Mac OS X 10.7 Lion System Requirements – Core 2 Duo baby!

With lion coming out tomorrow, July 20th 2011, a lot of people are asking if they should upgrade and if their Mac is indeed able to be upgraded to OS X Lion. Well you’ll need to:

  1. Be running Snow Leopard (SL)- if you’re on Leopard or Tigger or Panther then you have to upgrade to SL first.
  2. Be running a Core 2 Duo processor or higher
  3. Have a minium of 2 gigs of Ram installed
  4. If you meet the requirement above then you need to download it from the Mac App store (If you’re on a slow internet connection you may be able to swing by your local brick and mortar Mac Store to use their speedy wifi connection to download it)

if you purchased your machine after 2007 they you’ll probably be able to upgrade (you probably have a 64 bit processor) as long as you have 2 Gigs of Ram. You can check what process your Mac has by going clicking on the Apple icon at the very top left of the screen and selecting “About This Mac”. Look at the Processor and Memory.

As you can see on my older MacBook Pro, I have a Core 2 Duo and 8 gigs of memory so I’m fine. If you have a plain of Core Duo NOT Core 2 Duo then you’re out of luck (Core Duo chips are only 32bit not 64bit) but you’re probably doing just fine running Tiger or Leopard anyway so why bother upgrading. Also the new i3, i5 and i7 processors are Lion compatible too.

Upgrading memory is pretty easy and you always want to max out your memory as this is the cheapest way to get your Mac to perform better. I like OWC, Other World Computing and normally get all my memory from them.

You can see what new in the version on Apples website here

Iphone 3G – New Iphone July 11th

New-Iphone-GPS.pngThe new Iphone is here, not really new more of an evolution than revolution. In the bottom line department the new iPhone is gonna be 1/2 the cost just $199 compared to the $400 I paid for the 8 gig model, ouch (the price of early adoption). The data rate when you’re not on wifi is now 3G as apposed to slow 56k pokey Edge so 1700kbps vs the 200kbos of edge. GPS is now built in also a nice feature. Audio is supposedly better, audio quality was ok in my opinion. They have added Exchange support for business users too. It’s coming to 54 odd countries including South Africa and Australia!

I think the biggest thing to look forward to is the ability to add apps to the phone. I want a decent IM client, be able to use SKYPE to talk to South Africa for free, a blogging client to update this bloody blog to name just a few apps. The good news is from what I’ve seen this is all possible, that for me is what I’ll be waiting for!

My personal experience with 9 months of the old iPhone

  • The Bad

  • ATT in my neighborhood sucks, as many dropped calls as dropped trousers at a bachelor party! I appear to live in a ATT bermuda triangle really, and it does seem to be localized a block or so around my house.
  • No video, come on we want video – perhaps iphone 2.0 upgraded software will allow apps to use this!!
  • Simple cut and paste – no sorry can’t do on an iphone
  • Headphone jack recessed – new iphone has fixed this but old one required an adaptor to use a mini plug found on regular headphones
  • No instant messaging – will be taken care off soon I hope
  • The Good and great

  • Ipod is excellent, really great
  • Interface – nothing like it in ANY phone for twice the price !!
  • Browser – a real we browser, you can actually use it
  • Ease of use, fantastic. I like to think of myself as being a tech savvy guy but I’m been stumped numerous time trying to figure out how to do something simple on high end Nokias and Sony Erickson phone. I’d like to say anyone can pick up the phone and start using most of it’s features right away.
  • Phone and ipod integration great, jammin to tunes or listening to BBC podcast, call comes in, audio level from ipod drops down and call ringer goes up. Hang call up, ipod starts playing where you left off, volume is faded back up
  • Ergonomics – a slippery little bugger, needs a case or a skin or even tape on the sides to stop it slipping out of your hand. Great size otherwise.
  • Screen, I can finally read a cell phone screen in broad daylight

Picture 6.pngSo in summary, the worlds best phone just got a whole lot cheaper and some nice additions too. I think they’re gonna sell a ton more of these pups now, glad I still have some APPL stock.