Get ready for Lion

Apple’s latest software release, OS Lion, will be arriving this month.

New features include multi-touch gestures, full-screen applications, ‘Mission Control’, ‘Launchpad’, Auto-saving, Versions, Disk Encryption, AirDrop and many more.
A full list is available on the Apple website.

To be fully prepared for the upgrade here are a few things to note:

  • OS Lion will only be available as a download from the Apple App Store, no boxed discs will be available.
  • You must be running Snow Leopard 10.6 to upgrade. Users with OS Leopard or OS Tiger can still purchase the Snow Leopard discs prior to Lion upgrades.
  • Your computer must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon CPU. You can verify this by clicking on “About This Mac” in your Apple menu and checking the “Processor”.

  • You should also check that you have a recommended minimum of 2GB of RAM in the “Memory” section.
  • Check for updates on your existing setup and update to Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • Verify that your Apple ID is linked to your App Store login. In order to download the OS Lion files, you will need to purchase the upgrade through your App Store. UK pricing is set at £20.99. You can also install on other machines once downloaded that use the same Apple ID.
  • Back up your computer before installing the OS Lion upgrade. We recommend using the built-in Time Machine software and also a full disk copy of your installation.
  • OS Snow Leopard used a system called Rosetta, an application allowing your machine to run legacy software from the Power-PC era. This support has been dropped in OS Lion, so applications such as Microsoft Office 2004 will not run. You can check if you have any of these type of applications that may affect you by opening the System Profiler (Go to “About This Mac”, then click the “More info” option) and checking for any applications noted as Power-PC.

Please contact us for any assistance regarding your OS Lion upgrade or for advice on migrating your existing PC to Mac OS Lion.


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