A while ago I blogged about a rumoured upgrade to Apple's .Mac service. Well the rumour is back with a vengeance after some coders sniffed through Apple's OS X 1.5.3 update.

Russian website Deep Apple is reporting on changes to the source code for OS X 10.5.3 and found this gem:

What this screen purports to show is code prepping OS X for a renaming of the .Mac service.

So is .Mac getting a whole new name as well as new features? There's no way of knowing for sure, but it certainly seems to be heading that way.

This is probably a good thing. After all .Mac was always a daft name. Newcomers to the Mac don't know what it does, most people don't even know how to pronounce it (dotmac). Search engines struggle with it because they generally dismiss the dot and then confuse it with Mac.

Hopefully Apple will come up with a better name. I'm hoping they go with Apple Live to pay Microsoft back for swiping Multi-Touch.

Any other suggestions in the comment box will be most welcome.