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  • Lion to Include iPhone-like Find My Mac Feature


    Find My iPhone has saved quite a few iDevices since it was introduced as part of Appleís revamped MobileMe service back in June of 2009. Since then, authorities have actually apprehended quite a few would-be iPhone snatchers through the use of this ingenious service. Now it seems that the Mac is destined to get its own version of this service dubbed, Find My Mac. It is expected to be part of the next Mac OS X Lion update when it comes out later this summer.

    Recently, thereís been some speculation as to whether or not the Find My Mac feature would actually make it into the final release of Lion. A bit of evidence has surfaced, however, with the discovery of a Find My Mac icon buried deep inside the Mac OS X 10.7 developer preview. This new icon is very nearly identical to the iOS version.

    Another interesting feature that has surfaces is something called Find My Mac Messenger. Currently, there is no indication other than the title as to what this new feature exactly is. Presumably, itís an instant messenger of some kind, designed to communicate with the owner of a lost device, in much the same way as the iOS version works today.

    Until Apple releases Mac OS X Lion to the world this summer, weíll just have to wait and see what new features make the cut. Itís more than likely that there are still a few surprises waiting in the wings. I look forward to being able to track my MacBook if Iím ever unlucky enough to lose it. Now I just hope no one is tracking me.

    Source: 9to5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Lion to Include iPhone-like Find My Mac Feature started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Would be great for laptops. Wouldn't mind it on an Air once I get one lol.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      A remote wipe for your mac would be useful but chances are someone who finds/steals your mac will be reinstalling the OS fairly soon. Especially if they can't crack your login password. The average thief isn't a security expert.
    1. thumper_net's Avatar
      thumper_net -
      Remote wipe is ok but takes soo long , an iphone it took 5 hours
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Could be the stupidest feature I've ever heard of. How can you find out where it is if you no longer have a computer?

      Say u have a different computer. U locate it, it's in NYC in Times Square, moving slowly North. What are u gonna do, assault everyone with a Macbook Air? Stalk someone until u figure out it's them?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Could be the stupidest feature I've ever heard of. How can you find out where it is if you no longer have a computer?

      Say u have a different computer. U locate it, it's in NYC in Times Square, moving slowly North. What are u gonna do, assault everyone with a Macbook Air? Stalk someone until u figure out it's them?
      Call the police?
    1. rasputin007's Avatar
      rasputin007 -
      If I buy a phone, computer or laptop form somebody first thing I do is wipe it clean and reinstall a new firmware.
      So, what happens to FMM then?
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Could be the stupidest feature I've ever heard of. How can you find out where it is if you no longer have a computer?

      Say u have a different computer. U locate it, it's in NYC in Times Square, moving slowly North. What are u gonna do, assault everyone with a Macbook Air? Stalk someone until u figure out it's them?
      That sounds kinda creepy.kinda ironic too :P
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Oh man I definitely need this! I always somehow end up misplacing my 22" iMac and have to backtrack to find it....
    1. luketinsley's Avatar
      luketinsley -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Could be the stupidest feature I've ever heard of. How can you find out where it is if you no longer have a computer?

      Say u have a different computer. U locate it, it's in NYC in Times Square, moving slowly North. What are u gonna do, assault everyone with a Macbook Air? Stalk someone until u figure out it's them?
      All you do is get on here and talk about all the negatives to everything that is posted....why do you even have a profile? If you have a better alternative, then let's hear it.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      There are plenty of dumb thieves out there!
    1. hammerhals's Avatar
      hammerhals -
      check undercover. they started with this feature. ain't free though
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      There are plenty of dumb thieves out there!
      Which is why they won't be able to get past a login password screen and will just boot a mac os x disc and clean install. And then you can't find your mac no more
    1. hammerhals's Avatar
      hammerhals -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Which is why they won't be able to get past a login password screen and will just boot a mac os x disc and clean install. And then you can't find your mac no more
      firmware password and a dummy account, and the next thieve is yours.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I wonder if it will work on an imac lol
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      can you put a BIOS password on a mac like you could with a PC? i know you can't wipe those passwords even with a fresh install of the OS.

      this may not work all that well at second glance because just like with an iphone, if you disable the connection, the search grinds to a halt. plus thieves could easily wipe it and sell it.
    1. hammerhals's Avatar
      hammerhals -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      can you put a BIOS password on a mac like you could with a PC? i know you can't wipe those passwords even with a fresh install of the OS.

      this may not work all that well at second glance because just like with an iphone, if you disable the connection, the search grinds to a halt. plus thieves could easily wipe it and sell it.
      thats what i say: firmware password.
    1. envious86's Avatar
      envious86 -
      I'd say a lit of thieves wouldn't be smart enough to steal install discs and stuff. I'm sure he would just get in take the mac and leave. And if I'm not mistaken you can't use somebody elses install disc because of the code. And I really doubt they would spend money to buy an install disc.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by envious86 View Post
      I'd say a lit of thieves wouldn't be smart enough to steal install discs and stuff. I'm sure he would just get in take the mac and leave. And if I'm not mistaken you can't use somebody elses install disc because of the code. And I really doubt they would spend money to buy an install disc.
      You can use the $29 snow leopard disc for any mac (that supports snow leopard)
      Or they could download and burn a pirate copy of the same.

      Anywho without GPS you'll never FIND your mac. For example if I stole someones mac and went online at my house it would tell the owner their mac is 200 miles away where my ISP is than where it actually is.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Could be the stupidest feature I've ever heard of. How can you find out where it is if you no longer have a computer?

      Say u have a different computer. U locate it, it's in NYC in Times Square, moving slowly North. What are u gonna do, assault everyone with a Macbook Air? Stalk someone until u figure out it's them?
      WTF, your the dumbest genius I have ever seen. Apple can track your Mac for you and the police can as well.

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Which is why they won't be able to get past a login password screen and will just boot a mac os x disc and clean install. And then you can't find your mac no more
      Apple could always embed the track my Mac feature in to the EFI then no os install disk would be able to restore over it.

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      You can use the $29 snow leopard disc for any mac (that supports snow leopard)
      Or they could download and burn a pirate copy of the same.

      Anywho without GPS you'll never FIND your mac. For example if I stole someones mac and went online at my house it would tell the owner their mac is 200 miles away where my ISP is than where it actually is.
      Thats cool Are you using a proxy?
      I wonder if the find my Mac will send back pictures if your Mac has an iSight camera and if it will send back all the ISP info it can get.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Its a great tool but is it going to track our every move, like the iOS versions do?? hahaha! I'd go with this one...
      http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/mac/

      People make jokes until they get robbed...not so funny at that time :]