Make iPhone’s iOS Look Like Mac OS X Lion

Sep 13, 2011 - 19 Comments

Mac OS X Theme for iPhone

We’ve shown you how to make Mac OS X look like iOS, but what about going the other way? If using a jailbreak doesn’t freak you out, this winterboard theme makes an iPhone look and behave freakishly similar to Mac OS X Lion and includes a variety of features that are borrowed from OS X 10.7, including:

  • OS X Lion style login screen
  • Mac OS X style Dock
  • Usable Finder menu bars
  • Draggable Finder windows that contain your apps and data
  • LaunchPad shows all your apps
  • Stacks for quick app launching from the Dock
  • Mission Control gives quick access to social apps and Dashboard widgets
  • Safari is reskinned to look like OS X

Mac OS X Lion iPhone Theme

Called “OS X Lion Ultimatum”, it may be one of the most advanced iOS themes that’s available out there. It’s currently in beta but will cost $3.50 and require Dreamboard and a jailbreak.

Update: Here’s how to install OS X Ultimatum on the iPhone:

Open Cydia

Tap Manage Sources

Tap Edit, then Add, then add source

Go to the Changes section and install Theme Outlet

Close Cydia, go to your home screen, and open Theme Outlet

Browse for OS X Ultimatum and download it from there

Open up Dreamboard, browse for the OS X Lion Ultimatum theme, and install it.

You can follow development over at MyMyi Forums but it should be released soon.

Screenshots don’t do it as much justice, be sure to watch the two videos embedded below to get a full grasp on how convincing the theme is.

The second video comes from Jeff at iDownloadblob, where I first heard about this theme:

Hopefully the themes Mission Control function will also turn into an application switcher, making it even more authentic, but it’s still very impressive as is. No wonder Apple is busy hiring people out of the jailbreak scene!


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Posted by: William Pearson in Customize, iPhone, Mac OS


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  1. joe says:

    its not working already download every thing required

  2. Matt says:

    Looks so cool! I tried to buy it but it just said “We are unable to complete your requst at this time. Please try again later.” Did this happen to anyone? If so what do i need to do to get this theme!

  3. Justin says:

    I would only put this on my ipad if it is possible. Seems to small for a phone but on the iPad it would be perfect.

  4. Rob Fisher says:

    can this be done on the ipad?

  5. Alfroggy says:

    Agree with you Luke.
    I bought sirtimothy1’s Dreamboard theme when it got released and got so pleased with it !
    I found two drawbacks though :-
    – installing an app (from Cydia or AppStore) while being on OX X Ultimatum Dreamboard theme won’t allow the icon of the new downloaded app on the springboard nor on the launchpad : you need to switch back to a ‘regular’ theme (logging out of Dreamboard) so as to find your app ;
    – this theme is very RAM-greedy (Dreamboard themes are RAM eaters) due to the extensive coding done within to tweak IOS.
    The graphics are soooo well achieved, the menus very nice too. It is true that the menus require petite fingers, or several attempts to launch some of theme, but it definitely is a must buy. Specially if you’ve become Mac addict. I am.

  6. Luke23f says:

    Got this Theme running on my iphone 4.. was skeptical at first but after a day or two of getting used to the new layout and smaller icons in etc i have to say i cant imagine switching back to the original springboard EVER!! this theme has made me phone so much better! Keep up the good work sirtimothy1 :)

    • Andrew says:

      I need help! I purchased this theme, but as a novice I have absolutely NO idea how to install it and get it running!

  7. Luke says:

    Does it also work with the iPad?

  8. scott says:

    Hi and warning to all reading this article..
    Be warned and do not buy this item shown here. its proving to be a purchase that is taking money but not delivering the link to the item. the comments board for the developer is clogged with furious people who have been ripped off. some commenter pro porting to be a friend of the developer has also abused all requests by people to ask for the software even after paying.. personal comments were leveled at the female buyers…
    i would whole heartedly request this item is removed from all blogs soonest before more people are ripped off.
    This is not a polite request….
    my email is included so feel free to email me about this.

    above is the link….
    So many people have been scammed on this…

    • nkin says:

      Add to that this would be illegal because they are ripping off Apple’s Mac OS interface and making people pay. No one has the right to reproduce the Mac interface except for Apple.

      • Michael says:

        Haha. ha.

        First of all, Cydia is illegal.
        Second of all, the creator never said he created Mac OS X and he doesn’t own the rights.

        Lastly, google “hackintosh”. That’s illegal. But it still exists.

  9. Alex says:

    it looks good on the demo, but its very very not user friendly to the finger, the buttons are all just toooo small and hard to press, it’s a good buy but trust me, you wont be using it for long. There must be reason why apple wont make the exact same design on iPhone. 1st, due to iphone small screen ! 2nd, its 2 different devices !

    overall, its good imitating lion, but it is not usable for long run

  10. Eric says:

    @Parakeet: How does somethnig “Look” buggy?

  11. RV says:

    Mind blowing!! Apple must be scratching their heads with mixed feelings!1

  12. nkin says:

    That’s nice but the buttons and navigations are too small for fingers.

  13. Parakeet says:

    Holy cow, looks buggy but very nice

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