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.Mac enhancements may come Tuesday

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.




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  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow or Walk Away

    Welcome or Walk Away

    This will either be a Wow or Walk Away as tomorrow will evaluate rather many of us stay with .Mac or simply walk away. Much is needed but will Apple deliver an iPhone WOW or a Mac Mini Just Walk Away?

    Rich ------------ RichGetz.com

  1. sleadley

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Google is winning

    From my perspective if you look at what Google offers vs .Mac you would have to ask yourself why pay for such a limited service. It is hard to believe that .Mac and Mac are the same company. There are some good things in .Mac but the cost vs return is very poor. I for one hope that this announcement wows me!

  1. Salsa

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Push E-mail for iPhone?

    Yahoo's e-mail doesn't work. If Apple came out with one that did work, I would be willing to pay extra for it and it would also help sell iPhones.

  1. chas_m

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    Sorry HATERS ...

    ... but .Mac is actually VERY GOOD for the price!

    Sure, Google beats it on email storage ... if you like Google READING YOUR MAIL and STICKING ADS IN IT. It's probably just me, but I don't like that sh*t.

    I'm not at ALL surprised the NotMac challenge hasn't even come CLOSE to awarding their monopoly-money prize. The fact of the matter is that NOTHING delivers all that .Mac delivers with that level of ease/integration for anywhere near that price.

    As someone who actually PAYS for the service (instead of most of you haters who haven't even tried it), I'm happy with it AS-IS and tomorrow may be just icing on my cake.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: google is winning

    From my perspective if you look at what Google offers vs .Mac you would have to ask yourself why pay for such a limited service. It is hard to believe that .Mac and Mac are the same company. There are some good things in .Mac but the cost vs return is very poor. I for one hope that this announcement wows me!

    Does Google offer online file storage? I don't even recall them having online web space. They do have mail (which you have to go through effort to delete on-line), and have bought other services.

    BTW, chas, you can get email from gmail through your mail program, which, in theory, keeps it ad free.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    .Mac integration

    If you look at the features .Mac provides, you can duplicate just about all of them for free. However, with .Mac the configuration in your system is simply putting in your name and password. The syncing, the iDisk autosync, the easy email access, the easy web hosting, etc. are all great features.

    My time is valuable, and I'd rather not spend hours upon hours getting other similar services configured and set up. $100 per year isn't all that much, especially if it means an ad-free experience.

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