November 12, 2011
For those of you that subscribe to the ScottWorld Newsletter, you already know that ScottWorld does NOT endorse Mac OS X Lion, Apple’s newest operating system.
We found a wonderful article on this topic that currently has almost 100 comments from people explaining why it’s a terrible idea to upgrade to Lion.
One of our favorite comments is from somebody who calls Lion a “toy operating system”, which we couldn’t agree with more.
If you actually need to get REAL work done on your Mac, if you depend on being productive throughout your day instead of being hampered by one limitation after another, if you actually need to use your Address Book* on your Mac, if you want to save yourself thousands of dollars in upgrade fees, if you want to keep your Mac humming at a fast speed, if you want to keep your Mac bug-free… then AVOID LION AT ALL COSTS until Apple forces you to upgrade.
Unfortunately, the date when Apple will force you to upgrade to Lion is coming sooner than we’d like, because of 3 factors:
1. Apple’s discontinuation of MobileMe in June 2012.
2. Apple’s insistence that iCloud will only work with Lion.
3. The dwindling reserve of new Snow Leopard Macs available to purchase.
So the latest date that most people will be able to delay upgrading to Lion will be June 2012, which we think is truly criminal on Apple’s part.
For your ultimate happiness, follow our advice: Stick with Snow Leopard for as long as you possibly can. If you need to buy a new Mac, there are only a very small handful of iMacs, MacBook Airs, and MacBook Pros available on amazon.com that are still shipping with Snow Leopard. But once those are gone, you will be hard-pressed to find any new Snow Leopard Macs for purchase. Some of the refurbished Macs on Apple’s website MIGHT ship with Snow Leopard, but Apple doesn’t reveal on their website what operating system you’ll be getting with each refurbished Mac. Your local Mac reseller might have a couple Snow Leopard Macs available, too.
*Both Address Book and iCal are absolutely terrible & completely unusable in Lion. Luckily, we have a fantastic replacement for iCal in the form of BusyCal, but there are no current replacements for Address Book.