I decided to take another look at me.com, the eve before we all expect a launch at WWDC2008. It’s still using marksmonitor.com for DNS.
The TTL is still set to 28800 (8 hours). I think this will drop before 2:00 AM PST (5:00 AM EST) if they are planning to offer email service to users so that it can propegate. Also note last update was June 4 2008.
me.com. 85673 IN SOA ns1.markmonitor.com. eddingsk.apple.com. 2008060411 28800 7200 604800 86400
The www CNAME record is already pointing to Akamai (which Apple uses quite a bit). There is currently no A record for me.com (The me.com A record can’t point to Akamai since their service is delivered via a CNAME).
www.me.com. 591 IN CNAME www.me.com.edgesuite.net.
www.me.com.edgesuite.net. 18591 IN CNAME a1917.g.akamai.net.
a1917.g.akamai.net. 20 IN A 220.127.116.11
a1917.g.akamai.net. 20 IN A 18.104.22.168
No mx records yet
There’s still no mx records yet. This is interesting since it’s already pointing at Akamai’s EdgeSuite, yet it doesn’t have mx records. Why only halfway setup DNS?
There is no DNS info to be found for mobileme.com. This makes me think that Apple may not intend to launch this product tomorrow. Perhaps they just don’t want it to land in the hands of squatters? Backup domain (in case they couldn’t have me.com)?
The TTL for mac.com is set to 1880 (30 minutes). That was originally very surprising until I noticed the serial was May 16 2008. I suspect Apple always keeps it low so that they can make changes on the fly (given their past email problems, makes sense).
mac.com. 4106 IN SOA nserver.apple.com. hostmaster.apple.com. 2008051601 1800 600 1209600 7200
There’s nothing very damning here. If anything I’d conclude mobileme.com is possibly/likely not a product, just trying to keep the squatters at bay. I think more may be revealed early tomorrow morning as Apple starts to prep for launch. Unless the security team at Apple decides to wait until post-announcement to start up the site. I guess we’ll see soon enough.