I’m not a Mac user, so maybe I’m not really qualified to pass judgment on Apple’s newest version of its OS X operating system, codenamed Mountain Lion.
But I can’t help but to laugh at all the negative reviews of it that I’ve seen in the last couple of days. It seems as though a lot of hardcore Apple fanboys just aren’t as impressed with OS X as they used to be, not because it’s not an adequate OS — which I’m sure it is — but because it’s only adequate.
If you’re keeping score at home, Mountain Lion is the ninth iteration of OS X (officially numbered 10.8) since 10.0 (Cheetah) premiered in 2001. Which means that OS X is actually older than Windows XP. Of course, a lot has changed since Cheetah, but maybe not enough. The problem is, since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has largely been coasting. Any new products have been merely a half-step better than their previous version, a gradual evolution rather than a bold revolution. Even the iPad for all of its success is really just a jumbo-sized iPod Touch, which is really just an iPhone without the phone part.
And then there’s Microsoft.