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Leaked file shows MobileMe-to-iCloud upgrade process

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Tue June 7, 2011

Document explains iOS, Lion, Windows steps

A leaked PDF file shows how Apple intends to migrate people from MobileMe to iCloud. The document is split into three different sections: one for iOS 5, another for OS X Lion, and a third for Windows. With the first two, Apple's wording currently assumes a person is using the iOS 5 beta or the Lion developer preview.

In iOS the process begins by deciding how much MobileMe calendar data to sync. Under the Mail, Contacts, Calendars submenu in Settings, users can choose to sync events in a range from two weeks back through to an entire history. Once the data is copied, people must use the same submenu to disable MobileMe contact, calendar, bookmark and Find My iPhone sync, but choose to keep the current data. Mail and notes can stay active.

Only at this point can iCloud be safely configured. Apple recommends changing calendar sync back to a standard one month, though, for better performance. It also warns that duplicate events might show if a person has manually entered CalDAV accounts with as a server.

The Lion process is similar, requiring people to shut off MobileMe contact, bookmark and Back to My Mac options, and export calendars if the data wasn't already transferred through iOS. The MobileMe account should then be removed from iCal, and iCloud launched using an Apple ID.

The Windows procedure is somewhat more complicated, requiring a very specific save process in Outlook if calendars haven't already been transferred in iOS. The task is finished, however, by simply signing out of the MobileMe Control Panel, and then signing in with the new iCloud Control Panel, which guides users the rest of the way.

by MacNN Staff



  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does this mean "Back to My Mac" is dead? That would suck! It was one of the few MobileMe features I actually liked and used on a regular basis.

  1. daqman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This isn't the MobileMe upgrade process

    If you read the file one step is creating a NEW Apple ID that is a valid email address. You can't use an address that is already a MobileMe address. So, at the end of the process you have an email address that is not the or that you had before. The information so far on migration is that you can keep your existing email address. Actually that is a MUST since, at least in my case, so many people and companies use that address that it is the main reason I have suffered MobileMe for years.

    Also @ sammaffei - Back to My Mac probably isn't dead it's just so easy to set up that it wasn't listed in the instructions.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same ol' apple

    Announce a new product. Announce the death of the old product. Give the user's of the old product absolutely no information so all they do is spend their time looking around trying to figure out whether they need to start hunting around for alternatives to their current usages.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Web galleries?

    I caught the part about synching photos "photo-stream" but I'm confused about creating galleries as in mobileme. Is iPhoto the only way to create this feature? There is something about 30 days to download all photostream image and then they get the boot. I imagine Apple has got this all figured out just wish a little more info was available now rather than this fall.

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