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Apple iCloud guide shows web apps for MobileMe features

updated 02:30 pm EDT, Fri June 24, 2011

iCloud to have web apps for mail, calendar, more

Apple has posted an iCloud transition guide both to outline what was changing and to assuage worries that web apps might go away. The Q&A promises that the calendar, contacts, e-mail, and Find My iPhone will all still have web interfaces. The only services going away will be iWeb hosting, the Gallery pages, and iDisk, although iDisk is partly replaced by iCloud.

Most of the disappearing features will keep working until the previously mentioned June 30 cutoff, although Apple warned that syncing for Dashboard widgets, Dock items, keychains, and System Preferences would go away as soon as a user switched over to iCloud. Anyone depending on the services going away was told to back it up separately before phasing it out.

More questions were also touched on in the Q&A. Those who need more than 5GB of space will, like with MobileMe, have the option of paying for extra space whose prices will be outlined nearer to the launch. Existing users can't upgrade to a Family Pack, but they can move individual MobileMe sub-accounts into distinct iCloud accounts.

Refunds will be available both for those who haven't activated and those that have. Active subscribers, however, will only be prorated for service not included in a free extension. Cancellation will stop any services and isn't recommended for those who need MobileMe before iCloud is fully ready.

Web apps were expected by many to stay as competition to Google's Gmail and other web services. Apple conspicuously omitted mention of the feature in its WWDC keynote and had sparked fears that it would be limited to native clients.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Whither Gallery

    Like I said, it's going away. Shame to see iDisk go too.

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bad APPLE!

    Keychain and back to my mac are my most used mobileMe features... And gallery, why are they dropping that?

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Keychain and prefs syncing

    Those two alone made it really easy to buy and set up a new Mac. You just logged into your MobileMe acct and shortly after registration was done, you had your mail accounts setup in Mail, passwords synced over to Safari, etc.

  1. facebook_Boyd

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    Not too bad of a loss

    You get 5gb and your photos and apps are not taking up that 5gb space so that's good.

    idisk-not big deal-it's slow and dropbox and others are much better
    Keychain and prefs-I don't use so doesn't matter to me but can understand why others don't want to see it go.
    Gallery-quit using it because it was too damn slow so not a total loss but still nice-photostream will replace it.
    iweb publishing-kind of a bummer. I love iweb and have a feeling that iweb is going to be dropped in the future completely and it's a great for web design but needs to be updated.

    Overall, not to bad. They are taking away some buggy features and keeping the good ones and adding even more.

  1. chas_m



    Loss of MM Gallery -- a real pity

    The reason Apple didn't retain keychain syncing, I suspect, is that they are working on a new replacement for it.

    I love my [URL=""]MobileMe[/URL] galleries and they never fail to impress people, so I'm disappointed that they are being discontinued -- but it's not the end of the world. I had sensed that this might happen what with Flickr Pro being a very good deal and Facebook being far more popular for hosting photos (though with no sense of style, of course).

    Hopefully re-creating the galleries elsewhere won't be too much of a PITA. Photostream will be nice, but as hayesk said, no substitute.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not sure

    I don't like losing iDisk, as it was a convenient backup location.

    The only passwords I store in keychain are server and mail account stuff. I use 1Password for the rest (which syncs over dropbox). I couldn't stand having to set the keychain to the same password as my login for my computer and not being able to lock it after a short period of time (since, if you did either of those, you would be pestered continuously for your password as the mac wants to sync my bookmarks (separate from the rest, for some reason) or there's some service trying to access a network or other service.

    I guess Apple thinks web sites are now dead, everyone must be using facebook for all their pictures, blogs, info, etc.

    Oh well. On the bright side, I'm sure Apple has finally gotten their web services right! They should, at least, considering we've been beta-testing iCloud for 5 years.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One thing looking at the guide. It also looks like you can keep .Mac until next year. BUT once you switch to iCloud, you lose all sync services. Which is just weird, since all the other parts supposedly still work even after you switch.

    So, if you depend on syncing of keychains, for example, don't upgrade to iCloud until you get a replacement in place (I'd suggest using dropbox and moving the keychain into that folder).

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