.Mac re-branding is coming
May 30, 2008 by Dmitry
I’m not in Apple rumors business, but… hell… why not?
Apple will rename their .Mac service soon. Hints are everywhere in Mac OS X 10.5.3 update.
iCal’s Localizable.strings file contains the following string:
/* Label of .Mac button in iCal’s General preferences. %@ is the new name of Apple’s online service (was .Mac) (remove -XX02)
Safari has the following lines in its Localizable.strings:
/* Title of .Mac alert sheet, with .Mac brand name subsituted */ “You need a %@ account that has syncing enabled” = “You need a %@ account that has syncing enabled”;
Same with Mail’s Prefs.strings:
/* Title of button used to open the .Mac system preference pane. */ “AOS_SYNC_BUTTON_FORMAT” = “%@…”; /* Descriptive text for .Mac Sync. */ “AOS_SYNC_FORMAT” = “Use %@ to synchronize Accounts, Rules, Notes, Signatures, and Smart Mailboxes.”;
Almost everywhere “.Mac” has been replaced with
%@, which means that the name of Apple’s online service will be inserted programmatically by applications.
I looked into binaries to find out what the new name is, but it seems like apps take this value from
/System/Library/PreferencePanes/Mac.prefPane /System/Library/CoreServices/AOS.bundle (thanks, Mike!), which still has the old name. It seems like it will be updated via Software Update once Apple renames .Mac and — boom! — all your apps will have the new name.
Kudos to DeepApple [ru] for finding strings in iCal.
Update: next post: “Mobile Me” name found!
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