Stylish screensaver recreates the iOS 7 lock screen experience on your Mac

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Want to bring iOS and OS X even closer together than they already are?
Christian Heudens has recreated the iOS 7 lock screen to your Mac as a free downloadable screensaver. The thin fonts look great on a Retina Display. It’s a neat way to give your Mac a bit of individuality and make your experience across your Apple devices even more consistent.

The developer has done a good job of replicating the feel of iOS 7, using the same starry wallpaper by default and font style. The screensaver adds a zoom effect to the background too, which is a sophisticated yet subtle addition.

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Set up is easy; just drag the file to your Mac’s screensaver folder and then select it from System Preferences. There are a few customisation options too. You can change the wallpaper from the starscape to a custom image (to match your desktop wallpaper, perhaps) as well as adjust the clock size and toggle the zoom effect if you find it distracting.

The beauty is, because there is no installation per se, if you don’t like it, you can revert back to your previous screensaver just as easily. It’s free so there’s no harm in giving it a try … in fact, it could foreshadow where an iOS 7-influenced OS X is going in the future.

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Comments

  1. So trying to install this has broken my screensaver options (I can no longer select an image folder and trying to change anything in it makes settings stop responding) and it looks like i’m going to have to do a reinstall/backup to try to fix it… I thought this would have been better tested

  2. Fabio Federici - 9 years ago

    anyone issues with installing it on mavericks?

    • Bradley Hobbs - 9 years ago

      Yes I can’t get it to work on mavericks

      • Bradley Hobbs - 9 years ago

        Nvm I got it to work

      • Kory Von Leue - 9 years ago

        How did you get it to work? I still can’t get it to work.

  3. ikir - 9 years ago

    Very nice indeed!

  4. Andrew Shiamone - 9 years ago

    I really like it, the screensaver’s beautiful. I got the screensaver to work on Mavericks (10.9.1) without any problems other than it takes a few seconds to load the customization options (with beach ball).

  5. Mounir Touati - 9 years ago

    Works smoothly on Mavericks 10.9.1, and on 15″ retina display MacBook pro ,the look is absolutely awwwwsome

  6. Danny Claproth - 9 years ago

    Installs fine, but image only moves ones and clock stays in one place, so not really screen’saver’…

  7. robertvarga79 - 9 years ago

    it is really great, added one of my own wallies! Really beautiful addition to my Mac

  8. alunsevern - 9 years ago

    I think it’s lovely. It works perfectly on Mavericks 10.9.2 — although I can’t for the life of me work out how to substitute an unlock string for the default ‘press any key’. Thanks very much.

  9. Justin Mahone - 8 years ago

    Anyone had any problems on Mavericks? Its really slow, and had to forcefully shut down my computer once?

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