Over these last few days, I have had some time to digest the tech news coming out of WWDC 2011. With this article, I want to give my thoughts on Mac OSX Lion, the next release of Mac OSX which is coming out in July. If you read my WWDC 2011 roundup, then you will know that Lion will be coming out in July 2011. You will also know that it will cost $29.99 to upgrade to it from Snow Leopard(the current version of Mac OSX), and it is only available from the Mac App Store.
Sure, Lion has some fancy new features, but I think that the upgrade path to Lion is very restrictive. Of course, if you have Snow Leopard, then you can get access to the Mac App Store. This means that you can only upgrade to Mac OSX Lion if you have Snow Leopard on your machine.
First of all, Apple are sending out a clear message that you have to spend more money in the following ways just to get Lion.
- Get rid of your old mac and upgrade to a newer mac.
- If you are on Leopard(Mac OSX 10.5) or lower, then you have to buy OSX Snow Leopard just to get Lion
The next problem, is to do with internet connections. Apple need to realise that not everybody has a super fast internet connection. This means that very few people could actually download OSX Lion properly. Additionally, the internet service providers(ISPs) restrict the customers’ usage of the internet with data caps. These restrict customers to downloading a certain amount of data a month. Some people may have to then go over their cap for the month just to download Lion. After all, the download is going to be 4GB big(roughly the same as 1000 songs).
On top of that, there are some people who have a mac, but don’t have an internet connection. I can completely understand that. They may not have enough money for an internet connection, they may not want to be connected to the internet. They also may have a mobile internet connection on their phone, which they are sharing with people in their house.
These people who want Mac OSX Lion, but don’t have a way of getting it want to get a physical install DVD which they can use to install OSX Lion on their laptop. In short, I think that Apple have done some thinking about the best upgrade path, but they have not thought properly about it. I just hope that Apple come to their senses and offer people an option to get an OSX Lion installation DVD.