Lion Boasts Chrome OS-like Browser 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?

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  • ohshaq
    This feature now makes more sense & is much more useful than the Goolge's 'subset version' of PC as a browser. Now you can have both, a PC with all your data on the hard drive, hence more secure....and a quick option to browse the net. I see this feature as a selling point. I won't be surprised if this is seen on windows soon!!

    I would say, Smart move by apple. Seriously...Wonder who would want to buy a PC just to browse the net while give away security and privacy with it, when u can do way better with a bit more money. Ha!
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  • law shay
    @ohshaq : you clearly don't understand the corporate PC market, where IBM and HP charge like $4000 a year for each notebook issued to each employee. Chrome is not a consumer product but a corporate product. Consumer can use Android for sure.
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  • back_by_demand
    law shay@ohshaq : you clearly don't understand the corporate PC market, where IBM and HP charge like $4000 a year for each notebook issued to each employee

    It's not just the big OEMS, pretty much any corporate laptop with FDE or Pointsec hard drives. Honestly, some people play a few games and build their own PC at home and think they are suddenly experts or something.
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