iCloud.com to Offer at Least Some of MobileMe's Web Functionality

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While Apple's iCloud introduction at WWDC offered a lot of new information, Apple has been quiet as to exactly what this means to the future of MobileMe's web apps such as email and calendar. In fact, it took a Steve Jobs email to find out the fate of Apple's iWeb hosting services.

    Today, ThisisMyNext posted a somewhat controversial clarification they received from Apple PR indicating that MobileMe's web apps will no longer be maintained come June 30th, 2012.
    But it seems that isn't the entire story. Apple has already started mirroring at least some of the existing MobileMe functionality on iCloud.com as well.

    One reader was able to send themselves a Calendar invitation in iOS 5 and found themselves linked to the iCloud.com domain. The invite (pictured below) is visually identical to current MobileMe invitations but carries the iCloud branding and is hosted on the iCloud.com domain:


    Following this iCloud link shows an iCloud based error page in the same theme.

    So, Apple does appear to be working on the web support interface for iCloud but isn't ready yet to talk about it, and at least some of the functionality appears to be based on the existing MobileMe codebase.

    Article Link: iCloud.com to Offer at Least Some of MobileMe's Web Functionality
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    I said before that I don't accept the rumor of Apple doing away with all mobileme features.

    Gallery for instance is very integrated into iOS devices including the AppleTV. It is a selling point for imovie too (especially on iOS devices).

    And as for storage space for a web site and idisk, will it really overwhelm the new icloud facility to continue offering every user 20GB of space for this? I mean what is 20GB on top of an entire music and video library?
  3. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    all of my personal emails are from mobile me/dot mac. Switching all my emails i get from stores, banks, people etc is going to be a pain in the butt (which is why i always renewed my dot me/mobile me account) I would like to know what is going on with the mail part.

    I also like idisk. I could easily send larges file to work if the FTP wasn't working for some reason. It was so simple.
  4. macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2009
    That was to be expected, webmail, contacts and calendar online is a MUST today if they want to keep up with th competition.

    Maybe they will even offer photogaleries, blogs withn the 5GB server space each user has.

    And i still hope for mx dns records, i'd pay good cash for those.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Get DropBox, it's as simple to share files, and it works better than iDisk AND it works on any Windows machines you use, too.

    I'll send you a PM with a referral code that will give you free extra space, too.
  6. macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2009
    This. What happens to mobileme email accounts?
  7. macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2009
    Current iCloud beta does indicate that it'll be possible to migrate any existing MobileMe accounts to iCloud. You'll be able to use your .me/.mac emails forever for free.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
  9. macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Dropbox works better than iDisk, agreed. But minor correction: iDisk works with Windows. You can mount it like any other drive. It's just WebDAV.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Apple have clearly stated that mobile me & dotMac addresses will remain after the switchover and be accessed through icloud.
  11. macrumors regular


    Dec 12, 2009
    I don't mind them dropping iDisk as it's not that great compared to Dropbox anyways, and "Documents in the cloud" will give me pretty much all I need iDisk for anyways, however not having any form of webmail of the me.com mails would be a huge drawback.

    For instance, my Mrs doesn't own an iPhone or iPad, but still got a MobileMe account from our family account. She does own an iPod Touch and can read it from there, but mostly, like at work, she'll use the webmail. The webmail is really a slow and horrible mess tbh, but still better than nothing.

    Also, when being abroad you'd like to avoid roaming. So, imo, removing all web versions of me.com would be a big mistake.
    Sure, as long at it's still IMAP based you could do your own hosting, but still.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    So will iCloud mean there is no way to access emails via a web browser? I sometimes use my emails at work, since it looks unprofessional of me sat at my desk browsing my phone, as least with me.com I can be looking like I'm working. Or have it in another tab.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2008
    San Juan, PR
    MobileMe Mail will work as normal in iCloud. You can use you @me.com address or open a new free @me.com one.
  14. macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2008
    Vienna, Austria
    I am so hoping for an iCloud Pro from Apple, continue charging me money and giving me the service I deserve therefor. Seriously.
    My mobileme email box nowadays weighs in at 2.3 GB and my iDisk comes as nearly 10GB. How should that fit into a future free iCloud account? Plus, you definitely want to compete with Google when releasing iCloud - without a web access to my emails? Please, you're not serious about that, are you?

