Apple has unleashed .Mac version 3, integrating a host of Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' synchronization features.

Subscribers to Apple's online services suite who upgrade to Tiger will be able to access new features, signalling the tighter integration between the OS and .Mac. The .Mac online interface has also been changed.

Such features include Mac-to-Mac syncing of keychains and Mail settings, such as accounts, rules, signatures and Spotlight-driven Smart Mailboxes. Apple will also soon offer a series of .Mac-exclusive Dashboard widgets.

A new Address Book sharing feature lets users turn on sharing within Tiger's Address Book Preferences in order to add other .Mac members and choose whether to allow them to edit contacts.

The company is also offering an extensive selection of tutorials to help users get to grips with Apple products, with information and advice available pertaining to: Tiger, iLife, iWork, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Shake and Logic.

Subscribers also benefit from the introduction of ten new .Mac Homepage templates, bringing the total number on offer to 80.

Users are being offered the new .Mac Family Pack. This presently offers up to five family members .Mac membership for £99.88 (normal price £119.88). Apple is offering individual membership for £20 off the normal £69 annual subscription price for a limited period. Cut prices extend until May 23.