updated 09:55 pm EDT, Fri May 13, 2011
Lion Preview 3 brings login, Reading List, tweaks
The launch tonight of Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 3 has shown Apple bringing in many of the finishing touches ahead of its final preview at WWDC. The new build was shown by Dan Bennett to have a much more polished login screen. The metallic-finish page has both a subtler look and shows status info like the clock and wireless signal without having to sign in.
A separate discovery coming from MacStories has also shown that Safari's new Reading List feature is now live. In finished form, it has an iOS style tray that shows all or unread articles and lets users open them in a new window or tab if they prefer. None of the content appears to sync with MobileMe.
Other minor but influential changes have been spotted in a running changelog created by It's All Tech. Mission Control now has a dedicated icon and a much greater focus on the Spaces feature: users can add new spaces with a plus icon, jump to the next desktop with another button, and drag apps into individual spaces. Finder now has more advanced folder creation and a new "clean up by" option. Reminders now exist in iCal, and what should be the final set of wallpaper has shown up.
More new features might be found in the next few days. Bugs still exist in areas such as the right-click contextual menu, hinting that Apple still isn't ready to consider Lion finished. With just under a month to go before WWDC, though, some of the issues could be solved in time for a more definitive milestone build. [via AppleInsider]