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Lack of Jobs’ hand in Lion led to problems

Long, longtime Apple watcher and reviewer Henry Norr, who has a lot of issues with Apple's new Mac OS X Lion, thinks the problem may have been a lack of attention from Steve Jobs.

In the wake of Steve Jobs's stepping down as CEO, it occurs to me to wonder whether some of the problems with Lion might reflect his inability to devote as much time and energy to the company this year as he did in past years. Given his well known perfectionism, particularly about the user experience, it's hard for me to believe that he wouldn't have demanded more work on some aspects - the Safari reload problem, for example, and maybe the problems with auto-save - before giving it the green light, if he'd been able to give it his full attention.

Not to say that there were no imperfections in past versions of OS X, but to me Lion is uncharacteristically problematic.

On the other hand, maybe the problem is just that he (and a lot of the other best people at Apple) are much more interested in iOS at this point

Unfortunately, if either of these hypotheses is correct, it doesn't bode well for the future of the Mac...

And don't forget, Norr is hardly the only Mac aficionado to express mixed feelings about Lion. As you move further out from the Apple orbit, some Lion reviews are downright nasty and the comparisons to Microsoft's Windows Vista debacle keep cropping up.

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Posted by Aaron Pressman

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