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CUPERTINO (Rixstep) — Apple's OS X 10.7 Lion was introduced one year ago next week. It's been a bumpy ride. Lion's successor is due out within days. Let's hope for something a bit better.

'Puma Concolor'

Scott Forstall is moving away from the desktop and bringing things back to it from the mobile platform. Apple's latest hardware offerings are little short of brilliant. They imply a robustness seldom seen in the consumer industry. And many would like to shrug the tragedy of OS X 10.7 Lion off.

But it's not that simple.

Apple may have the biggest market cap in the known Universe™ and totally own the tablet market (and have a respectable share of the smartphone market) but people still buy those contraptions known as computers.

And it's hard to conceive of software (and systemware) going forward when tools are so lacking.

The freedom to tinker is all but gone.

Apple's OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is due out in a week and it can become what Win7 became for Microsoft - a recovery.

Be cautiously optimistic.

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See Also
Industry Watch: 10.7 Roars
Industry Watch: Lion: Kernel Panics
Industry Watch: Lion: 'Ten Days After'
Industry Watch: Got Lion? Get OWNED?
Industry Watch: Apple Lion Security Update

The Technological: OS X Lion 10.7.2 WTF?
The Technological: Lion's Bulging Scroll Bars

Developers Workshop: Apple Rooting Their Own Systems?
Developers Workshop: Fireworks in Apple's /usr/bin/clang

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