updated 05:40 pm EDT, Tue July 17, 2007
Patent: more OS X mobility
A new patent reveals a plan to free Mac users from their hardware, requiring only a portable storage device to bring one's entire personal setup on-the-go. Apple has been granted a new patent for making user accounts on Mac OS X systems portable, which would allow users to tote the entire contents of their home directories -- including their personal settings, applications, and documents -- with them on a portable storage device such as an iPod, iPhone, or an external hard drive. Changes made on the foreign Mac would sync with the original desktop, effectively enabling Mac users to use their own accounts on any compatible Mac OS X system.