June 24, 2011
Apple has just released a new MobileMe to iCloud transition FAQ that answers many of the questions many have had since the iCloud service was announced earlier this month. In particular, we now know that yes, users will be able to access iCloud apps on the web. However, not all of them. MobileMe, Apple’s hodgepodge of web services, is eventually going away with the introduction of iCloud. As such, MobileMe, which originally sold for $99/year, is already no longer available as a paid sync service. Therefore, for those of us that had an active MobileMe account as of June 6, 2011, your service has been extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, MobileMe will no longer be available. However, what’s to happen with MobileMe’s existing services? According to today’s new transition FAQ, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks, Find My iPhone and Back to My Mac will still be supported. However, iWeb publishing, Gallery, and iDisk will go away. In addition, as announced previously, iCloud will include new services like iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books, and backup and restore. Some other details from the FAQ worth highlighting, include:
Will I be able to access iCloud services on the web? Yes. Web access to iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Find My iPhone will be available at icloud.com this fall. What happens to the iWeb sites that I’ve published to MobileMe? You will be able to continue publishing iWeb sites to MobileMe through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. With iWeb you can easily move a site published to MobileMe to another web hosting service and you should do so before that date. Please read this article for details. What happens to the other sync services I use for my Mac? Syncing of Mac Dashboard widgets, keychains, Dock items, and System Preferences will not be part of iCloud, but will continue to be available for you to use until you move to iCloud. After you move to iCloud or after June 30, 2012, whichever comes first, those sync services will no longer be available. Other MobileMe services that are not transitioning to iCloud (iWeb publishing, Gallery, and iDisk) will continue to be available through June 30, 2012, even after you move to iCloud.Again, you can access the entire MobileMe to iCloud transition FAQ here. Thoughts?