updated 12:15 pm EDT, Fri October 8, 2010
Could foreshadow iLife '11 rollout
As of November 8th, Apple is bringing an end to viewing photos, videos and other files shared using .Mac HomePage, an e-mail notice says. HomePage itself was disabled as a way of publishing new pages roughly a year ago. Apple points out that files are not being deleted, but rather moved to customers' MobileMe iDisks.
"We recommend MobileMe Gallery as a great way to share photos and movies on the web," the notice informs. "Please read these instructions on how to move your HomePage photos and movies to MobileMe Gallery. MobileMe members who have published web pages using iWeb will not be affected by this change. If you have used other software to publish web content to MobileMe or .Mac, or have questions about this change, please read this FAQ."
Because November 8th is a Monday, and Apple frequently launches new products on Tuesdays, there is speculation that the shutdown could foreshadow the launch of iLife '11. The suite is rumored to be getting a completely overhauled version of iWeb, in addition to other major enhancements. Apple is also expected to release updated MacBook Airs in the near future, and new versions of iLife are sometimes coordinated with the launch of new Macs.