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Apple reviving expired MobileMe logins for iCloud transition

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Thu June 16, 2011

Requires iOS 5, OS X Lion

Apple is resurrecting expired MobileMe accounts in the transition to iCloud, notes 9to5Mac. Under the current arrangement, old MobileMe username and password combinations can be used as iCloud Apple IDs. The option only works, though, if a person has iOS 5, OS X Lion and the iCloud beta client.

With that software installed old accounts should be able to access all iCloud functions in Lion or iOS. The accounts are stuck in a kind of limbo regarding MobileMe, though, as they can't be used to access most web apps at me.com, like Mail or Calendar. Only Find My iPhone is said to be the exception.

Still a matter of debate is whether or not Apple is working on any iCloud web apps. While some evidence has been found to support the notion, Apple doesn't appear to be hiring for new web apps. During the company's WWDC 2011 keynote, it made no mention of plans for a web interface.




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  1. mrrwthird

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    mac.com, too?

    Does anyone know if the resurrection applies to original .mac accounts that were never transferred to mobilme?

  1. sailin74

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    if only

    I just wish they hadn't gone from AppleID to AppleID@mac.com to AppleID@me.com, at some point they lost me so now I have music and apps under both AppleID and AppleID@mac.com, and I'm sure I'll end up getting forced to use AppleID@me.com at some point so I'll have to log into 3 different iTunes accounts to update Apps. Grrr.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    They should

    They should add the ability to merge old accounts. Thankfully I have just the one Apple ID, which I'll probably switch to an @me.com email soon. I'll also forward all my old Gmail accounts to the new one.

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Jun 2011

    -7

    Nice

    So you have to buy MORER Apple products just to keep your email address? Give me a break! Apple sucks.

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