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  • iPhone 5 to Make Your Desktop Portable?


    We've talked before about Apple's plans to turn future iDevices into electronic wallets, allowing you to wave your phone over a reader to pay for things. Now, there's an unsourced report claiming that Apple has a much more "revolutionary" goal: putting your entire desktop on your phone so that any Mac can become your Mac.

    Leander Kahney at Cult of Mac shared the interesting revelations from a source that asks to be anonymous in a report today entitled "iPhone 5 Will Enable Ambitious Remote Computing Program." According to the source, the iPhone 5 will allow a user to "carry a lot of their desktop data and settings with them," and by merely placing their iDevice in close proximity to a compatible Mac, will be able to "load all their applications, settings and data," and "essentially turn any Apple computer into your own - like you're actually working on your own computer."

    This is no mere Back to My Mac concept, the source claims, but a true cloning on your home directory on a different computer. "The user would have full access to their information in the same manner they would if they were working from home," the source continues, "even showing the same desktop picture, mouse and keyboard settings, and would eventually extend to software licenses and passwords for websites such as Facebook." And when you walk away, your data leaves with you: "All communications and storage of passwords stays on the useré─˘s iPhone, leaving nothing stored on the computer."

    There's a lot that's left unsaid in this sketchy report. For one thing, obviously I wouldn't be able to load my entire 200GB home directory on any iDevice, so presumably it'd be used as more of an authentication key to data stored in the cloud. If so, this would be in line with other patent applications and rumors indicating future iPhones will be used to replace physical keys. Patents concerning technology that would allow cloud-based syncing have also been revealed over the past year, indicating that Apple's working on the networking protocols that would be required to support such a capability. And given that iTunes in the cloud has not emerged and doesn't seem to be on the horizon, this would explain Apple's need for not one, but two (maybe three) monster data centers in the North Carolina hills.

    Wild rumor, sure, but this is a much closer match to the mysterious "revolutionary" feature that Apple hinted at in a job posting a few months ago than anything we've seen so far. Even if this rumor's not true in every particular, based on the various patent applications that have been documented it's almost a lock that Apple is working on something similar, though perhaps slated for release further in the future than the iPhone 5 in 2011.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 5 to Make Your Desktop Portable? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      This is plum crazy talk... I gotta see it with my own eyes.
    1. bsltiger's Avatar
      bsltiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by dotFIVE View Post
      Did you even read what you quoted?
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Acciavatti View Post
      According to the source, the iPhone 5 will allow a user to "carry a lot of their desktop data and settings with them," and by merely placing their iDevice in close proximity to a compatible Mac, will be able to "load all their applications, settings and data," and "essentially turn any Apple computer into your own - like you're actually working on your own computer."
    1. Aliquippakid's Avatar
      Aliquippakid -
      If I read right, which is not always the case this is nothing like log me in. It uses your idevice like a key. When you sit down at some random mac, like a friends computer it will detect your phone and pick up your home mac settings and some other info. It's not goin to store mac apps on your memory or let your idevice emulate your mac. So mentioning log me in over and over is pointless don't compare apples to oranges.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      @BennyPR Please include a link to your sources next time. It's disrespectful not to.
    1. BennyPR's Avatar
      BennyPR -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      @BennyPR Please include a link to your sources next time. It's disrespectful not to.
      Mac Rumors also in Mac Life
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      If your sitting right beside your Mac, why don't you just use it?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      This sounds pretty sweet. Hopefully it won't take too long to port compatibility of Lion to a PC. I might look into getting a refurb Mac for this when I am on road trips. Right now Jaadu fits the bill perfectly for me, but this would be even better.

      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If your sitting right beside your Mac, why don't you just use it?
      Because the Mac you are sitting right next to might be in a different country or you office building etc.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Isn't this the same thing as the app LogMeIn?
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      whoa that would be awesome too bad i dont have a mac though so wont get to use this feature but sounds kick ***
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanejoe View Post
      Isn't this the same thing as the app LogMeIn?
      No. This will let you use your physical phone as a gateway to transform a Mac that is not your daily use Mac into a personalized Mac with your settings, key files, etc without the need to have Internet or a networked connection to it.
    1. thesmart1's Avatar
      thesmart1 -
      and i just got an iphone 4....
    1. bsltiger's Avatar
      bsltiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      No. This will let you use your physical phone as a gateway to transform a Mac that is not your daily use Mac into a personalized Mac with your settings, key files, etc without the need to have Internet or a networked connection to it.
      I think it'll need an Internet connection to work. Just maybe not a constant connection.

      It's still different as far as i can tell, though. With Log Me In you are controlling your home Mac from somewhere else. With this, your Mac could be broken, essentially, and you still have all of your stuff.
    1. santiagodraco's Avatar
      santiagodraco -
      Wow, Windows roaming profiles! Oh wait, this is Apple. Well Apple roaming profiles!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Well since this is all pure speculation at this point I would think it would have to have an internet connection if it is cloud based or a revolutionary new larger storage drive in the phone itself.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by thesmart1 View Post
      and i just got an iphone 4....
      I want to say wow your dumb, I could do that but ide rather wait till June/Jully and not get something with known signal problems and no white version as promised

      Apple does have a 30 day return policy that you could invoke
    1. mastuul's Avatar
      mastuul -
      Yet another reason to get a Mac.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I've had kind of the same idea for a while now. My first reaction to hearing Apple was working on this was: "If anyone's going to do it first it will be Apple." And my second thought was, "I wonder how long before jailbreakers figure out how to actually make it useful."

      Quote Originally Posted by mastuul View Post
      Yet another reason to get a Mac.
      Maybe if I suffered a few hammer-blows to the head... yeah, that would qualify me for one.

      A Mac is a computer for people who don't like computers.
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dotFIVE View Post
      Definitely an intriguing concept, for sure. It'll stink if you get your iPhone stolen though. It'll be interesting to see how they'll port all of the apps to the iPhone... I don't think hefty ones such as Final Cut and Photoshop will be available though (besides, I don't think producers will be looking on their iPhones to create their productions).
      I don't think you're thinking along the right lines. It probably won't work quite like that....

      Count me out until some adapts this technology for a hackintosh......
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanejoe View Post
      I want to say wow your dumb...
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Well people don't think or read info before they go willy nilly and buy something that sucks like I did with some graphic cards