How many ways do you view web sites? Your Mac? iPhone or iPad? A Windows PC at home? All of the above? I was just checked some statistics for my site and noticed a few interesting trends.
First, Mac users make up about 65-percent of all pages viewed on PixoBebo. That’s to be expected. OVer 20-percent of the pages are viewed by iOS devices (and 90-percent of those are using the latest version of iOS).
Windows users make up just over 10-percent of the total, and the rest are scattered among Linux PCs, Android devices, a few daring BlackBerry users, and even Chrome OS.
Among Mac users, OS X Mountain Lion already makes up about 25-percent of all visitors. Compare that to Lion which is just over 50-percent, and Snow Leopard at just over 21-percent.
In other words, OS X Mountain Lion has a rapid penetration rate going on as Mac users upgrade to Apple’s latest.
How is Mountain Lion working out for you?
For me, OS X Mountain Lion is the best Mac OS I’ve ever used. Ever. There once was a time when I would stand in line for the latest version of Mac OS X, rush home, backup all my files, clone my Mac, the wipe the hard disk drive clean and run the installer.
In the end, I had a clean, mean, Mac machine, but all that effort took a few hours (re-installing apps can be painful) to finish.
Installing OS X Mountain Lion also took a few hours, but much less effort. Click to download. The wait. Click to install. The wait. That was pretty much the extent of installing Apple’s latest.
Since then, Mountain Lion has performed flawlessly. Flawlessly. As in, not one hiccup. None. Not even on my Adobe apps and not on any of the almost 100 additional third party apps which grace my Macs. Not a kernel panic, not a freeze, not a whimper.
Even Safari 6 has surprised me. Not one crash. I’ve even gone so far as to install Adobe’s latest Flash plugin for Safari and even that works (still gobbles up CPU, though).
What I like about Mountain Lion, beyond the stability, are the little extras embedded into the Mac and inspired by iPhone and iPad. Messages? Love it. By using a single iCloud account, I can sync up messages between iPhone, iPad, and both Macs.
Notification Center? Typical Apple. Subtle, not in your face. Available with a click. Configurable. Reminders and Notes sync up nicely between all the devices. The only negative is the alerts and alarms. It can be disconcerting to have an alarm go off on all four devices at the same time.
I want to be more enamored with Diction on the Mac, but I have the same problem with it on iPad and iPhone. I’m from Brookly and I sound like it.
Mountain Lion’s Sharing buttons are in all the right places, and familiar to anyone who’s used an iPhone or iPad. I’m not into Game Center but I am into AirPlay and Mirroring works flawlessly– if you have the right Mac. Apple really wants Mac users to upgrade to the latest hardware.
Lest you think Mountain Lion is the cat’s meow (despite what I think), some Mac users have troubles. Apparently Mountain Lion gobbles batter life in older MacBook models (not mine). Other users report their Macs run slower. Others have a few crashes (usually a hardware problem). Still others are experiencing some Wi-Fi connectivity issues.
I read, but I don’t weep.
Yet, to be fair, I’ve noticed longer lines at the Genius Bars in both the 5th Avenue Apple Store shrine, and Grand Central Station. Long lines at times, which may be reflection of the many millions of Apple customers who need support, but quite a few in those lines are carrying Macs.
What’s your experience with OS X Mountain Lion to date?