This post from The Loop is one of the best looks at how moving iOS and OS X closer, but not having one true OS, is going to work well for almost everyone. Not everyone, but most. Apple tends to do things that way, which is good for business.
There are things I really don’t like about Lion, but there’s more I do like. What I don’t, I trust they’ll fix or I’ll ignore/work around it, just like I do now. I’m never going to avoid the upgrades just because one or two things isn’t good. Some people freaked out over two vs three-pane views in Address Book. Maybe they use it a LOT more than me, because I didn’t even notice.
One of my main issues was with how Pages didn’t use iCloud for documents, which made it pretty moot for me and shifted me (back) to Google Docs. They’re fixing that in Mountain Lion. Good for me, good for most.
I’ve been playing with Messages, the desktop version of iMessage, for a couple days now and love it, but it reminds me of the one thing I don’t like and drives me nuts about iCloud/Lion. When I set an alarm on one device in iCal, it syncs to all devices. Good so far. When that alarm goes off, it goes off on all devices. It goes off on my iPhone, both Macs, and my iPad. Problem is, I’m not in all those places! Four alarms? Not necessary.
The problem is that there’s no “presence.” Right now, my iPad is over on the couch, while I’m sitting at my desk using my Air. The iMac is on the desk, but dark. My iPhone is in my pocket. So I’m using one device. I’m “present” with my Air while “not present” at the other three. I have to think there’s a way for Apple to figure out which one I’m actively using when an alarm goes off (or now, an incoming iMessage, or other such synced events.)
It’s a bit harder for a phone. I’d think it would be the default device since while it may be in my pocket, it may be the device I’m waiting on. If it’s in my pocket at a meeting or something, then I want that alarm to go off. It’s a matter of if-thens, some switches, some proximity sensors, and some smart guys in Cupertino.
So I hope between now and then, Apple will think a bit about presence. It’s really my only minor complaint left about the whole Apple universe.