It’s impossible to avoid mentioning Apple when “talkin’ tech.” The company had its most profitable quarter in history, grossing $28.6 billion in revenues with $7.3 billion in profits. Its products dominate their respective categories, some of which Apple invented – iPod, iPhone, iPad and who knows what “iDevice” next. The firm has about $76 billion in cash, too, with no debt. Incredible.
The Lion roars
Also incredible is the seemingly unending stream of improvements to OS X and the computer line. Apple released its long-awaited OS upgrade, Lion 10.7, on July 20. Lion incorporates some 250 new features, and brings full-screen apps and multitouch gestures into the mix. You can now see the family resemblance to the iOS on iPad rentals. The aim is to continue refining the “user nexus,” that shared space where the OS, the program you’re using and your workflow combine to produce everything from simple e-mails to complex editing projects with mountains of data on Xserve RAID rentals.
Ready to upgrade?
With its new “delivery paradigm” upgrading to Lion is a different animal. Before you download the nearly 4GB OS installer, you need to make sure your Mac can support Lion. The Mac computer rentals we had in 2005, for example, wouldn’t qualify – you need at least an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. In addition, although there are workarounds from some tech heads online, the Apple-certified installation can only take place on a Mac with Snow Leopard (10.6) installed.
Online reports and consumer feedback point to a rousing success for the debut, although there are always problems for some people. For example, if you have any of several disk drive problems (even ones that don’t affect how your Mac runs), you will receive a message from the installer that Lion “cannot be installed.” Back up the drive, reformat, restore – then upgrade. Bing, bang, boom. Done!
OS X Lion – Look and feel
As an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, advance, Lion is still recognizable, although navigating it is different. The new Launchpad dock icon brings up a page (or six) showing all your apps as icons for quick starts, and the Mission Control dock icon provides a view of all “spaces” you’re using. In future blogs we will look at some of these features in depth, but it’s safe to say that, once you use Lion, you will roar your approval like millions of others.
Like Apple, CRE pays close attention to what its customers need. With great service to complement the expertise of our Account Executives, your call or e-mail will result in solutions and answers, not more problems and questions. If you know what you need, of course, our Quick Rental Quote form will get you in, out and on your way.