RUMOR: Apple preps major revamp of .Mac to coincide with iPhone 2.0 launch

.Mac (Apple Inc.)“According to our anonymous tipster, .Mac will undergo a complete revamp that will coincide with the iPhone 2.0 launch (which everyone expects to occur at WWDC 08),” Cory Bohon reports for TUAW.

Bohon mentions:
• .Mac push e-mail coming to iPhone 2.0
• Full over-the-air syncing including calendars, contacts, and email (similar to Exchange)
• .Mac syncing on Windows

Full article here.

42 Comments

  1. This rocks!!! On a comical note this is just what Bill Gates said in his keynote in January (“Cloud computing”, “everything we do will be over the internet” , “online storage” etc.). It’s hilarious that Apple will be the first company to make it come true! How long will he let Ballmer run the show?

    Disclaimer: I don’t follow Bill Gates keynotes at all, this is the part I picked up in a short article so I could be wrong.

  2. This story is all over the place the last couple of days and I just want to point out how dumb it is.

    The header is always “Major re-vamp of .Mac services” and then all that is mentioned is over the air syncing for iPhone. Those two things are incompatible.

    I have .Mac already and the mail already syncs so frequently that it’s virtually indistinguishable from push email anyway. If you have .Mac, all your computers are already synced (contacts, bookmarks, email, and much more), and your iPhone or iPod touch syncs with one of those computers, so it already is in constant sync with everything anyway.

    Sure it would be nice to have over the air syncing for portables, but this just doesn’t equate to “a major revamp.”

    Also, all those people whining about the “expensive” 100 bucks a year fee are idiots IMO. It works out to 8 or 9 bucks a month for cripes sake! How is it that people are perfectly okay paying 600 bucks for a phone and 100 bucks a month to the phone company for the privilege of using it, but the price of a couple of cups of coffee is too much to pay for an online portal?

  3. “Revamp”? When was it vamped?

    I guess I don’t understand what .Mac push email will do, since my iPhone gets my email as soon as my computer. Corporate emails servers and such? Mine is already forwarded to my .Mac, but I guess this way you can keep them separate, rather than combined?

  4. @ Johnsson:

    Who DOES follow a Gates keynote any more? The man is so out of touch. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    These would be very welcome changes to .Mac. I do find WWDC a curious place to introduce them, considering that it’s a developers’ conference and Apple usually gears product announcements to that. Maybe the iPhone developer kit is enough justification, or they just plain don’t care.

  5. I’ve had .Mac since it was iTools (free), and I love it. Effortless website creation, Photocasting with my scattered family, Sync from my MacBook to my iMac to my work Mac Pro, iDisk (use Transmit to access files, it is 1000 times faster than Finder) and my name @mac.com

    It just doesn’t get any sweeter!

  6. I’ve so far not been interested in a .Mac account. The price, storage and features aren’t all that compelling to me, yet.

    I think Apple should take some of that big pile of cash they’re sitting on and set up a .Mac network with a meaningful amount of storage AT NO COST to customers who have purchased both Macs and iPhones/Touch.

    It would provide a great incentive to those of us who have invested in the technology. Maybe everyone would get free .Mac with something like 5 GB of storage, and then those who need more storage than that can buy it at something like $10 per month for each additional 10 gigs.

    Even my wife’s crappy hotmail account gets her 5 gigs of space for no cost (other than some mildly annoying ads).

    Apple should at least set aside enough free storage for iCal information to be stored. That alone would be compelling and would sell some systems.

  7. Question: “iPod touch… $20 upgrade again?” – John Gee
    Answer: Yes!

    Question: “Does this mean anything for Yahoo! push e-mail?” – Connor MacBook

    Answer: Yes, and even more!

    Question: “Will it be free?” – iDon’t
    Answer: No, never from Apple!

  8. “I think Apple should take some of that big pile of cash they’re sitting on and set up a .Mac network with a meaningful amount of storage AT NO COST to customers who have purchased both Macs and iPhones/Touch.”

    Great idea but will it be sustainable on the long run? I have my doubts… won’t the costs eat all their so called big pile of cash?

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