Mac OS X Lion Gets New Lock & Login Screens with iOS-Style Animations

May 14, 2011 - 10 Comments

new Lion Lock Screen

Lion Developer Preview 3 brings some nice new UI changes to the lock and login screens. Now when you lock your Mac screen in Lion with Control+Shift+Eject, you’ll see a small login window over the current background wallpaper like the screenshot up top. What you can’t make out in the screenshot is a small HUD in the upper right corner showing the current time, battery life, and wireless signal strength.

There’s also a new login screen on system boot. The login screen is pretty plain, it’s all grey with a few controls and the same HUD in the upper right corner, as you can see in the following picture:

The login screenshot is from 9to5mac, who also posted a video of the new login animation, which is very iOS-like in the way the desktop is presented:

You can read more about Mac OS X 10.7 and also download the new wallpapers from Lion Dev Preview 3.

Thanks to PM for the tips

Here’s another picture of the login unlock screen via a post on MacRumors Forums:

Lion Login Screen

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Posted by: Matt Chan in Mac OS


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  1. ashish says:

    i have apple imac my mac os x version 10.6.4 i want to join domain my imac computer for windows server 2003 problem is that password authentication problem please need some help

  2. Faiz Saleem says:

    Yea, does anyone else have the blue wallpaper? Didn’t have it on my copy of Lion.

  3. Nick Cain says:

    Am also looking for more animations for Mac OS X Lion… anybody know where i can download them…. ?

    Pls….. am really loving this Mac OS X Lion… sounds fun.

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  5. maranas says:

    Almost like Ubuntu!

  6. Eric says:

    I’d really like to have that blue wallpaper as well, looks really stunning. Or is it part of the developer preview?

  7. Tony says:

    Where can I get that blue wallpaper with the moon on it? I like it even more than the new Lion ones!

  8. Aaperrsonn says:

    Could we get some more pictures?

  9. xf says:

    I would bet the two different screens will merge into one come final RC.

    Also, the lock screen wallpaper has an animation while it waits for input, very minor though.

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