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.