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  • dac7nco - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    Most Mac users will use the new App Store exclusively. Want a different browser or mail client than Apple's approved ones? NIMBY!

    -Steve Jobs
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  • MySchizoBuddy - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    thats upto the users isn't it. Reply
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  • PeteH - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    It's not like downloading and installing software from a website is hard. If what you're saying is that technologically illiterate users will use the default browser and mail client, well, that's pretty much how things are now. Reply
  • mesiah - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Although you say that jokingly, I don't think it is beyond plausibility for a future version of the OS to disallow the installation of non-app store apps. They already do it with their other platforms, and now that they are moving everything to their app store, I think it is just a matter of time. Reply
  • Tros - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Same argument as PeteH:

    The most content users stay within the walled garden of iOS. The most attempts I've seen at preventing jailbreak are usually when it's a vector for a worm.
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  • realmike15 - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    I think Apple realizes people don't want restrictions, look at their DRM-free catalog of music. However, based on what we've seen from iOS it's plausible that they may someday try to restrict OS X to Apple approved software via the App Store. If that happens, that will be my last day as an Apple customer. Right now I'm a Desktop PC - Apple Laptop guy, and quite happy with that choice.

    It's possible that Microsoft and Apple might try to push an App Store only approach some day. But even if that day comes, I don't see Google or Linux adopting such a harsh policy. Stand behind the little guys if you want to prevent things like this from becoming the norm.
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  • dananski - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    How would they differentiate between non-app store apps and programs people are developing themselves? I've read that you have to pay $100 to install your own iphone app on a physical iphone (which is why most software developers go for other phones). Surely Apple won't want to put people off writing programs on their Macs with a similar policy? Reply
  • Penti - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    You already have other browsers in the Mac App Store. Why would most mac users even use it. It might be their only channel to buy software (not games)! But not the only channel for their software. Reply
  • burntham77 - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    I use Safari on my iMac at work and I hate it. It's just not reliable. Firefox is still my favorite. Reply
  • Micheal Summers - Thursday, July 07, 2011 - link

    This is suppose to be a upgrade yet the articles i have read about it doesn't really offers anything new. Read this article http://v12ntoday.com/news/news-news/apple-os-x-lio... and tell me if you find anything special about it. Reply
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  • stm1185 - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    WOW THAT IS SOME INNOVATION! How does Steve Jobs keep coming up with these ideas? Icons on a grid, OMG! How did he possibly come up with that idea. Pure Genius. Reply
  • MySchizoBuddy - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    Steve never claimed it to be pure genius he said they are bringing iOS stuff on to the OSX Lion and how it will work. go troll somewhere else. Reply
  • stm1185 - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    It's not iOS stuff, its just big icons. They got rid of the menu bar at the top and increased icon size and act like its some great new feature. What is the difference between launch pad and making the regular OSX icons bigger? Reply
  • Leonick - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Well first of the icons aren't any larger than they are in the app stack showed in grid view. There is however a whole lot more space.
    It also have pages instead of scrolling as well as what i presume most people would say are more beautiful folders.

    True, it is basically the app stack improved, but that's hardly lame...
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  • realmike15 - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    To be fair stm1185 has a point, marketing this tile of apps is so $&#*ing silly it's almost laughable how much some fan boys eat this up as innovative.

    Here's the way Leopard handles Apps right now.
    http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/6457/screenshot2011...

    I see no improvement by the new design. It's all marketing, that's it.
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  • Leonick - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    yea, doesn't fill up the screen so i isn't using the space as efficiently.
    The stack icons are even bigger in that image...

    It just looks better overall, add to that the multi-touch gestures for it, don't know how you can't see it being an improvement...
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  • michael.ka - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    You are guessing wrong that Launchpad will only show apps you purchased in the App Store. In the current developer preview every app on your Mac no matter its source is shown in Launchpad. I have no reason to believe that Apple will change that – why should they? Reply
  • Zandros - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    … will cost $49.99. At least I saw that somewhere on Apple's site, but I cannot find it again. Reply
  • Zandros - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    Well, duh, it says so right on the the first page concerning Lion Server. Reply
  • Andrew.a.cunningham - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    Whoops! Thanks for the correction - article updated. Reply
  • Nihility - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    My favorite new feature is "Resize from any edge".

    Amazing how they came up with that...

    Up next: "maximze window".
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  • smalM - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    "Resize from any edge" - finally! I waited 25 years to get that feature..... Reply
  • Conficio - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Yeah! That is worth half the purchase price.

    While I tread the App Store, resize from every edge and the decision to sell the OS Update for $29 are good decisions.

    And if Mail is really improved, not just iOS ook alike, that would be a good thing. With improvement I mean the ability to connect to IMAP servers that are not only off the narrow ilk that Mail can auto firgure out and some decent error messages for what is going on. Or some good search feature.

    Or how about improving iCal so that it does delete Events that are deleted in the exchange server. Or the reminder dialog in a less intrusive spot than smack in the middle of my screen.
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  • EnzoFX - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    I think people aren't considering launchpad as an application launcher. It's not gimmicky in the sense that there are a lot of 3rd party apps that offer just this, that do well.

