A tenuously sourced rumor over at MacDailyNews has it that Apple's $100 per year MobileMe service will soon be free. Gratis. And it's about time.

It's easy to see how free MobileMe would fit into an overarching cloud strategy for Apple: by offering photos, mail, and Find My Phone free in the cloud, they'll be able to draw people in and focus on iAd and content revenue. What's impossible to know, though, is if this rumor just confirms that line of thought, or is indicative of actual progress in that direction. [MacDailyNews via Boy Genius Report]