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Lion may pack Find My Mac, Mobile Documents cloud folders

updated 12:25 pm EST, Sat February 26, 2011

Lion code hints Find My Mac, cloud folders

More discoveries in the Lion developer preview have implied that Apple's MobileMe revamp may bring new features to the Mac as well. A finding in the code shows references to a "Find My Mac" identifier that would help users track a lost or stolen Mac. The 9to5 tip didn't glean functionality, but it would presumably use Wi-Fi geolocation much as Snow Leopard can already use Wi-Fi positioning to get the local time.

Any extension is likely to be free, since iPhone, iPod and iPad users already get Find My iPhone.

A separate report from a reader at the same site has also shown references to "Mobile Documents" folders and a new folder icon with the MobileMe cloud symbol on top. A Finder sidebar icon also shows the same cloud. It's speculated that Apple now not only plans to simplify local network sharing through AirDrop but that MobileMe would have an easier, more direct way to share files between a Mac and iOS devices than to use iDisk. The service may end up competing with Dropbox or other cloud storage sync services.

Some of the features may become public as early as Apple's March 2 iPad event, where it's suspected the next iPad may not be the only announcement. The additions could give Apple a unique level of direct cloud integration not yet present in Windows 7, where the features exist but are usually just optional.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Compete with DropBox??? Puhleese....

    DropBox is FAST - everything Apple has ever done with online storage is slower than frozen molasses. I don't expect either to change.

    If Apple could get MobileMe to be 25% of the speed of DropBox, I'd be impressed. 50% as fast would be a miracle, equal in speed, fuggedaboutit.

  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Feb 2011


    New data center

    I can't wait, I think this will be blazing fast because of the new NC data center. I've been a .mac subscriber for a long time now and I do agree that it's pretty slow (iDisk) but I have high hopes for this new version. If they make it free, that's even better. Sent from my iPhone

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Have to Agree

    If it's anything over a few hundred Kbs, Uploading photos or larger documents takes FOREVER with my mobileme storage, no matter the connection speed.

    Hopefully things WILL change if they put that giant server farm in NC to good use...

  1. MikeD

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple has a huge Server Farm.. What does dropbox u

    And with that, who will have the faster service. Right now, it's hard to see how much of a slow failure that mobileme is compared to other cloud services. Anyone agree or also see this?

  1. bigpics

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Out of the dunce corner?

    Apple's been amazingly stubborn about their money-up-front for little value delivered approach to the cloud - one of their longest, continuing missteps for a company that's done so much so well.

    Here's hoping the slow learner is about to move to the head of the class!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: New data center

    I can't wait, I think this will be blazing fast because of the new NC data center.

    Why? Is there something special about Apple's new data center vs. their old one? Is there something Apple can't do with their current servers that they NEED a new data center to magically fix everything?

    Sent from my iPhone

    And, seriously people, is there anything more snobbish than having that as your tagline? Well, I guess it could be "Sent from my iPhone from within my Mercedes".

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If we've been paying 99/year for .Mac over the last 10 years for the service we've been getting, why would one expect the price to drop now that Apple actually may be on the verge of improving it? Isn't that the point where one goes "We've made it better! Now it's worth twice as much!".

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