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.Mac service to be renamed?

updated 10:15 am EDT, Fri May 30, 2008

.Mac o be renamed?

Apple's .Mac online service -- which provides functions such as web hosting, file storage and data sync -- may be nearing a substantial revision, code exploration indicates. Buried within the new v10.5.3 update for Mac OS X are several strings of code which imply that the .Mac name will be dropped, although a new name has not yet been chosen. In iCal's Localizable.strings file, for example, code can be found that reads: "/* Label of .Mac button in iCal's General preferences. %@ is the new name of Apple's online service (was .Mac) (remove -XX02)."

This ambiguity extends to the Localizable file for Safari: "/* Title of .Mac alert sheet, with .Mac brand name subsituted */
"You need a %@ account that has syncing enabled" = "You need a %@ account that has syncing enabled";

Finally, Mail's Prefs.strings file has been altered, and now contains:

"/* Title of button used to open the .Mac system preference pane. */

"/* Descriptive text for .Mac Sync. */
"AOS_SYNC_FORMAT" = "Use %@ to synchronize Accounts, Rules, Notes, Signatures, and Smart Mailboxes.";

Apple may be intending to announce a revised .Mac at its WWDC conference on June 9th, but no evidence to this effect has so far appeared. This could also require a v10.5.4 update to the Mac OS, which would likely take at least one or two months to implement.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Or, it could be Apple's engineers playing games on the mac community. Punk'd!

  1. surferboy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Big overhaul with functionality that gives push OTA sync calendar!

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    what they need to overhaul is iWeb.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    maybe they'll make it worth the $99 :)

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If all they do is rename the service, this will be a huge yawner.
    If they give it a major overhaul, with a significant capacity increase, new services and must-have features, then it may just get me to keep my .Mac account when it's due to renew in Fall this year. I've been on the fence about whether or not I want to keep paying the amount they ask for it, since Apple has done so little with it in the last year.

    Let's hope something big is in store for the service to keep it relevant!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    alternative explanation

    Maybe Apple will allow to synch with services other then .Mac? Latest Address Book already supports synching with gmail. What if this functionality will be expanded across other parts of Mac OS X?

  1. chromira

    Joined: Dec 1969



    iWeb = Part of iLife
    iLife = iWeb, iPhoto, iMovie, iDvd, Garageband
    Standalone Cost = $79
    Free on your new computer

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: iWeb

    Uhm... this article is about .Mac, not iWeb. THe poster that said $99 is referring to the $99/year price tag for .Mac - which is well worth it for some, not for others.

  1. jvputten

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Here we go again with $99

    Retail is for suckers.

    - Cosmo Kramer

  1. chromira

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I stand corrected. I combined two comments.
    Well worth it for some and not others. Like everything in life.
    We'll never be able to please everyone.

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