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Do I really need OS X Lion?


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running snow leopard now and pretty content, (gestures wont work on my mid 2007 MBP anyway...) and the Genius at the Apple store indicated that my Core 2 Duo could slow down...is this true and can I skip Lion and still have a great Mac?
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no one "needs" it, I think its pretty crappy anyway it slowed down my 2011 MBP even with a clean install so don't update good sir.
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no one "needs" it, I think its pretty crappy anyway it slowed down my 2011 MBP even with a clean install so don't update good sir.
It certainly is not crappy..but I will agree with your first part..

If you are content with Snow Leopard and are not interested in the features like Full Screen Apps, Save/Resume and so on that are part of Lion, then by all means stick with Snow Leopard until you feel a need to upgrade..

Snow Leopard should continue to get bug fixes for some time to come, but once there is talk of the successor to Lion and the release of that version of the OS, it might be time to start thinking of moving up from Snow Leopard..

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I'll be running Snow Leopard for some time to come on my 2011 MBP.. so no.. you don't NEED Lion. I won't bother to run it on my '08 MBP either, come to think of it.

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I'm happily running both Snow Leoopard AND Lion on my 3 year old MBP. I use SL for personal consumption, and Lion for work/educational purposes. Though to be honest, I rarely if ever really feel like booting into Lion. My work flow is so much more efficient in SL, and that is not because I haven't figured out Lion.. I just know for a fact that Lion is less efficient for how I work. Going native Lion would be like taking a step or two back for me.

So until I'm forced to upgrade, I'll be sticking with SL I think. Then again.. I've not tried working with Photoshop or Lightroom in Lion. So at some point, I'll have to give that a fare shake and see what happens.

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It certainly is not crappy..but I will agree with your first part..

If you are content with Snow Leopard and are not interested in the features like Full Screen Apps, Save/Resume and so on that are part of Lion, then by all means stick with Snow Leopard until you feel a need to upgrade..

Snow Leopard should continue to get bug fixes for some time to come, but once there is talk of the successor to Lion and the release of that version of the OS, it might be time to start thinking of moving up from Snow Leopard..
i have started saving my money towards a newer MacBook Pro, so I think by the time they release a new OS after Lion I will be buying that system whatever they end up calling it and I am sure I wil be happy with Thunderbolt built in and a larger Video memory by then as well. thanks for your reply
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Thunderbolt will be awesome.. when it's actually supported widely.

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Im in agreement with the above, but then again iCloud with the IOS 5 just around the corner these SL people might then want to upgrade to the Lions Roar.
I only upgraded bc i could. I don't do work on my Mac so its more of a social outing for me, so to upgrade was a want not a need.
Cant think of anything in Lion that SL hasn't got that would make you NEEDING to upgrade.
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Well, I'm safe until they halt mobile me's operation completely. I already use every bit of the iCloud offering I will I'd actually be happy to upgrade, I'm just waiting for an update.

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I have Lion running on my Black MacBook with the 2.4 GHz C2D and 4 GB 667 MHz RAM. It runs fine and the speed is even better the I had with Snow Leopard. If you don't need the extras included with Lion, stay with Snow Leopard. For basic uses Snow Leopard is fine. I am considering returning to it as the extras, like gestures, won't work on my machine. Also, if you use Quicken and some other older programs, they will have difficulty running under Lion. In fact, Quicken will not run at all unless you are using Quicken Essentials!

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I like Lion better than Snow Leopard. I would try it out. You could always switch back.
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I like Lion better than Snow Leopard. I would try it out. You could always switch back.
how do you switch back? is that really possible?
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running snow leopard now and pretty content, (gestures wont work on my mid 2007 MBP anyway...) and the Genius at the Apple store indicated that my Core 2 Duo could slow down...is this true and can I skip Lion and still have a great Mac?
I can only speak for myself...

2011 MBA 4GB RAM 128GB SSD runs Lion very well
2009 Mac Mini 2.4Ghz 4GB RAM 128GB SSD runs Lion very well
2008 MacBook Unibody 2.4Ghz 4GB RAM 320GB 7200RPM HDD runs horribly on it so I reverted that one to Snow Leopard (granted my wife keeps about 30 Safari windows open constantly and opens/closes awakens/sleeps this system way too much in my opinion - I fault the user more than the OS)

Privacy has become a luxury good. Be prepared to budget for it from here on out...
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how do you switch back? is that really possible?
Format the hard drive, and restore from back up.

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Format the hard drive, and restore from back up.
That is exactly right. Before you install Lion, do a full Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backup. Then if you don't like Lion, just restore from that backup and you will be right where you left off.
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