iTools = .Mac?

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Previously rumored iTools revamp may be in the works.

    ThinkSecret posted an update complete with screenshot that reports:

    Various references to iTools -- in Jaguar's System Preferences, Internet Explorer toolbar and other locations -- have been replaced with ".Mac," in a naming style similar to Microsoft Corporation's .NET services.

    Any added functionality is unclear... but Video Conferencing and iChat are expected soon and may integrate with the new .Mac service.
  2. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2001
  3. menoinjun macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2001
    I heard that Apple might be starting some sort of online training for mac os x. Look for that also. New displays, new itools, jaguar announcement, new towers... this should be a kick butt macworld.

  4. Backtothemac macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2002
    San Destin Florida
    Why would this suck? Use the .Net advertising to raise awareness of .Mac. It could also be the Mac version of .Net (God please don't let this be the case). All in all, I think it is a good migration of iTools. Could bring some really neat features.
  5. meta-ghost macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2002
    San Francisco
    One of the functions iTools must be headed towards is what many companies see as the substantial profit margins in future online storage of documents. HP doesn't make it's money on printers but the paper and ink it sells as a follow up. They are now developing a pretty slick method of data storage over the web with high speed access that will blow away current methods. Hardware profits can't compare to these sorts of revenue streams.
  6. Tue12 macrumors member

    May 14, 2002
    For some odd reason, I find this hilariously funny. :D
  7. Sayer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2002
    Austin, TX

    Has anyone considered the possibility that the .Mac might end up being a top level domain name?

    Just a thought.
  8. ShaolinMiddleFinger macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2001
  9. JtheLemur macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2002
    Since those .mac changes were in an interim dev release of jaguar, maybe it's just a joke!

    I mean, a bunch of Apple programmers, working hard for months - I think it would be great stress relief to play a big joke on a ton of developers by renaming iTools ".mac" for one interim release... =D
  10. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    I sincerely hope you're right.
  11. j763 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2001
    Champaign, IL, USA
    i think M$ might be a little pissed if it wasn't a joke... i mean, really... .NET and .MAC
  12. cgmpowers macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2002
    Here's my question on .Mac (iTools)

    I already pay for a few hundred megs (I had 500 megs for a while now have 300)... Will .Mac be more expensive than the extra drive space??

    I can handle that amount (for the space I need) but they're going to really have to deliver to get me to pay more than that...I've really been disappointed with the lack of templates for iMovies and iPhoto pages...

  13. Geert macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2001
    I recall an issue where the CEO of Pepsi gave a day of to all his employees 'cause Coca-Cola tried for the first time in history to copy Pepsi iso vica versa. (remember the new coca-cola somewhere mid 80-ies, coca-cola made their coke sweeter and thus more Pepsi-like)

    So perhaps Gates will also give his entire staff a day off, 'cause for the first time in history, Apple copies M$.

    I sincerely hope this is fake, and will nevere happen.
    I like the name Itools so much. They would have to change all their iapps as well, to fit the .mac feature.
    picture.mac (iphoto) Movie.mac (iMovie) dvd.mac (iDvd) disc.mac (iDisc) ....
    oh man, this gives me the shivers. (bad connections, bad apps, ... feels like winblows to me)

    Let's hope so.
  14. gropo macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2002
    Queens, NYC
  15. clonenode macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2002
    I inclined to agree that this is Apple having a little fun with us. If you examine the screen shot at Think Secret you will notice that some of the text wraps are really bad. They don't show Apple's usually sensitivity to text and typography.

    I'm willing to bet this is just a fun little red herring that Apple decided to throw into the developer builds.
  16. gropo macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2002
    Queens, NYC
    Very true, let's not forget that the main graphic sports a lower-case "m", yet the description sports upper-case "M"s... Not the type of inconsitency Apple ever seems to brandish...
  17. drastik macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2002
    The whole thing could be a fake, this is ThinkSecret, we're talking about. Could just be badly faked screen shots, not something originating from Apple. Also, ThinkSecret is pissed at Apple right now, vis a vis the MWNY press pass snafu.
  18. firewire2001 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2002
    Hong Kong
    i am almost 100% sure that .Mac wil be some kind of new service -- not completely related to iTools, but maybe an extension to it.

    if you have the latest release of jaguar - AND YOU DIDNT UPGRADE FROM THE LAST VERSION ( you did a clean install) you would see that in IE 5.2 there are some pre-set links...

    there are two that are suspicous... one says "Apple" and is linked to and the other says ".Mac" which directs you to . currently connects you to iTools... SOMETHING IT DIDNT USED TO DO BEFORE -- it used to link to .. but in the future it may be different...

    also, i think that the whole itools/mac login thing is just like if you have a iTools account you can login to a .Mac account...

    id post a screenshot but im at work now, so i cannot.. ill try to post one later.

  19. Moonlight macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2002
    Los Angeles

    yea, it has to be fake, there is no benifit in changing it to .mac :confused:
  20. firewire2001 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2002
    Hong Kong
  21. Nonsanity macrumors newbie


    Nov 12, 2001
    It's a Photoshop'ed Fake


    You all knew it was a joke, but just to settle the matter...

    Taking a look at the image on ThinkSecret (, and looking closely at the large ".mac" under the iTools icon, you can see that it's a cut-paste job.

    Here's a closeup of the "a". (

    Notice how the letter isn't alpha blended into the background (as the real iTool letters are, and everything else in the menu), but instead has a white halo around it. (This could have been avoided by the hoaxee by using the text tool directly on the image, instead of cut-pasting it in from somewhere else.)

    If you think this is the way it is supposed to be, take a REAL GOOD look at a screen capture (command-shift-3, look on your desktop) of your iTools menu to try and get some proof. You won't find any letters THERE lightening the pinstripes in the background, only darkening.

    But hey, you can see why someone made this image. It's a great joke.

    ...But that's all it is.


    ~ Nonsanity
  22. elmimmo macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2002

    If iTools really needs to be renamed for marketing purposes, which I see no need for, why not use @Mac.

    I do not like .Mac.

    .Net is understandable, since it is a domain that does exist.

    .Mac IMHO leads to weird onfusion since there is nothing.mac out there. Does not look cool to say that my .mac account is hosted at, what's with that dot dancing from fore to the back?

    @Mac, OTH, is understandable. My account is AT and my @mac e-mail is And it has the @ sign which many consider cool :-?
  23. MattB macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2001

    I can't believe everyone fell for this one...IT IS SO FAKE!!! I took one five second glance at the pic and could tell it had been photoshopped.

    Also notice that the ".mac" under the iTools globe and the ".Mac" on the tab are capitalized differently. Apple would not make this mistake.
  24. firewire2001 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2002
    Hong Kong
    Re: It's a Photoshop'ed Fake

    hey bubba... you should slow down..

    i cant really tell if you have jaguar actually or not... but in jaguar this whole .Mac thing looks really real.. yer problem might have to do with the fact that thinksecret slightly compresses their images...

    my previous comments from my second to last post still carry over.. i think that this whole .Mac thing is real.. though i dont really know what its all about.. heres some pictures of both the .Mac image in preferences and an IE screenshot with links included in the latest seed including a .Mac link..

    i totally disagree with you.

    btw: the images are in their original PDF format.. umcompressed ... now in jaguar if you do [ctrl+shift+4] its a PDF image...

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