As you all probably know I’m a bit of an Apple geek, okay, let’s be honest, I’m a huge Apple geek. What I have always really appreciated about Apple is that they are constantly challenging the norm and innovating and doing things differently then they have ever been done. Now with Mac OS X Lion they have completely revolutionized the process of upgrading your operating system and the process was just too damn cool not to share with all of you.
First, before getting-into the details of the install process let me talk about the price. I have never, not once upgraded the version of Windows I’m running and the main reason is price. I’ve never wanted to shell-out $200 or more to upgrade my PC operating system when Dell is selling new computers for $500. Instead when a PC that I own starts to get a bit old and slow, I just buy a new PC, the idea of upgrading really doesn’t make any sense because Microsoft has made the OS upgrade price so close to the price of a new computer. Apple has been very smart with their OS pricing model by allowing users to upgrade for $30. This completely removes any barriers, there really is no decision to make, $30 for a new OS – done!
Okay, now that I’ve got that out of the way let me talk about why I’m so impressed with the Mac OS X Lion installation process. Apple has streamlined the entire OS installation process by making the new OS available from their app store. All you do is go to the Mac App Store, click on the OS X Lion App, enter your password and boom, the download begins. I’m not sure how long it took to download because I just did this at night before I went to bed but most people I’ve spoken to tell me its taken under an hour.
I woke-up in the morning and there was a super-slick circular icon on my dock, I clicked it and here is what I saw:
Is that clean or what? Sorry, but I’m just constantly blown-away by how simple, clean, and fun to use everything Apple creates is. I was actually excited to click the “Continue” button just to see what the rest of the install looked like. After that you literally just pick your hard drive and the operating system begins installing, no inserting disks, no entering endlessly long strings of numbers and letters, it all just happens.
Just like that the OS was installed and honestly I feel like I’m using a brand-new computer. I’ll be doing a separate post on Mac OS X Lion and all the cool features Apple added however I just had to cover the innovation they’ve made in the OS installation space. Apple has made installing an OS so convenient that you’d honestly have to be crazy not to upgrade, price is no longer an issue and without having to use a physical disk or enter one of those insanely long Microsoftian serial numbers the process is completely painless.
Stay-tuned, next week I’ll be covering Mac OS X Lion with a special video post showing you some of my favorite features!