Apple OS X Lion Released Today

Today Apple released OS X Lion, the latest iteration of its operating system (version 10.7 to be exact). Much of what Lion brings to the table was inspired by iOS. This version of OS X seems like a bit of a change in direction by Apple, whereas Snow Leopard (version 10.6) was merely a refinement of Leopard (version 10.5, which itself was change in direction as well). I’m interested to see how much I’ll like the new Mac experience.

The truly unique aspect of this OS is the way the upgrade is purchased. All upgrades will be available only via download through the Mac App Store. I don’t think I like the fact that to reinstall OS X from scratch I’ll first need to install Snow Leopard. However, I intend to try out these instructions on how to burn a Lion boot disc as described by The Unofficial Apple Blog, so maybe it won’t be such a big deal for me after all.

My personal Mac might not receive the update for a while. I want to wipe my computer and start from scratch, which will be a bit of an undertaking. I have an up-to-date Time Machine backup but I’m also going to give SuperDuper a try for a little extra insurance. (I also have a Mozy offsite backup of my data and most of my day-to-day files are saved in Dropbox.)

I highly recommend reading this review of Lion by Shawn Blanc (@shawnblanc). Of course, there’s always Apple’s OS X Lion page for the official list of features.

Do me a favor. Buy Lion via this link. It’s an affiliate link, so I’ll get a small kickback if you use it to purchase the OS (about $1 per purchase).


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  1. smoriak says

    While I know there are cool things both under, and on top of, the hood, I don't think I'll be upgrading any time soon. Maybe it is my penchant for being a generation behind (video games, OS, music and fashion choices, jokes, etc) but I don't see how this will make any difference for me right now. Granted my computer is about to turn 4 years old, and that might have something to do with it, but I don't do enough of the cool things in 10.6 as it is to warrant getting 10.7. I'll honestly probably hold off on getting it until I get my next computer in a year or two or three.

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