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.Mac, pronounced as "dot" Mac, is a set of paid subscription cloud services from Apple that succeeded the free iTools service. Steve Jobs introduced .Mac on July 17, 2002 at Macworld Expo in New York. To cover rising hosting costs, an annual subscription cost $99.95 following a 60-day trial period for new customers. Existing iTools users between July 16 to September 30, 2002 were offered a special introductory price of $49.95 for the first year.[1][2] .Mac was replaced by MobileMe on July 9, 2008.[1]

Description

The .Mac panel in System Preferences

.Mac required Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later.[2] A user's .Mac account access could be managed through the .Mac pane in System Preferences.

Services

.Mac consisted of a set of Internet services that was offered for free for users of Mac OS 9:

  • Mac.com, an email service with email addresses from the mac.com domain.
  • HomePage, a web page creation and hosting service.
  • iCards, an online greeting card service, that can be emailed through mac.com.
  • iDisk, Apple's cloud storage service.
  • Backup, Apple's cloud backup service, which uses iDisk.
  • Virex, antivirus software from McAfee.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Meet iCloud's great-grandfather: iTools by Stephen Hackett, iMore. 2016-01-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Apple Launches .Mac, Apple Computer. 2002-07-17. Archived 2002-08-02.

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