5 Reasons why Apple’s Lion OS will NOT become the Vista of Apple


Let’s face it! The latest release from Apple’s stable of OSs is not an enticer. When Apple tried to squeeze the phone and tablet functionality into a Mac OS, it also had to sacrifice a few other well-loved features. Spaces and Expose. Also with the introduction of mobile-like apps into its laptop OS, Apple has tried to make the apps work like they work on a phone or a tablet – which explains the fullscreen concept. That’s perfectly fine but they forgot one crucial thing – users are OK with full screen apps on a tablet or phone because they open the app for one reason and they are bound to be focussed on that app. But laptop users like to multitask- a LOT. Which is why fullscreen apps might not be the best idea for a laptop.

Why? Some writers in the media world are even dubbing the Lion as the Vista of Apple. But Apple is still looking set a getting away with a few gaffes and will most likely become a Smash-hit. Here’s why:

1) Stability & Interoperability

One of the reasons why Vista was a huge flop was the fact that interoperability was a huge issue. While Microsoft should have fixed the dll issues with its hardware parts manufacturers, it didn’t. Also the fact that Microsoft boldly positioned Vista as a plug and play OS while half of the peripherals were struggling to either work or triggered BSODs which had us pulling our hair out. Apple has never had that issue because it has a tightly controlled hardware ecosystem and they squarely place the interoperability issues on the shoulders of the peripheral makers than take it on themselves. Also as a bottom-line improvement technique, they manufacture a small range of accessories themselves which work seamlessly with their hardware – and encourage their customers to buy these accessories. Even if the accessories cost an arm and a leg.

2) Integration with the iPhone and iPad

While the Lion might have tried to bring a number of successful features on the iPhone and the iPad to the Macbook… and failed, the the Lion OS definitely does a decent job integrating all the three devices. Each of the devices serve different purposes and Apple is the only tech company in the current situation who have found reasonable success in all three forms of hardware. You can’t blame them for trying to integrate and they are taking the right path by doing so. Just because it currently has some flaws doesn’t mean that it is a complete failure. The company is well known for its Delta Updates and they’ll try to mend whats not working well. Also I am aware of a number of users who want to buy a Macbook just because their iPhones/iPads integrate better.

3) iCloud

Apple in their WWDC demonstrated how seamlessly their iCloud worked. To give you a simple example, take a picture on your iPhone and immediately see it on your connected devices without having to run a back-up. And its all FREE till you reach a 5 GB limit. This is a neat little feature and once users get used to this luxury, there is no way they’ll feel comfortable in another OS. Worse, they’ll expect Windows and Linux to also come up with similar features. It is even more crucial for a business user – With the advent of the cloud, they can start work on a notes document on their iPad, pick up where they left off on a laptop and finish this document on an iPhone all with no extra cost of buying the Apple Office Suite between multiple devices. Cloud will form a major part of the reason why consumers will want to buy a Lion OS enabled device or upgrade.

4) Is there a choice?

Frankly, is there? A lot of consumers went back to a Windows XP when their Vista did not work and Microsoft’s clear separation between the OS and the hardware made sure that there were a gazillion different pirated versions of the Windows 98, 98SE, XP etc., floating around and users found it extremely easy to grab their favourite version of the OS and re-install it.

All MacBooks will sport the Lion OS the day it launches and even as of today, Snow Leopard stocks are dwindling in numbers on the retail shelves and a couple of weeks from the release date of the Lion OS, you can bet your ass that you won’t find a single copy of the Snow Leopard to buy. Yes, people who’ve already bought the Snow Leopard can roll back but Apple’s Lion issues are not THAT annoying for someone to perform a roll back.

5) Price & Version

I’ve reserved the best reason for the last – THE PRICE and VERSION. Windows even today confuses their consumers with an ENTERPRISE version, a BUSINESS version, a PREMIUM version, HOME & STUDENT version and a barebones version which is just not worth it. Apple on the other hand, have had only ONE single version and that had everything they wanted to put out on the market.

Consumers bought their business edition Vistas for a total cost price of $462.00 and needlessly to say they went mad with rage when they saw what was under the hood. In comparison, Apple sold their last OS – Snow Leopard for 129.00 and with the Lion they’re dropping it at a jaw-dropping $29.00 available to download straight from their app store. Those who do not have a fast download facility can just drop into their Apple stores to download it free of bandwidth cost. This is the lowest price any OS has been released in the market and there is no way Apple/non-Apple users will be able to ignore this price. After all users can buy this OS if they save up on a couple of days of lunch money.

Now where is that darned release date already?

