App Brings the iOS Lock Screen to Your Mac

App Brings the iOS Lock Screen to Your Mac

One of the main staples of iOS is its iconic “Slide to Unlock” lock screen. The interface makes sense on a touchscreen device — just swipe your finger from left to right to unlock.

An app called Lock Screen 2 brings the “Slide to Unlock” screen from iOS to the Mac. Practical, right?

Introducing The New Way To Lock/Unlock Your Computer Screen On MacOS

  • Lock by hotkeys
  • Lock after idle
  • Lock before sleep
  • Slide to unlock by keyboard
  • Slide to unlock by trackpad
  • Slide to unlock by passpattern
  • Custom slide to unlock text
  • Custom lock/unlock sound
  • Custom wallpapers
  • Open at login option

App Brings the iOS Lock Screen to Your Mac

You obviously don’t have a touchscreen on your Mac, so Lock Screen 2 isn’t going to work exactly like iOS. Instead, you have a trackpad on MacBooks and Macs with a Magic Trackpad. Lock Screen 2 lets you swipe across your trackpad like an iOS device to unlock. You can also set a string of keystrokes to simulate a slide to unlock gesture.

App Brings the iOS Lock Screen to Your Mac

The app lets you set a password of 3-12 keys to use for unlocking your Mac, but the trackpad option makes more sense (unless you want the added security). Lock Screen 2 lets you customize the lock screen background, text, and sleep/wake options within the app.

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Lock Screen 2 is available for the current price of $1.99 in the Mac App Store. The app’s regular price is $4.99.

What do you think? Weird, or actually useful?

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  • Daniel Debner

    I’ve had this for over two months now. Awesome app. :D

  • Siddharth Arun

    Bought and tried it out… Not that great! It doesn’t install itself as an option in the control panel. Instead it stays as an app running in the background… And the UI isn’t that refined…

  • Harth Barth

    I think it’s pretty useful!  It makes a lot of sense to have it as I have an iPad, and iPhone as well. Fits right in!

  • kootenayredneck

    Better than kick in the teeth with a cold boot.

  • nut

    I’ve used this app everyday. However, I found that it’ a bit lag when using trackpad. I mailed to ask developers and this is the answer.

    “Thank you for contact us.

    Our application v.2.0.3 work fine on Lion. Except when unlock using trackpad it will not smooth like on snow leopard.

    V2.0.4 is available soon
    Change log
    - Optimized animation for Lion
    - Add animation when lock/unlock
    - Add option to hide time or slide bar
    - Fixed sleep-lock-wake behaviors
    - Improved explanation of each options (Thanks to Daniel from group8productions.com)
    - Now it will unlock only when you release your finger at the end of slide bar
    - Text message will disappear when slide
    - Current desktop option now use realtime wallpaper image
    - Current desktop is now default option
    - Removed 3, 4 fingers option due to interfere with Lion gestures
    - Fixed right margin of slidebar
    - Revert black icon to 2.0.2″

    Hopefully it will launch soon!

  • Chanok O

    I’ve used this app everyday. However, I found that it’s a bit lag when using trackpad. I mailed to ask developers and this is the answer.

    “Thank you for contact us.

    Our application v.2.0.3 work fine on Lion. Except when unlock using trackpad it will not smooth like on snow leopard.

    V2.0.4 is available soon
    Change log
    - Optimized animation for Lion
    - Add animation when lock/unlock
    - Add option to hide time or slide bar
    - Fixed sleep-lock-wake behaviors
    - Improved explanation of each options (Thanks to Daniel from group8productions.com)
    - Now it will unlock only when you release your finger at the end of slide bar
    - Text message will disappear when slide
    - Current desktop option now use realtime wallpaper image
    - Current desktop is now default option
    - Removed 3, 4 fingers option due to interfere with Lion gestures
    - Fixed right margin of slidebar
    - Revert black icon to 2.0.2

    Hope it will launch soon!

  • Rogaran

    What crap! I have an iPhone and I love it. I don’t have an iPad; I might like/love it if I did. But the last thing I want my laptop to be is an iPhone or an iPad. The tendency here seems to be to  push everyone towards a “turn the key and drive” mentality in which there is no option to get “under the hood”. Don’t get me wrong; having agonized through the years of the “Apple death watch”, I couldn’t be happier at Apple’s success…..but Mr. Jobs wants to wean all of us away from the hierarchical file system- meaning we won’t get to know where our files are, instead we should be happy to let the computer take care of such concerns and be clueless. I couldn’t disagree more.

  • Rogaran

    What crap! I have an iPhone and I love it. I don’t have an iPad; I might like/love it if I did. But the last thing I want my laptop to be is an iPhone or an iPad. The tendency here seems to be to  push everyone towards a “turn the key and drive” mentality in which there is no option to get “under the hood”. Don’t get me wrong; having agonized through the years of the “Apple death watch”, I couldn’t be happier at Apple’s success…..but Mr. Jobs wants to wean all of us away from the hierarchical file system- meaning we won’t get to know where our files are, instead we should be happy to let the computer take care of such concerns and be clueless. I couldn’t disagree more.

  • Sean Heather

    Looks kinda pointless really….

  • Jvmxtra

    Truly, you have to have more money than sense to actually buy this thing..

  • Dan

    well I already have a login screen that does the same job right?

  • os2guy

    I have an iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro and a Mac Pro and have the slide lock on all because my husband and I have a precocious five-year old and a group of workmen and service people who come in and out of the house for various tasks and chores.  If I step off to the store or office I know the “bigger” machine(s) are as safe as my iPhone and iPad.

  • m_hardwick

    why not just use a password?

  • Mike

    Lock Screen 2, what a failed attempt. Swipe Lock is a much better alternative.  I’ve tried Lock Screen, the instructions are hard to understand, there are words spelled incorrectly all over the place. You can’t even set a password. What’s the point? Swipe Lock is much better. Check it out http://swipelock.empoc.com

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