Apple’s newest version of OS X, OS X Lion, will include a feature that allows users quick access to the internet via a Chrome OS-like ‘browser only’ mode.
Apple has been discussing the features of OS X Lion for quite some time. However, a new, previously unmentioned feature has been uncovered by the folks over at MacRumors, and it should please those who don’t want to wait for their computer’s OS to fully boot before checking email or surfing the web. The "Restart to Safari" option appears on the user lock screen, giving you the choice to either log into your user account, or restart to Safari for instant access to the web.
Interestingly enough, the purpose of this feature is supposedly not to provide 'instant on' access to the web, or rival Google’s Chrome OS. Engadget reports that the feature ties in with Find My Mac, a security feature that helps users locate their computers if they’re misplaced or stolen. For Find My Mac to work, the computer needs to be connected to the internet. Assuming the person that has your laptop doesn’t also have your password, the ‘Restart to Safari’ option will put them online, leaving them free to mosey about the web without providing access to your files or data. It’ll also allow you to locate your computer. Nifty, eh?