    Also, is there any confirmation that it won't scoop up apps installed in the traditional manner? It just seems like speculation to say that it would leave those out. If I had to guess I'd say it just scans what ever apps are in /Applications, regardless of how they were installed.
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  • vailr - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    What physical system disc DVD will be included with new Macs?
    I just can't believe Apple won't offer a physical OSX Lion DVD for sale on Amazon, at the same $29 price that Snow Leopard currently sells for.
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  • Tros - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    Most non-mac-users aren't aware, but Disk Utility provides the means to rip installation media (DVDs in MBP, USB sticks in MBA's case) to an Apple Disk Image file (.dmg), and go in the opposite direction to a piece of media (SD card, DVD, USB stick).

    I imagine Apple to offer the Apple Disk Image through the app-store, much like how they offer X-Code. And by current capabilities, for that image to be burnable to bootable media, if one couldn't run the installer from within the OS already.
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  • solipsism - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    It will be on a DVD for the systems with optical drives and for those without likely on an 8GB USB flash drive. While cost prohibitive to sell an 4GB USB flash drives to 10s of millions of Mac users just for an OS upgrade it makes perfect sense to roll the expense into the cost of the new Macs that are without ODDs, which is a growing trend will soon also include the MBP lineup. Reply
  • Omid.M - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    So, in effect, if you're on OSX 10.5.x, you'll have to pay $29x2 to get to Lion?

    $29 - 10.6, so you can use Apple Mac App Store, since it's not compatible with 10.5.x
    $29 - So you can download it from the app store

    Am I right?
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  • PeteH - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    Isn't that basically what Apple's always done, a cheap upgrade from the latest version of the OS, but full price from older versions? Or am I remembering that incorrectly? Reply
  • xzion - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    "Apple covered THEIR new products..."

    sorry, pet hate.
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  • Andrew.a.cunningham - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    Urgh, me too, I can't believe I did that. Fixed. Reply
  • GotThumbs - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    Wow! Forget being subtle. Apples is not giving its fan base many options for loading software on to macs. The level of CONTROL apples is wielding over its consumers is growing by the hour. Careful to all those apple fans...before you know it....You'll be drinking the cool-aid. I do think apple is a safe bet for those with limited knowledge and who tend to get into trouble with their PC's and free surfing the web.

    Good article.
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  • Tros - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    It's AWFUL. It's like being given the choice to use the App Store is completely overshadowing my ability to use any other means to install software.

    Or maybe you're just making it into something bigger than it actually is.
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  • farhadd - Monday, June 06, 2011 - link

    What about old Mac pro towers with 64 bit xeons but no 64 bit kernel boot support? Reply
  • Andrew.a.cunningham - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    I could be wrong, but you *should* be covered. There are a lot of older Core 2 Duo Macs without 64-bit kernel boot support/EFI that support the new OS just fine. Reply
  • Impulses - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Nothing revolutionary, the lowered price actually fits the upgrade well if you ask me. I'm not too bothered by Apple's desire to focus people on the App store, it's a good move for the average consumer as long as they never go too far in that direction (and completely block other forms of software install for advanced users).

    Frankly, Steve's quotes about file system scared me far more than their intentions with the App store, there's nothing inherently wrong w/the existing file system... If there's one concept of modern PCs that's easy to understand it's files and folders for pete's sake. Doing away with it would cripple an OS way more than limiting what software you can or can't install. They didn't do anything about this on Lion, but he clearly stated his intentions, he'd like it to be entirely like iOS, ugh.

    P.S. Hasn't file version'ing been part of Windows for a while? At 'least since Vista no? AFAIK Windows Office suites have had auto-save enabled by default (without any prompts) for years as well... It sure isn't as slick as the Versions/Time Machine combo tho, but all of it is still predicated on people buying that second hard drive and enabling the backup features, too bad they can't force people to actually do that. :p
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  • psonice - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Well, they *can't* get rid of it, what they're aiming for is to *hide* it. If you've used an iphone, you'll realise you don't actually need direct file system access to use it.. which gets rid of a lot of complexity and general messing around with stuff that turns out to be unnecessary.

    For the mac, I think the terminal is a good example of where they might go. Most users don't want or need access to the underlying unix system, so they never see it. Fire up the terminal though, and you have full access. They could do the same with the file system, make it work like the iphone where you don't *need* the finder, so most users won't touch it, but it's there if you do. Just the same as the app store being the default, but other options are there for those of us who know what we're doing.

    I think this is good, for anyone technical it's still a very powerful OS, but it gets easier to do the simple stuff, and you get even fewer support calls from friends + relatives who don't care what the technical bits do, they just want a browser and a way to write emails and letters.
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  • gofasterstripes - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Hi Guys and Gals -
    If this is download only, is it going to possible to make a Hackintosh still?

    I have a x58 system I was going to install 10.5 on, but not got around to it yet. Now I guess I'd be 10.6 if I was going to, but I am unsure how this would now work. Do I need to buy 10.5 and then upgrade? Or is it just download to an existing machine and burn the stand-alone 10.6 disk. Either way, I have a suspicion Apple's servers won't let me download from them if the connection doesn't come from a registered Apple machine. Any thoughts?

    [new to posting here, and having a little trouble trouble seeing all the existing comments as under FF4 no-matter which page of comments I'm on it always shows as page 1, so if this has already been asked please forgive me]

    Thanks! GfS
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  • theangryintern - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    There was an article on TUAW earlier this morning that talked about how to take the download from the App store and make a bootable DVD, so at least that can be done. Of course, the average user isn't going to know about it or how to do it. Reply
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