Apple Confirms MobileMe To iCloud Transition

Apple released more information about its new iCloud service, saying it will be accessible via the Web and not just by iDevices like the iPhone or iPad and also said that existing MobileMe services, such as Gallery and iDisk will not be morphed into iCloud. Apple reiterates that all existing MobileMe services should stay around until June 30th, 2012 and if you transition to iCloud as soon as it becomes available, you’ll at least be able to continue accessing your iWeb, Gallery and iDisk until next year…………


Later this year, Apple will roll out its heavily revised cloud service MobileMe and Apple has just published an FAQ detailing the MobileMe to iCloud transition. In the post they definitively answer the question of whether or not there will be access to iCloud services on the web. The FAQ, linked by Techcrunch, answers a lot of questions about the switch from MobileMe to iCloud, but the primary question that has been on people’s minds is whether or not you will have access to iCloud features on the web as well as on iDevices. Apple answers this question clearly.

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 this fall.

In addition to the web app question, Apple states clearly that iWeb, Gallery and iDisk products will not be available in iCloud, effectively rendering them dead.

If you have pictures currently hosted on MobileMe Gallery, Apple suggests that you save copies of all of the photos that you have published there. Apple gives the same advice regarding iDisk and iWeb, saying that the services will be shut down and that you should download any files that you do not want to lose. In the case of iWeb, Apple says that you can “easily move a site published to MobileMe to another web hosting service and you should do so before that date.” Although iDisk, iWeb and Gallery will continue to be available up until June 30th, even after you transition to iCloud, other services like keychain, Dock and System Preference syncing will cease to happen as soon as you make the iCloud switch.

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.

An email being received by some iCloud users caused some concern with its revelation that once your storage was full, you would stop getting your email. Apple addresses the iCloud storage issue in the FAQ, stating that iCloud ”includes 5GB of free storage for mail, documents, and backup, which should be enough for most users. Purchased music, apps, and books do not count against this 5GB of storage, nor do the photos in your Photo Stream.” Apple also provides a link for those looking to request a refund for an unused MobileMe activation code and a link to cancel current MobileMe subscriptions. When you cancel MobileMe you will receive a prorated refund but your account will be shut down, not migrated to iCloud. The FAQ also gives confirmation that you will be able to continue using a different account for iCloud and iTunes. The iTunes account will be able to be used for iTunes in the cloud and purchases.



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