5 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Upgrade to Lion Just Yet [Mac]

Angela Randall 09-09-2011

Apple users are renowned for being fans of new gadgets and operating system releases. With every new iOS release there are people worldwide lining up outside Apple stores overnight to get in first. So, it’s hardly surprising this stereotype has come about. In the pool of Mac users, amongst the die-hard “Cult of Mac” fans, there still remain plenty of sceptics who would prefer to sit back and watch how each new product is received before they rush out and buy it.


With Mac OS X’s latest release, Lion, it seems that the sceptics are feeling quite vindicated about now. In fact, many users are deciding that maybe “just waiting a little longer” is the best move after all. Sure, we’ll probably all upgrade eventually – but not just yet. Here’s why so many of us are still using Snow Leopard.

1. I Feel Like I Have Only Just Upgraded To Snow Leopard!

It’s hard to get excited about paying for a new OS release if you feel as if you only just paid for the last one. When the last release is still new and shiny to you, where’s the incentive?

2. There Are Far Too Many People Complaining About Lion Issues

One of the things Mac lovers really appreciate about Macs is that they just work. This is usually the Mac user’s final argument in any Windows/Linux/MacOS flame war – the Mac just works. So, when there are Mac fans all over the Internet complaining that Lion isn’t working for some reason, there’s a problem.

Why would anyone pay money and spend time to move from a perfectly usable, stable OS to one which isn’t yet stable? Okay, so some people might have their reasons, but for those people who just want their Mac to work with no worries, the point of upgrading to Lion just now is easily lost.

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Most of the problems seem to occur around installation too, which is not something you want to be wasting your time on. Although it’s possible to prepare yourself well for the upgrade Preparing For & Installing The Developer's Build Of OS X Lion [Mac] Apple will be releasing, perhaps as early as July 9th, its latest version of Mac OS X, Lion. Unlike with previous OS X updates, Lion will be significantly cheaper ($29,00), but getting your hands on... Read More , make backup discs, follow all best practices for upgrading to Lion An Extensive Guide On Upgrading To OSX Lion & Making Installation Disks [Mac] With OSX Lion in the App Store awaiting you, I’m sure some of you have some concerns about the upgrade process, so today I’m going to walk you through some of those concerns, give a... Read More and even test drive Lion on an external drive How To Install OSX Lion On An External Drive To Test It Out [Mac] One of the great things about Macs is that the OS is bootable on any Mac machine, regardless of which computer it was originally installed on. This means that if your desktop breaks, you can... Read More before fully taking the plunge, you may still find that the online upgrade doesn’t work and you need to get the Lion thumb drive Having Trouble Installing OS X Lion? Thumb Drives Bring New Hope [News] Apple’s decision to release OS X Lion exclusively through the Mac App Store was bound to cause a few problems, and indeed it has. According to an internal memo sent to Cupertino’s customer support, those... Read More sent to you. And even if it does work, you’ll probably spend the best part of a day tweaking Lion to your liking 10 Tips For Taming OS X Lion The user interface changes of Apple's new operating system, Lion, are obvious to experienced Mac users. But some of the changes might have you scratching your head. If you're a veteran Mac user, you probably... Read More .

3. I Don’t Have The Time To Get Used To The New Trackpad Gestures

Rumour has it that the new trackpad gestures are actually far better than the old ones, and it really is worth embracing the change. But personally, when I’m trying to work the last thing I need is to be yelling at myself for gesturing backwards. I just want to get the work done. Getting used to new gestures is just something I plan to deal with later.

4. Lion Has So Many Features I Will Never Use

While many of the new Lion features are fantastic and groundbreaking, there are plenty of new Lion features that many people know they will never use or appreciate. In the end, these users start to wonder why they should pay for something they won’t make use of.

New Lion features which fail to be universally loved include those inside Mail, Address Book and iCal, Autocorrect and Launchpad. Personally, I use web applications for calendars, email and contacts, I can type precisely what I mean to type and do not appreciate programs which change my words for me and I have far too many applications installed to even consider using Launchpad.


5. Conversely, There Are A Few Great Reasons For Upgrading

Some of the new Lion features are so universally loved that even the most reluctant Mac user might be tempted to upgrade to Lion. Mission control and Autosaving are two primary features which many users appreciate and love about Lion. But is it enough?

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Remaining On The Fence

Lion continues to tweak and upgrade, fixing the problems people are complaining about. It may be a couple more updates in the future before these fence-sitters are ready to take the plunge and install Lion.

Have you upgraded to Lion yet? Will you? Why or why not?


Related topics: OS X Mountain Lion, User Review.

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  1. Radioflyer08
    September 25, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Rosetta anyone?

  2. ResQBrett
    September 10, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Agreed. I upgraded but wouldn't do it again. Nothing that great here.

  3. Craig Cameron21
    September 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I took the plunge and upgraded. I have a 2 y/o macbook (white) with 4GB. Most of the new stuff I don't use - who would?, but I was always using Spaces and it is now much improved with Mission Control.

    Unfortunately, I've never seen so many spinning beach balls ever before. Chrome runs like a dog (a very old dog) and I find myself having to reboot often as the CPU cycles go through the roof. Mail keeps crashing when composing or replying to emails...I also use an Iomega external NAS drive with authentication which now works fine after running the various commands to weaken Lion's authentication.....

    For the first time I have regretted upgrading early, mostly because of the performance hit.

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 10, 2011 at 4:43 am

      Yeah, I think a lot of Apple's OS upgrading incentives really just exist to make you realise that you need to buy new hardware in order to run it efficiently. Very annoying!

  4. Rob Zaleski
    September 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I upgraded to Lion shortly after buying my Macbook Pro, so I didn't really get the chance to get acclimated to Snow Leopard. I have had zero issues with Lion, however. None of the issues I see other people having. Maybe I can count myself lucky, and I'm new to Mac, but I love Lion thus far. Mission control and launchpad are amazing, and the touch controls are so intuitive and easy to use. I'm hooked. 

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 10, 2011 at 4:41 am

      Lucky you!

    • Eugene
      September 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      the same's with mine, no issues at all!

  5. Brandon Brown
    September 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I upgraded to Lion on my 2010 MacBook Pro (i7, 8GB RAM, 64GB Kingston SSD). It's so fast!! But... there are some quirks.

    For instance: Upon booting up to the login screen after the install, the entire system locked up on me and began to run CPU cycles until it got so hot I could not touch the bottom of the notebook. It does this every 3rd or 4th time I restart/cold-boot, and sometimes will continue for 5 straight restarts.

    Another quirk is that currently, alot of Apps don't 100% support Lion yet... WHY NOT?! They seeded many, MANY alpha, pre-beta and beta builds to developers, and any good developer would take advantage of this to code for the platform. Now, don't get me wrong, its probably my fault for not investigating into the compatibility of some of my favourite Apps for Lion, but come-on!

    All-in-all however I love how Lion looks and feels. Mission Control and Launchpad are some of my favourite big features, as well as the new trackpad gestures. Not a big fan of the natural scrolling though.

    Just my 2-cents.

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 10, 2011 at 4:41 am

      I think the problem is that with so many OS upgrades, developers just don't have time to keep up. It's really annoying for users!

    • Aibek
      September 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      thanks for the input