Apple Mac OS X Lion can do what Google Chrome OS does?
Apple unveiled the new OS X Lion Update at the WWDC 2011 last week. The Mac OS update comes in July for $29.99 and brings tons of new features. According to MacRumors, Apple omitted to talk about at least one feature.
OS X Lion has the option to restart to Safari on the user lock screen instead of logging in normally. A browser only mode would allow OS X to be used as POS terminal without any customization. Apple is not aiming at Google Chrome OS with this feature. A lot of multimedia agencies will though love this feature and adopt OS X for their POS and POI implementations. I still remember when I developed browser based POS systems back in 1996. We had to use many tricks to keep users from getting out of the browser. Back then browsers also did not have full-screen modes and we had to develop applications that placed themselves over the windows header frame.
There is though apparently a totally different reason why there is a Safari Only Mode. According to 9to5Mac, the option is only available when Find My Mac is enabled. Apple is supposed using it to trick thieves into using the browser. This way you can identify the IP address from where your stolen Mac is used.