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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.
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, make backup discs, follow all best practices for upgrading to Lion and even test drive Lion on an external drive 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 sent to you. And even if it does work, you’ll probably spend the best part of a day tweaking Lion to your liking.
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?
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?