same time. As an upgrade from my (still solidly working) Early 2008 iMac, it’s been a joy — except for one thing.

    This Mid-2011 iMac loses the Wi-Fi connection regularly, when neither the 2008 iMac, a Mid-2009 MacBook Pro nor a Mid-2011 Mac mini Server have the problem. I’m running developer prerelease builds of 10.8 on the 2008 iMac and the MBP; the mini is still on Lion until I get the new iMac moved over.

    I hope that Mountain Lion fixes the Wi-Fi problems; this is a constantly-used work system, and the seemingly random interruptions are both highly uncharacteristic of my experience with Macs and extremely disruptive.

    But I’ll still take a flaky Mac over apparently flawless Linux or Windows systems… too many years of banging my head trying to get work done on those.

  13. Great, one step in the wrong direction. I want a computer not a tweeter.

    The whole world isn’t addicted to tweeting and facebooking, and even less are interested in reading all the nonsense that comes out of all the tweeters and facebookers. I reckon those who are addicted to social media are also those whom are addicted to soap operas and reality tv – anything to stir that drama brain into being consumed by the content society feeds you.

    No thanks apple, i dont need your twittering facebook update.

  14. I have a 5-year-old MacBook Pro that is slowly but surely dying (it currently needs a new screen and keyboard so I am propping it up and using a wireless keyboard). It costs as much for a new PC laptop than it will to fix my screen so that is what I have been considering, in all honesty.

    I shirked away from Lion after hearing about all its incompatibilities with Windows stuff and although the automatic saving sounds like a godsend, I just wasn’t bought. Now that Moutain Lion is here, it seems incredibly appealing.

    My main interest and what brought me here is of course iCloud.

  15. I did not finish my comment -sighs-
    Anyway, I am all about integration these days as my phone is my calendar. Now that I do not have an iPhone, however, syncing certain Mac-only apps with my phone is awkward. MobileMe would probably do the trick but it seems not to exist anymore, of course.

    My whole issue is that while Mountain Lion looks worthy, I do not want to upgrade my old hunk of junk when I am probably just going to get a new computer.
    And the less Apple products I own, the less I feel like I need them. While I’ve been with them for so long, I concur that it is best to buy the more coast-efficient products.

    Is it worth it to update from a Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion on a computer that is not in the best of shape (my harddrive has given out a few times and luckily restored a few times as well)? Would it increase performance and possibly smooth out some of these errors or is my computer truly doomed (I am prepared for the worst)?

  16. I’m basically just a writer who uses browser for research and textedit and scrivener for writing purposes – so you could say I’m a light user indeed.

    ( I do have MBP 13″ early 2011 2.3Ghz Intel Core i5 with SSD and 8GB mem, so with my workload I’m always expecting everything to happen pretty much instantly – however this is not always the case… )

    So far after reluctantly migrating from Snow Leopard to Lion:

    * Turning off computer (still) takes a little lifetime (previously it was instant). Turning computer on (still) takes longer.

    Yes, I still switch off my laptop, Airport Express plus broadband modem… every day, at least once. I’m a firm believer in electronics lasting longer this way plus it’s a tiny bit better for the planet as well when it comes to drawing unnecessary power.

    * Waking up from sleep isn’t instant (it was before).

    * Hated auto-save, auto-resume, iOS-type “quick launcher” and either opted out or just never use them.

    * Turned off all eye candy to preserve more battery life as it is the single most important factor for having and owning a laptop to begin with.

    Mountain Lion:

    * Will want to opt-out from using notification bar, twitter & facebook integration, gatekeeper, power naps… as I absolutely hate clutter and never use twitter or facebook, and I do not want OS to do jack shit without first asking me to.

    My question to you folks is then will Mountain Lion start and switch off faster, and will it consume less battery (upgrading is free for me)?

    Just about the only potentially useful new feature might possible be the improved iCloud – might I finally bid farewell to Dropbox?

    Also, people insist the new Safari is faster than Chrome. Has it something to do with Google and Apple not wanting to sleep with one another anymore – or what gives?

    What I would really want to know is will Safari suck less resources and kick on the fan less than using Chrome?

    I switched to Chrome because at the time it supported full-screen browsing natively (rarely use though.. so that’s probably a moot point by now to be honest) and used a single search box. I know Safari can now do this too.

    Also turning off ads and killing flash as a default was super easy with Chrome. And I like the fact that you can look up word definitions just by double clicking on them.

    Is reading web pages offline really as easy and straight-forward as “tagging” a page in Safari and then looking it up from some reading list? I hate using third party extensions for multiple reasons and I really only want to bookmark sites that I actually will want to use more than once.

    Should I switch back to Safari and why?

  17. Hello Om,

    I am glad I came across your article to make a sensible decision. I have a 2008 aluminum macbook 13 inches and after I installed Lion it, it got very slow and I used to see the horrible pinwheel of doom most of the times. After reading most of the comments, I feel that Mountain Lion seems to be much better performance wise. When I got this macbook, I had Leopard and after that I installed all the OS that came along. I have heard that if your computer gets old, your HDD gets cluttered with a lot of useless stuff so do you think I should do a clean install to get a better performace (which is very inconvenient I know but I can manage for the sake of a better performance in the long run) or would you suggest that an upgrade would do fine?

    I’d really appreciate your help here.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Jawad (Pakistan)

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