Will Apple See the Light on OS X Updates?

 
 
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.
By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-08-23 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apple began supplying an up-to-date version of the installer for its OS X Lion client and server operating systems today, a week after first making the 10.7.1 update available online. That's a week's worth of customers who either had to apply the patch manually, or download it separately through the Software Update function of Mac OS X .

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Updates to OS X Lion ought to show off the Mac App Store's strengths instead of pointing out its weaknesses.

One thing I hate more than repeating myself is repeating myself because someone wasn't listening. But here I go:If Apple doesn't step up to the plate and start delivering up-to-date installers more promptly than it did on this first go-around, the company's going to squander one of the purported advantages of the Mac App Store and its delivery system.

Now, if iAds continues to flounder, it's not that big of a deal. After all, that's very much a new business for Apple, and it's to be expected that its paradigm-challenging business model would struggle at first.

But if Apple can't make the Mac App Store work as it should - and prompt availability of updated software is simply by itself a BFD - the company will have to listen to people like me who get paid to point out BFD failures.

Nobody wants that, do we?

 
 
 
 
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