Apple announced a significant update to .Mac, the membership-based online service
that combines the simplicity and elegance of the Macintosh with the power
of the Internet to facilitate group communication and make sharing, storing
and protecting digital photos and videos easier than ever. New features
include: .Mac Groups, a service that helps members communicate, coordinate
schedules and stay in sync with private groups of friends or colleagues; an
updated version of .Mac Backup software that makes it easy for members to
archive their iLife and other important files; a four-fold increase in
combined iDisk and email storage to 1GB for individuals and 2GB for families;
and full French and German localization.
".Mac provides the simple and elegant online experience consumers expect
from Apple," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications
Marketing. "By tapping into the power of the Internet from within the
applications they use the most, .Mac members around the globe have discovered
a better way to experience the Internet."
New .Mac features include:
.Mac Groups: .Mac members can now easily create private, ad-free
online communities that make it easy for family, friends and private
groups to communicate, coordinate and share digital media. With .Mac
Groups, members can send emails to the entire group using a single
address; post files, pictures and movies with a common group iDisk;
publish group web pages and post links to other sites; and keep
up-to-date with the latest group events with a shared iCal calendar.
Backup 3: .Mac Backup has been redesigned from the ground up resulting
in easier setup, quicker backups and the ability to seamlessly automate
the process so users don't have to remember to run a backup. New
features include the ability to automatically back up iLife content,
Home folder, iTunes purchased music, and other Mac essentials.
Built-in Mac OS X "Tiger" Spotlight search capabilities make it
easy to select specific files to backup, while incremental backups help
to save time and media costs.
Increased Online Storage: .Mac members now have four times more online
storage space than before to host their email messages, documents and
digital media files. Storage for individual members has increased to
1GB of combined email and iDisk space, .Mac Family Pack customers now
receive 2GB of combined storage. Members can utilize their storage any
way they choose dedicating more or less storage space to email or their
iDisk. Individuals or Family Pack members can optionally purchase an
additional 1GB of storage for $49.95 (US) annually.
French and German Localization: In addition to English and Japanese,
localized versions of the .Mac website are now available in French and
In addition to these new features, other .Mac services include: HomePage,
for simple yet attractive personal web sites with just a few clicks; iDisk, a
virtual hard drive in the sky for providing access to files from anywhere at
any time; .Mac Sync, which keeps Safari bookmarks, iCal calendars, Address
Book information, keychains (passwords), and Mac OS X Mail preferences
up-to-date across multiple Macs and available via web browser when users are
away from their Mac; .Mac Mail, a world-class, ad-free email service; and
Learning Center, featuring tutorials for popular Apple software applications.
Enhancements to .Mac take online communication and sharing to the next
level by opening up HomePage, iDisk, Mail and iCal to groups of friends,
colleagues and acquaintances, providing members with more online storage space
to house their increasingly growing digital media assets, all while making the
process of backing up their valuable memories easier than ever.
.Mac is available as a subscription-based service for $99.95 (US) per year
for individuals and $179.95 (US) for a Family Pack which includes one master
account and five sub accounts. Customers save $30 (US) on either the
individual subscription or the Family Pack when purchased with a new Macintosh
(terms apply) and anyone can sign up for a free, 60-day .Mac trial from