I read Gregg Keizer’s article. And in case you missed it Apple will be delivering their new OS (Operating System) OS X Lion, as a “Download Only” product from the Apple App Store.
And I have to say… I love it. First of all… I didn’t like having to wait a week to get my copy of Snow Leopard in the mail. I had some serious reservations about even upgrading because of the complexities of having the Adobe Master Collection and Final Cut Studio all installed on my Mac Pro, I went though a huge emotional battle about it. Who knows what could get messed up with an complete OS re-write. As a digital media producer I depend on the programs in the suite all talking to each other flawlessly. After making the decision I had to wait to find out if it was going to be a train wreak and temporarily ruin my life, luckily it didn’t! My install of snow Leopard went flawlessly. I love Snow Leopard, I’m still running Leopard at the office and it feels a little old fashioned now! I had to wait to get a cd in the mail though… really?
The app store is a winner. What’s that you say Apple? A place I can buy software that works and won’t ruin my livelihood by crashing my production machine… in the comfort of my own studio? Time is at a premuim these days… if I don’t have to get in my car and take 30min to drive to the Best Buy and back… I say they’ve done me a big favor.
It’s too bad that the retailers are going to miss out on the droves of zombies pouring into their stores to pick up a box with a disk in it, I hate to sound like an Apple fanboy… but it seems like it’s the best solution for the user. If they’d like to upgrade… done. I’ll be upgrading a few months after the release… I like to give it some time… just incase they uncover any issued once thousands of users install.