When OS X 10.7 Lion came out, it was pretty good — for the first few days, then the faults, bugs, and general annoyances started to appear. I really liked the general direction that Lion took, but the issues, man, the issues.
Before Mountain Lion was announced, I was going to write a few articles on how bad some parts of Lion were, but just gave up since it’d take several books, and by then Mountain Lion would have come out. Lion failed on many levels to be an “operating system.” I know Apple had this jazzy line of “Back to the Mac,” but did they have to bring all the downsides of their mobile OS (iOS) with it? The Mac isn’t an iPad. It doesn’t need to chuck applications out of memory just because I looked at it funny.
So, here’s the best ever review of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that you will ever have to read. It contains very few words, and just four pictures will sum up the utter difference between Lion and Mountain Lion.
OS X Lion
Notice the big huge-ass spinner? Yeah, that’s what would happen if I hadn’t used an application for a few moments. Lion in its elderly state (poor soul,) couldn’t remember what to do when I wanted to use said application after a short time. So, it just waited, threw up the spinner, while making the application unusable. It was the same for quite a few of the built-in apps. I would have compared Lion to using a 8-bit computer from the 80s, but they could actually load up a calculator app properly.
Should have put the old soul in a retirement home when the memory started to fail. Shame.
OS X Mountain Lion
It’s the difference between a computer and a cash-register! Mountain Lion actually works as an “operating system.” Hurrah!