    Here is a customer willing to give you some money. Listen to him!
  15. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    I can't view the video while at work - but when I watched it, it sounded VERY much like the web apps would live on as iCloud web apps. The only four that I took as "guaranteed" were the four that were just updated recently: Email, calendar, address book, and Find My (Device).

    I use MobileMe gallery for a lot of sharing, and my personal website has been hosted on Apple's service since it was iTools a long time ago - the current one an iWeb design.

    But, nowadays, most of my 'sharing' is on sites like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and the like. So I guess Apple just sees the writing on the wall that "personal websites" are effectively disappearing. But it does abandon a lot of people who have been using iTools/.Mac/MobileMe for 'hobby websites' or small business websites. (There are quite a few independent Mac software developers who still use MobileMe-hosted sites as their primary website!)

    The big blow to me is that I host my personal domain's website on MobileMe, and use the iDisk integration to have a "Media" folder for random stuff I want to post to the web. (i.e. mydomain.com/Media/file.jpg ) THAT will be a loss, since I've been posting crap (to forums and the like) using that forever. Now I need to find a new cheap/free/somethingI'mAlreadyPayingFor place to host that I can use the same URL for. (Since that will break a *LOT* of old forums posts, if I can't use the same domain/URL.)
  16. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008


    Definitely some MobileMe magic being used.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    I never, for a second, thought that there *wouldn't* be a web-based e-mail app for @me.com addresses. Didn't even cross my mind.
  18. macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2009
    ICloud disk space seems to be upgradable, atleast the option in IOS 5 beta already exists ( not working yet though).
  19. macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    I wish Apple would release some clarification on what'll happen to existing iWeb sites. Both myself and my mother-in-law-to-be use iWeb and MobileMe to host our websites and one of the reasons I got her to switch to Mac was because of how easy iWeb was to create simple good looking web presences with.

    Does all of this mean that our iWeb MobileMe hosted sites will simply cease to exist come the switchover? Neither she nor I have the time to redo our websites in a clunky html editor. I thought the days of having to use the likes of Dreamweaver were behind me. :(
  20. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    Arlington, VA
    Hate dropbox the interface and usability is not as intuitive as iDisk. I got a beta invite, gave it a 1 year run, but it failed miserably.

    Dropbox has yet to mature and really bake into a great cloud based service. Just my opinion.
  21. dfs
    macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
    Apple Webmail

    I have a MobileMe account and normally don't use the Webmail alternative, but sometimes I do when I'm on the road. I don't worry much about Apple retaining it: I've read somewhere that the OS backup partition for Lion will also contain Safari so that the user can access help files, etc., and also can use Webmail until he gets his system up and running again. If true, this would imply that Apple has long-range plans for Webmail.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    under your bed
    can I keep my @mac email addy? i don't need anything fresh like @iCloud
  23. macrumors 68040

    Jul 30, 2003
    It works 'partly', at least compared to Dropbox which caches local copies of all your files. Mounting a WebDAV volume does not automatically caches its contents locally (unless you are savvy enough to install and configure a syncing app on Windows which does this).

    What interface? There is no interface, it is just a normal folder on your computer.

    Apple has clarified this perfectly well, until July 2012, nothing changes.
    Expecting any kind of assurances beyond one year for cloud services is just unrealistic. These things evolve constantly and everything is always 'subject to change'.
  24. macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Alias Email

    just a thought, I also use my alias email's for shopping, subscriptions etc. I hope I can keep these with the migration!
  25. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    I commented on the original story from thisismynext.com

    I thought it would be crazy if apple DIDN'T have a web front end. Just because Apple never mentioned anything, didn't mean it wasn't going to exist. It would be such a backwards move on Apple's part considering their heritage.

    The iPhone wasn't mentioned at WWDC, doesn't mean there isn't one coming out.

    So while Josh does make some other interesting points in his article, I think he might have reached too far on this one.

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