Find My Mac Goes Live For Developers

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Find My Mac has gone live for developers beta testing Apple's iCloud service. Find My Mac was officially added to Lion in Developer Preview 4, released after WWDC in June, though evidence of the feature had leaked in prior releases.

Find My Mac is very similar to Find My iPhone, only because the Mac has no GPS functionality, it seems likely the feature relies solely on nearby Wi-Fi networks to determine the computer's location.

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Once it finds the lost Mac, users can send a message, remotely lock the screen, or even wipe out the entire drive. Find My Mac may launch this fall with the general release of iCloud.

Top Rated Comments

Erwin-Br Avatar
127 months ago
Ah, great! Sometimes I forget where I left my Mac Pro workstation*. This will be a great help for me! :D

*Usually when drunk.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Certinfy Avatar
127 months ago
At this rate in a few years we're also going to have "find my house" :D
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hobo.hopkins Avatar
127 months ago
This sounds like a great feature, especially for college students who may have MacBooks that could be stolen quite easily. At least locating the computer could result in getting it back.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MarkMS Avatar
127 months ago
Find my Mac? Cool. LOL. Guess everyone should do a secure 3 write when selling their macs now.
Everyone should always do a 1-pass (Zero data) erase. I do a 7-pass anytime I sell a computer and a 1-pass when I buy it a pre-owned machine.

But seriously, this will be even better if 3G/4G/LTE is added to future MacBook Airs or Pros. I rarely take my MBP out of the house, but I can see this being helpful for students and those who are always on the move.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jyoung96 Avatar
127 months ago
I wonder how easy it is to defeat a remotely locked Mac, such as putting it in target disk mode. Until I know more about how it works I wouldn't consider that a way to protect my data on a lost Mac. I'd wipe out the entire drive instead.



when you boot up, it goes straight to the passcode screen, i tried booting off disks, target disk mode, it won't accept it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winston1236 Avatar
127 months ago
Useless. Who is gonna return a mac after it is lost or stolen?

i dont want them to return it, i want to locate it and ill find them
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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