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  1. Robearbeach says

    I have to say that Apple has hit on a strategy to make dramatic inroads against Windows. Like many, my first real computer was a Mac with two 5-1/4 floppy. It got me through law school from 1984 through 1987. When I went to work for a 1000 lawyer law firm in 1987, we still dictated our work on analog tape, sent it to word processing, marked up drafts with red pen and sent them back. The standard then was the now extinct "mini" running Wordperfect.

    By 1990 I was in a smaller but more technologically advanced firm with PCs on every lawyer's desk but they were used for one thing and one thing only: time keeping and billing.

    As we advanced and began using those PCs for legal research and light word processing, PCs and Windows became inextricably integrated in our minds, if not in reality. Virtually all law firms adopted MS Word as the exclusive platform for generating and exchanging electronic versions of documents. To this day, the two major legal research databases download documents in only 3 available formats: MS Word, RTF and PDF.

    Eventually operating my own law practice, I remained with PCs and Windows, becoming anxiety ridden at even the thought of switching to Apple and it's obviously superior hardware and operating system. At that time Apple hardware's price premium gave me the excuse I needed to stay with Windows and Word.

    I also had a Windows mobile phone. It crashed, froze and required a hobbyists mind set to keep it operating. When Sprint came out with its first iPhone knock off (Diamond) I jumped at the chance to abandon my stylus. Simultaneously, we switched to all laptops to allow us to readily take work home and occasionally tele-commute.

    One fateful day my Windows phone crashed, I took it to Sprint and the service tech told me that the performance I was getting was about the best I could expect. I loved Sprint's voice and data plans and pricing and I hated AT&T (a feeling that remains as strong today as then) but I wanted a phone that just worked. My assistant and I drove directly from Sprint to Bestbuy and bought 2 iPhones, paid our Sprint termination fees and never looked back. Within the month, everyone in the firm was on an iPhone.

    Meanwhile, we struggled with Vista on our new laptops until Windows 7 arrived. I still cringe when I reflect on the hundreds of hours wasted trying to make Vista function and on our semi-annual fres installs to keep Vista functional. When Windows 7 arrived, we upgraded a couple of machines with some trepidation but were initially pleasantly surprised at Windows' new. We were preparing for our planned replacement of most of our machines, which would ship with Windows 7, when I decided to take a look at Apple, knowing full well that I would be paying a substantial premium for hardware and thinking that integration with the MS Word and Excel formats used by every other law firm we dealt with would be problematic at best.

    I walked out of the Apple store with a business account discount on a Macbook Pro, an iPad, Office for Mac and Apple's competing suite, iWerks. Let the comparisons begin, I thought.

    The first thing I noticed was that the Macbook Pro 15 was far less than half the weight of the Dell Vostro 17's we had been lugging around and the footprint was just about the size of a legal pad.

    The second thing that began to dawn on me was that, while the hardware was a bit more expensive, the Apple software was markedly less expensive than Windows software. Finally, Apple's word processing and spreadsheet software allows saving documents in Microsoft's formats for sharing with colleagues and clients.

    Next, Apple announced its new pricing: $29.99 for their new operating system, $20.00 each for word processing, spreadsheet and powerpoint software, all of which can be loaded onto 5 machines at no extra charge.

    To top it off, at a small extra charge, Apple does all the training and provides all technical support on the phone or by appointment in the local store.

    Needless to say, we cancelled our Dell Windows PC order, bought a couple more Macbook Pros and are awaiting the release of the of the Macbook Air refresh for the balance of our machines. In the end, we have no problem with Microsoft office integration and I am spending about 20% less on tecnology than I was on windows based PCs, software and support.

    Be careful if you try an iPhone. It's like an entry drug and it can turn your life upside down. But, if you are ready for radical change, it can make your life much, much better.

  2. Mohasin Lists says

    IMO the reason why vista failed was the minimum RAM requirement that vista imposed. I am not sure if comparing the vista failure and OS X Lion failure (if it really becomes a failure) is correct. I do agree to some extent on the other points..

  3. RL S says

    I like my Mac computers, i've bought around 14 or 15 for myself and family since 1993. But as much as I like my Macs….I need the apps that run on them even more. Thats why I have a computer…to do things. OS Lion fails in that it will not run PPC or classic apps. Why is that important? Because my entire last 17 years of finances and business are on Quicken 2007 which will not run on OS Lion. 10 years of 5 different photography and special effects apps also will not run on Lion, and the list goes on.

    Why don't I just upgrade you ask? Because many of those programs (apps) are not being upgraded, ( or in the case of the new Quicken Essentials for Mac, they are cheesy weak crap) and why should I spend several hundreds of dollars to upgrade everything I've been doing for over 20 years.

    So as much as I like my Macs, this will not be an OS upgrade for me, which will come as a surprise to all the family who depend on me to keep their stuff up to date and running.

    Goodbye OS Lion and still loving you Snow Leopard again.