2 hours with The Mountain Lion

I know it’s Mountain Lion” and not The Mountain Lion,” but it sounds better the longer way. It sounds more important, probably more important than it is.

The Mountain Lion has a built-in expiration date a year from now, since Apple announced yearly upgrades. Most Mac OSs have had the benefit of an unknown successor, but I think this extra bit of knowledge is good. It means no matter what might be wrong with this version, we only have to wait a year for improvement.

Not that there’s much wrong. Like the title suggests, I haven’t had much time to play with it, but what I have seen is incredibly solid. I’m used to reading reports of odd bugs, strange crashes, and other mysteries that come with an OS upgrade. Not this time. Smooth sailing so far. It’s Lion, but nicer.

The new stuff starts out pretty empty if you haven’t loaded your iPad or iPhone full of iCloud documents. I opened up a few iCloud apps to see if anything was there, and it wasn’t. Same goes for notification centre. I assume I’m going to use both new features a ton, but that’s later, when there are things pinging and quietly saving across all my devices.

I like the new dock. It’s almost milky.

I like the new desktop wallpapers, always a nice treat.

It’s a touch faster everywhere, except Safari, where it’s night and day. I use Safari primarily for its smooth UI and acknowledging its slower pace, knowing that Chrome is sitting right over there, begging me to race along with it. Now, I don’t feel like I’m using the second-best browser.

The little loading bars that you get when you move files around happen directly on the file, just like on iOS. Goodbye, seperate bars. Yay, less bars!

This is the first time in the history of my personal computing life that not one app broke. Everything just kept on humming along, preferences and confidence intact.

I need a few more hours with it. That’s all I’ve got so far.


July 27, 2012