MobileMe Revamp Set for April Launch? Existing Support to Continue for One Year?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    iLounge reports that Apple is planning to roll out its revamped MobileMe service next month, potentially unveiling a new cloud-based service allowing users to store their music, photos, and other content for access from any of a number of Internet-connected devices.
    The source also indicates that Apple plans to support the existing MobileMe service for the next year, suggesting that the new service may be different enough from existing offerings to allow the current program to continue for those who have already paid up for a year's subscription.

    While we have reservations about the secondhand nature of the information originating from a "supplier", an April launch for the new MobileMe would fit with a report from earlier this month claiming that Apple will hold a media event early next month to preview iOS 5 and unveil the revamped MobileMe services.

    Apple has been said to be working on an overhaul of MobileMe, and the company last month discontinued the retail box versions of MobileMe and removed the option for bundling discounted MobileMe service with new Mac purchases, suggesting that Apple may be downplaying its current MobileMe services ahead of the revamp.

    Article Link: MobileMe Revamp Set for April Launch? Existing Support to Continue for One Year?
  2. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    It'll be interesting to see if this somehow folds into the rumored Mac on iPhone/iPad stuff that's floating around today. So the iOS "file system" so many big iPad users are clamoring for (including yours truly) becomes the files on your Mac. Which files also conveniently reside in the cloud.

    It also serves the purpose of allowing iOS devices to play nice(r) with Macs from a file on/off/sync perspective.

    Whatever the solution I really hope apple gets this right, and I am optimistic that they will. I've resisted changes to my current workflow and file management while waiting for an apple solution.

    I am seriously excited for the April preview event...
  3. pubwvj macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    Beware that what is stored in the cloud is not protected by the usual Constitutional protections against government search, seizure, privacy, etc. Be prepared for warrant-less invasion of your privacy. Don't store anything on there you want private. No credit card info, no legal documents, nada.
  4. shartypants macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
    I sure hope the revamping includes fixing their syncing!
  5. iDisk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2010
    Menlo Park, CA
    iDisk will be the biggest re-vamp since launch
  6. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    Virginia, USA
  7. AtariMac macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2004
    Southeastern, PA
    I wonder what it means for my long running .mac mail account that I've had since Mobile was .Mac and before that iTools.
  8. iCrizzo macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2010
    Burlington, VT
  9. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    I hope they do not officially kill .mac email address support when this happens... I really dislike using the .me domain.
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Agreed, if I lose my email address, I'll be extremely disappointed to lose my email address :(

    I've had this since iTools was rolled out where Jobs offered free email
  11. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Really interested to see how they will handle existing paying customers if this becomes a free service.
  12. jbennardo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    Man those were the days. Yeah I'd better not lose my email address.
  13. Gaura Mohana macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2011
    Gainesville, FL
    i just hope we get free email address
  14. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Be careful!

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  15. ozred macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2011
    It's this type of blind faith, with not one fact of what the service will be like, that is so unique and scary.

    No wonder Apple is ultra successful, they don't even have to do anything and the customers opening their wallet at the mere suggestion of a new product.

    Simply mind boggling.

    Don't any of these fanboys think for themselves ?
  16. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I thought what they might do was to launch the new service for free.

    But you'd not get much for free, and you'd have to take out a sub to get increased storage.

    Those who already had paid for the year, would automatically get the paid/enhanced version of the new package.

    That makes sense does it not?
  17. Cagle macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    Great news! Weird though, won't this evetuallyl bugger up the sales of their larger capacity machines? I bet they make a killing off that $100 price increase.
  18. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I think it's already been well established that because of the quality of broadband connections in the US, the amount of time it would take to upload say 20GB of music to a server would put this beyond the realm of possibility for most American consumers.

    Actual uploading won't happen. Tag matching (or verification of music purchases from iTunes) is much more likely. Same with movies.
  19. Flacofromny macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2010
    Please be Free

    all i want for this mobileme thing is to be free thats it..i ont wanna pay $100.00 for something that google offer for free...i dont wanna depend on google for anything..just apple..
  20. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Stop thinking your information is so important. It's not. Governments only want our money. That's it.

    Also, where are you getting the information about the Constitution? Is there an exemption clause in the Constitution about cloud storage? I missed that part.

    Additionally, you should encrypt anything stored remotely. I have several terabytes of data on Backblaze, all useless without my encryption key. Is this really hard to figure out, or are you just trolling?
  21. PittHockey macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Do you? You're the exact opposite, blind hate.
  22. MattiaC28 macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    me too, seen that my MobileMe subscription is going to renew this sunday...:(

    I hope this "revamped" service is not based on advertising 'cause I really hate those banners/sponsored links at the bottom of messages. And I hope also they are going to boost iDisk speed, as of now it takes ages to upload/download a file through the Finder...
  23. Big Dawg 23 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2011
    I am interested in to what changes. I just moved to the iPhone last week after deciding on leaving Android platform. I had many other Apple products except PC. yesterday I signed up for a now 60 day free trial to see how I like it. iDisk is the most likely all I will need. My phone and iPad function off of exchange from my work.
  24. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    I use Fios, and I've been uploading to a cloud storage service at 700 KB/s for a month. At this rate, your 20 GB example would take less than 8 hours. It's roughly 57 GB/day at this rate. 8 hours is very reasonable.

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