Booting OS X Lion GM: No Welcome Video, New Introduction to Scrolling

With Apple having seeded the Golden Master (GM) version of OS X Lion earlier today, users are finally getting a look at what the OS X Lion experience should be like in the shipping version.

One staple of Mac OS X installations over the past several versions has been the welcome video that displays at first boot, displaying an animation of the word "Welcome" in a number of different languages and set to the song "Exodus Honey" by Honeycut [iTunes link]:


Unfortunately for fans of the video, neither the previous welcome video nor a new one appears to be included in the GM version of OS X Lion. While a welcome video could conceivably still be added at the last minute, previous OS X releases have seen the video included in GM seeds.

Instead, OS X Lion boots straight into Setup Assistant to help users get up and running. And one new addition to Setup Assistant is an introduction to Multi-Touch scrolling, offering users a glimpse at the enhanced Multi-Touch features included in the new operating system.

scrolling in lion
The text and image are customized depending on the input device being used, such as a Magic Mouse or built-in trackpad.

OS X Lion is set to be released to the public later this month and will be available exclusively through the Mac App Store for $29.99.

Top Rated Comments

arjen92 Avatar
138 months ago
With the new FCPX it wasn't possible for them to make a new video.
Score: 115 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sine-nomine Avatar
138 months ago
Wow, lots of video hate. I actually kind of liked it - it reminded me of when I started using a Mac for the first time and how great the experience was. It was just one of those little things that made getting a new one feel special. It seems with each new version, the little special bits are getting weeded out.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pmz Avatar
138 months ago
It would have been cool if they had a hi def video of a lion walking toward the camera, then it freezes frame and fades into being desktop wallpaper.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yamcha Avatar
138 months ago
I always liked the start up video, but I guess its not the biggest deal..
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Matthew Yohe Avatar
138 months ago
I'm sure the video will be there. They just aren't showing that in the GM build. I'm pretty sure there was no video in the GM builds for SL. Some one correct me if I'm wrong.

You're wrong.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
*LTD* Avatar
138 months ago
I can live without the Welcome video but if they screw with the startup chime.....
I wanna see all the extensions loading. :D



Okaaaay . . . sound manager, AppleTalk, QuickTime Musical Instruments . . . Clipping Extension . . . QuickDraw . . .
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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