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Apple previews new .Mac email UI

updated 10:55 pm EDT, Tue September 26, 2006

New .Mac email UI coming

Apple has posted a preview of its upcoming .Mac interface overhaul, which will make the paid web service look like its propietary email application built for Mac OS X: is bundled free with every Mac and offers users the ability to download, sort, and organize both POP and IMAP-based email on the desktop. The overhaul will apparently bring the UI to the Web, offering an indentical look along with similar functionality, such as drag & drop functions for single and multiple email, a three-pane interface to preview messages without leaving the window, section-based refreshes to reduce complete page loads, quick-reply functions to easily respond without leaving the window, a built-in, fully integrated Address Book, message flagging, and keyboard shortcuts.

Many of the same email functions are offered by other free email services, such as Google's Gmail and Yahoo Mail; however, Apple charges a $99 per year premium for its services, but includes more than just email and is well integrated with the Mac OS X operating system. These services include iWeb integration, iPhoto photocasting, iDisk for storing/uploading files, sync functions for multiple computers, data backup functions, photo galleries, simple group collaboration/messaging, and more. The service is offered at a $30 discount for the first year when purchased with a new Mac.

by MacNN Staff




  1. devilla101

    Joined: Dec 1969


    nice but...

    No way in h*** im renewing subscription.

    s*** service and mediocre offering for the current price. Gmail, gmail calendar and google iphoto plugin all the way!! And it costs nothing!

  1. Miniryu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google iPhoto pluggin?

    What is that? I'm not renewing my subscription as well: I've outgrown all of the usefull services they offer. Having a way to sync iPhoto (via google?) will just be icing on the cake.

  1. gmsmith

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google Plugin for iPhoto

    There is indeed:

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Time to raise the bar

    Okay I enjoy or say use most of the features of my .mac account especially the backup and syncing but it would be nice to see Apple beef up the .mac offerings. Leopard may bring great to new features to .mac but until then how about doubling the storage space Steve!

  1. cherrypop

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks great.

    Looks good to me.

    For those of you that object to the $99/year price tag, I've posted a tutorial on how to save 20-50% on renewals and first-time signups:

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks good

    I continually use .Mac. GMail is not for me - I'd rather not have my mail be used to sell advertising, thanks.

    The new UI looks good - big improvement.

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    google on board

    With Google's CEO now on the Apple Board, it'll be interesting to see what transformations occur in .Mac over the next 6-12 months.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: google on board

    I'll save you the effort and time.

    # of transformations/changes: None

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    let's hope...

    this means next/prev buttons are going to be standard in as well...

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Once again testudo....

    ... can be relied upon to contribute the most worthless of all comments. Congrats, little buddy, for being consistent.

    So, when are you going to switch to your new Windows PC? Seeing as how muhc you loathe Apple, I would assume your paper route has earned you enough to at least be halfway there, right?

    Let's just hope you'll participate with the same fervor on Windows fora, though I kinda doubt it...

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