Apple Releases ‘Find My Mac’ Developer Preview
Find My Mac, one of the features in Apple’s iCloud service went live for developers today as part of the beta testing. The service was added to the Developer Preview 4 that was released following Apple’s annual WWDC Conference. Find My Mac is essentially Find My iPhone on a larger platform and operates the same way.
Find My iPhone relies on GPS signals in order to locate a missing iPhone. The iPod, however, relies on the device to connect to a WiFi network. Through the WiFi connection, the user can then locate the missing device from the web or another iOS device. Find My Mac uses the same process in order to locate missing Macs and relies on the WiFi connection.
If a Mac is located using Find My Mac, users can send a message, remotely lock the screen, or even wipe out the entire hard drive on their Mac. Find My Mac is expected to be released to the public with the final release of iCloud this Fall and may be integrated into the Find My iPhone application and eventually iOS 5.