Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Mon 16th May 2011 15:44 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Mac OS X "Per MacStories, Apple has released a new Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 3 to its developers this evening as well as Xcode 4.1 Developer Preview 5. Apple last updated Lion for developers in late April. That version contained several UI changes presumably based on feedback from developers."
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RE[2]: Login screen
by Neolander on Tue 17th May 2011 07:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Login screen"
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And NEXT's login screen itself was inspired in a way from UNIX's, which in turn was inspired by pre-UNIX mainframe OSs', which in turn were probably inspired by authentication procedures before the days of computers...

Every design out there is based on a combination of earlier designs. Yet patent laws, which basically permit one to say at a given point of time "I alone have invented this" exist, because some people in the industry still haven't realized how fundamentally collaborative the creation of a new design always is.

Since the iPhone's bezel could be patented, it wouldn't surprise me that a login screen composed of a centered square picture, with a name underneath, and a password box underneath, with extra controls in the bottom, could be a patentable design.

Edited 2011-05-17 07:20 UTC

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