What are Apple Fritter's views on the new Mountain Lion announcement?
Like Snow, I think it's just a minor Lion upgrade; aesthetically anyway. I personally hate the direction Apple is taking the Mac OS. Aqua is pretty much gone, Rosetta and the friendly interface is dead. I also don't like the continual merge with iOS.
Apple is forcing obsolescence like no company I have ever seen. Computers they were selling in 2009 will not be compatible with ML, seriously? It's ridiculous, I am happy to continue using Tiger and 9.2.2 for as long an I can. But they are moving Macs faster than ever before... I wonder if Steve Jobs would approve
The fact that the way things are going, making my computer being relavant for possibly less than another year is kind of upsetting...especially since I've had it for a little over a year.
I think that the model of perpetual obsolescence is ridiculous just because they want to get rid of the intel chipsets.
I don't plan on upgrading, and I'm happy with the Mac that I have, so file me under the "does not care" category.
My 2008-model Intel Mac mini is running just fine with OS X 10.5.8. The only upgrade I might make would be to upgrade the RAM from 1 GB to 2 GB, but other than that, I'm fine with it.
The bloatware fest continues. It does push further product integration, but AppleTV still has a max resolution 720, and the next version of HiDef beyond 1080p is being previewed. If they all of a sudden announce support for BluRay playback and creation, ala iDVD & iMovie, I'd be interested. Too bad they lost the ideal of supporting the home user doing content creation. I put that blame squarely on SJ's plate. iCloud seems like a security nightmare waiting to happen (I'd like to be wrong about that, cause it's gonna hurt when it hits the fan), as does Versions. Time Capsule bugs me too. I really plan on shopping for new hardware within the next 6 months to a year, and I'd love it to be Apple (PowerMac), but frankly HP is looking pretty good right now.
If Apple continues to keep it up like they have been, I'll take toshiba a little more seriously.....Toshiba does make decent hardware, correct?
Like most new Apple stuff, Mountain Lion looks good. If I were "moving up" to a brand new MacBook Air, I would definitely be interested. Apple provides a robust operating system. I don't use things like iOS devices and iCloud, however being a hacker, I do use things like XCode, VirtualBox, Wine (for Mac OS X), and emulators which work well on Mac OS X. It would be nice to be able to run the latest version of XCode, however, Apple seems to be moving more and more towards ditching a lot of the open source stuff. Some of the so-called new Apps for Mountain Lion that have come from iOS remind me of Lotus Notes (Apple's iCloud smelling like IBM time sharing) and HyperCard stacks, you know the same old same old software for Address Books, Reminders, Notes, etc... nothing new really, just slicker.
As it is, I am stuck with earlier versions of Mac OS X, running on older Mac hardware. The older versions are "good enough" for me. I have disabled the App Store, and the novelty of iTunes has worn off for me. All those so-called new features: store, genius, ping, videos, etc... just turn me off. I mostly play music using non-Apple devices, and watch videos using VLC, HTML5 and sadly flash. The handheld device runs Android. I am using Linux more and more. Maybe someday my Macs will run Linux as their primary OS, and the latest version of iO$ X can go live in the sandbox with the other proprietary behemoths.