.MacThat huge OS X update included a couple of hints towards Apple’s online future. Tear it apart and you’ll find references to a new name for .Mac, hinting at a much-needed overhaul for Apple’s web-based services.

Hidden inside iCal, Safari and Mail, there’s code containing the words “%@ is the new name of Apple’s online service (was .Mac).” The %@ is simply a place-holder, where the new name will slot in once it’s announced.

Steve Jobs has previously acknowledged that .Mac is a little on the weak side, especially considering it’s a paid-for service, while rivals Google, MSN and Yahoo! offer similar products for free.

What’s in store? There’s no way of knowing. But hopefully we’ll see the covers ripped off Apple’s new offering at WWDC next month.

Apple (via Engadget)

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