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With the Release of OS X 10.7.2, Is it Finally Time to Upgrade to Lion? UPDATED: Not Really

October 24, 2011

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I have been pretty outspoken against upgrading to Apple’s Mac OS X Lion too early. My experiences (1, 2, 3) with the initial Lion release were plagued by third party software incompatibilities and general things I did not like about Lion its self. Now that 10.7.2 is out is now the time to upgrade?

10.7.2 brings a host of enhancements and bug fixes (full list below), but nothing with UI enhancements to take care of things like the ugly faux leather binder for iCal and Address Book. Third party applications have had a few months to get their Apps ready for Lion and Skype, one of the programs I had most trouble with, had been updated a few times to help with Lion compatibility.

New to Lion is the addition of iCloud which does not do much more than sync your calendar and contacts  on the Mac for now but will be constantly improved to offer more services including Apple’s Documents in the Cloud and syncing with iOS 5 devices like iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

So, I guess it’s time to try the Lion upgrade again this weekend and see how it goes. Give me a few days and I will let you know if I am ready to recommend Mac OS X Lion yet. 

From Apple:

About OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 Client Combo

 The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:

  • iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
  • Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
  • Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.

Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit”


The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:

  • Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
  • Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
  • Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
  • Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
  • Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
  • Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
  • Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
  • Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
  • Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
  • Improve Active Directory integration.”

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