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.mac To Become And

A few days ago, various websites noted a change in the recently released Mac OS X 10.5.3 that Apple replaced hard coded references of .mac with a variable, as if they plan to change the name at some point in the near future (WWDC 2008 is just around the corner).

Now it appears Apple owns and The SOA records confirm, though not is owned by Apple. The timing and name strongly suggest the same owner. manages domains for most of the large tech companies including Apple, so that’s to be expected. Remember Apple owned for ages before actually launching the iPhone, so it’s not impossible that this is just a strategic purchase and has nothing to do with a WWDC 2008 announcement.

;                                IN      SOA

;; ANSWER SECTION:                 77583   IN      SOA 2008052918 28800 7200 604800 86400

;; Query time: 16 msec
;; WHEN: Sun Jun  1 22:17:29 2008
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 91

Considering the tight relationship between Google and Apple thanks at least in part to a certain someone, one must wonder if .mac will be replaced by a Google powered service. Google already offers pretty much the entire product line. It might make sense for Apple to just outsource the .mac operation to Google. Apple initially planned for .mac to be partially free (and it was initially), but costs forced it to be a paid only service. Letting Google power it, would undoubtedly be cheaper since Google has an ability to scale is unrivaled.

I’ve got to put together a better list of predictions before WWDC 2008 (as tradition requires). But this is likely one of them.

3 replies on “.mac To Become And”

It (mobile me) stinks. I haven’t been able to get any e-mail or send for 2-1/2 days now and I’ve been working with Apple Pro Care during all this time and they are at a loss. The last man told me to go to MobileMe chat…. After about 5 hours I got a message from a Dani but was unable to send my reply thru. That doesn’t work! Hopefully SOMEDAY, someone will fix the problem.

I have sent my new card number as my card has changed? by return of email because I cannot find accounts and billing and I cannot rememebr my password

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