Apple Lion: 5 things you need to know

1. Integration could pose challenges. Possibly the biggest issue with Lion has been how it gets along with existing applications-especially Adobe's-because it doesn't support Flash. Both sides say they are working on this, but for now this limitation restricts the use of Adobe applications. Bryson Payne, CIO of North Georgia College and State University, says, "if these [Adobe] issues aren't 100 percent resolved, we'll halt the rollout of Lion completely." Tom Catalini, VP of IT at William Gallagher Associates, also noted that the download and upgrade process was anything but quick: "It was confusing at points because the install process did not report a lot of progress."

2. It has an iPad feel. Lion has an iPad-like feel that makes personal computing easier and more intuitive without trying to re-create the tablet experience. As Tim Bajarin, president of consultancy Creative Strategies, explains it, gestures on the trackpad create the feeling of a touch screen. But he doesn't believe users want to do everything the iPad way. "If I'm using the Mac, I'm producing content; if I'm using my iPad, I'm consuming it," he says. "If they were going to carry over iOS to Macs, they would have created Macs with touch screens." Another new feature that channels iPads is Launchpad, which allows you to clear all applications in one swipe and thumb through multiple desktops.

3. New features protect work. The new auto-save feature saves all the changes you make to your work-either when you pause, or every five minutes-not in files, but by versions. And a new feature called "resume" brings crashed applications back to life exactly as you left them. Meanwhile, iCloud, which is scheduled to launch this fall and is free for the basic service, will allow you to back up your work in the cloud so it can be accessed from an iPhone, iPad or home device, making it easier to switch between a computer and mobile devices or to work at home.

4. It's available in the app store. Lion is downloaded through the App Store and can be transferred to as many licensed computers as you'd like via a single corporate redemption code. Bajarin says Apple users are used to downloading software this way and competitors need to catch up. "Microsoft and cronies have to figure out a way to do this," he says. Payne agrees it's convenient. "People are used to buying apps the iPad way."

5. It's easy and cheap. The price is low enough to tempt a closer look. It's cheaper than Windows 7 (businesses can purchase 20 licenses for $29.99 each). Bajarin expects quick adoption because "cost of entry is so nominal and Apple has showed everyone that the learning curve is small."

Follow Editorial Assistant Lauren Brousell on Twitter: @lbrousell.

Read more about consumer in CIO's Consumer Drilldown.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags integrationAppleoperating systemssoftwareapplicationsMacOSdownloadApplications | ConsumerMac OSApple Lion

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lauren Brousell

CIO (US)
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?