Apple posts FAQ and transition guide re: MobileMe and iCloud

Sat, Jun 25, 2011


Apple yesterday posted a transition/FAQ document explaining some of the nuances of iCloud and addressing many of the questions that have been raised by current MobileMe subscribers and folks otherwise curious about Apple’s new cloud initiative.

First off, MobileMe will be expiring on June 30, 2012, after which it will no longer be available. But fear not, many, yet not all, of MobileMe’s functionality and services will be incorporated into iCloud.

Other points of interest:

MobileMe email addresses will remain valid after the iCloud transition. Also, and clarifying what was previously a point of speculation, Apple write that there will be web access to iCloud services like Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Find my iPhone. Previously, some theorized that Apple would not offer any web based access to something as fundamental as email.

As for websites composed with iWeb, Apple writes that users can continue publishing iWeb sites to MobileMe through June 30, 2012. After that, well, you better move on over to another hosting service.

As for photos posted to MobileMe galleries, Apple writes:

You will be able to continue using MobileMe Gallery through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. You should save copies of all photos published to your Gallery before that date. If you have a Mac, it is likely that most of your Gallery photos are already in iPhoto. If not, you can sync the Gallery photos to your iPhoto library. You can also download your photos and movies from the web.

Also of note –  MobileMe iDisk is going kaput on June 30, 2012 so users should save all files they have stored there beforehand.

Regarding different iTunes and MobileMe accounts, Apple writes that users will not be able to merge them into one unified account. Users can, however, move their MobileMe account over to iCloud.

You can check out Apple’s full FAQ on the above over here.



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