Apple Readies iTools Subscription Plan, Sources Say
Company CEO Steve Jobs is expected to announce the Web services program Wednesday, sources said.This weeks Macworld Conference & Expo in New York will bring a variety of additional announcements from Apple Computer Inc., such as a subscription program for the companys iTools Web services expected to be introduced during Steve Jobs Wednesday keynote, sources said. Also expected are updates to Apples iPod music player. Earlier this week, eWEEK reported that the Mac maker will also show off 17-inch flat-panel iMacs and the "Jaguar" update to Mac OS X, while speed-bumped versions of its professional Power Mac G4 systems will wait until August.
Apple is set to rebrand its iTools web services as ".Mac," pronounced dot-Mac. Jobs, Apples CEO, will reportedly announce that the company will charge users $100 per year for the services, which will be joined by new additions to make .Mac worth the fee.