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.Mac name change confirmed?

updated 02:15 pm EDT, Fri May 30, 2008

.Mac name change confirmed

Earlier reports of .Mac receiving a major makeover appear to be all but confirmed, as developers and enthusiasts find proof of a .Mac name change to Mobile Me. The Coding Robots blog reveals that the new iPhone SDK also contains information specific to the .Mac restructuring. Deep in the SDK, in a file entitled "Main.strings", a definition at the beginning of the file states "MOBILE_ME_SERVICE_NAME", while a PNG graphic file called "mobileMeAlbum.png" sits within the PrivateFrameworks directory.

An individual identified as Jamie Marshall also found that is currently parked by, the domain registration service that Apple uses for its URLs, including

by MacNN Staff





  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That is just a stupid name. It sounds so Microsoft.

  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New direction?

    Sounds like they are moving away from being just mac-concentric. Going after the pc people. Maybe that's why the PC'ish sounding name...

  1. scotte75ky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dumb name

    I agree. The first thing I thought of was Windows ME when I first read the new name.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Anyone else get that sick feeling in the pit of their stomach that somehow, this will make things worse?

    The name sounds.. so... Microsoftish... sigh...

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mua hahahaha


    worst name change since MacPro

    welcome to preschool kids

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Perhaps they're going to call it "Moble *your-name-here." I'll admit, my first reaction was literally, "Eeeeww," but the name "Mobile Dan" sounds more in line with the new .Mac mantra- It's your digital life to go.

    Something tells me they'll revise it again before their through. Apple has more class than that.

  1. pixelcruncher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just threw up a little in my mouth. The de-Macification continues.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Before you all get your panties in a bunch, keep in mind what you're seeing here are comments and constant names, not the actual strings. Mobile_me can just as easily be an internal name they're using while the marketing num-nuts put their heads together to come up with whatever name they really want to call it.

    In fact, it's really stupid to change the comments or names internally, as its just a waste of time, since it doesn't matter what the code calls it, the name will come from a resource file somewhere.

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh no!

    SJ is going senile!

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like it...

    Numb Nuts Me

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