Apple Adds Innovation to Solid Mac OS X Foundation

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-10-21 Print this article Print


5. The enterprise aspect 

The corporate world has had difficulty over the years warming to Apple's operating system. However, Mac adoption is on the rise. Companies are looking for a simple, reliable operating system to replace older versions of Windows XP or Windows Vista. Based on what Apple has shown so far, Lion could be that solution for some companies. 

6. It sticks with what it knows 

If nothing else, Apple knows what it's supposed to achieve with Mac OS X. It doesn't try to offer a slew of versions of the software to appeal to enterprise customers in one case or consumers in another. It simply delivers an experience that's tailored to anyone. It's refreshing to see Apple follow that strategy again with Lion. Every customer gets every feature-just the way it should be. 

7. Security should still play a role 

It's hard to choose anything other than Mac OS X if security is a major concern. Apple's operating system is simply far more secure than Windows. Although problems can and do happen on the OS, they're few and far between. Windows, on the other hand, is still rife with security issues. That's something that folks should keep in mind when they decide which operating system to use next summer. 

8. iLife is better than ever 

Apple made iLife available on Oct. 20 for free on new Macs and for $49 as an upgrade to existing installations. Although it's available now, the new iLife suite will only make Lion more viable. After all, it delivers major upgrades to audio, video and photo editing. And those who plan to engage in simple editing work will probably like having that option available to them out of the box. 

9. It's more of the same 

With other Apple products, the company doesn't have the luxury of staying the course. It needs to push the envelope, try new things and continue to deliver innovation. But Mac OS X is different. It already works quite well. Most customers who use the operating system don't want drastic changes. Apple has obviously realized that. With Lion, it plans to deliver the same functionality that made Mac OS X so viable in the first place. 

10. There is more to come 

Apple made it clear that its announcements on Lion were sneak peeks of much more to come. Exactly what other features the company will be offering is anyone's guess. But Apple has a tendency to wait until the right moment to announce some of the better options. Until then, most should expect unique features that will only be made available to Lion. Based on Apple's recent track record in software, those features will likely be enough to coax at least some additional customers to the OS. 


Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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