updated 07:15 pm EDT, Mon August 6, 2007
.Mac announcement tomorrow
There is strong evidence that Apple will be introducing enhancements to its .Mac service tomorrow during a special media event where newly revised Macs are also expected. A posting to the .Mac home page reads "Due to scheduled maintenance, .Mac members might be intermittently unable to access some .Mac services from 10 AM to 12 PM PDT on 08/07/2007. We apologize for any inconvenience." The service has endured dogged criticism for years, with many users complaining that it offers an experience and value proposition far substandard relative to other Apple offerings.
In February, the notMac Challenge, which asks developers to create an easy-to-use replacement for Apple's dotMac service, grew to a prize pool of more than $6,000, coming nearer the challenge founder's offer to match the first $10,000 dollar-for-dollar. The prize pool has now reached more than $7,500.