A recently-discovered patent application by Apple shows that the fruity company has been considering the idea of an ad-supported version of OS X. Such an OS could disable some functions of the system while the advertisement is being presented; ensuring that users will pay some attention to it, and the user will also have the option to delay the ads by up to 10 minutes, just to make sure that it doesn’t interrupt important tasks. Of course, it doesn’t seem to logical for Apple to include this in a home user environment, but it could be useful for places such as Internet cafes which might be willing to offer reduced rates for use of the system in return for the ads being presented via this patent.
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