Apple recently announced Mac OS X Lion, the eight major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. It comes with more than 250 new features, and it’s available today as a download from the Mac App Store for just $29.99.
In an extensive review of the operating system, Ars Technica recommended Lion. They noted that it feels like it is the start of a new line of operating systems that will continue to be influenced by Apple’s iOS platform. The review also compared the introduction of Lion, along with its new conventions that change traditional ways of computing, to the original Mac OS X and when it replaced the classic Mac OS.
Macworld called Lion a “radical revision”, praising the changes made to the operating system to be more user friendly to new Mac users that are familiar with the iOS interface, while criticizing the limited utility of the interface. Ultimately, the magazine considered Lion an operating system worth getting, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
guardian.co.uk called Lion a substantial improvement from its predecessors, and considered it a “steal” given its price.
However, not all reviews were positive. For instance, Gizmodo stated that the new interface “feels like a failure” and concluded by saying that “it doesn’t feel like a must-have upgrade”.
- x86-64 CPU (Macs with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Xeon processor.)
- At least 2GB of RAM
- Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later (Mac OS X 10.6.8 is recommended)
- 7 GB of free hard drive space is recommended
- AirDrop is supported on the following Mac models: MacBook Pro (late 2008 or newer), MacBook Air (late 2010 or newer), MacBook (late 2008 or newer), iMac (early 2009 or newer), Mac mini (mid 2010 or newer), Mac Pro (early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card and mid 2010 or newer).