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MobileMe to 'Castle' (iCloud?) Upgrade in Mac OS X Lion

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Consomac.fr went digging in the latest Mac OS X Lion build to see what they could find. They discovered the icon and groundwork for 'Find My Mac' that seems to offer users the same location-based finding functionality as 'Find My iPhone'. More interesting, however, were strings that indicated that you would upgrade MobileMe to something called "Castle". (Image embedded above).
Click OK to open System Preferences and complete your upgrade from MobileMe to Castle.
Consomac guesses that "Castle" is simply a code-name for Apple's upcoming cloud services and it will be replaced with iCloud before the final launch.

Apple is rumored to have purchased the iCloud.com domain name for $4.5 million dollars. The transaction (though not the specific amount) was confirmed by All Things D sources as well. This new evidence seems to suggest that the new service will replace MobileMe as it currently exists.

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starts getting fun now...
 
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I was hoping a little this would be included with the MobileMe upgrade that is occuring rather that paying additional money for it. Otherwise, well, we can just stream the music from our computers at home for free.
 
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Dimwhit

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I like Castle for the new service. The whole Castle in the Cloud theme. It works.
 
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ziggyonice

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Castle... I wonder if that name has any significance?

A stronghold for your stuff?
Heavily protected/guarded??
A free moat with every purchase???
 
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Castle on a cloud seems the likely origin
 
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shartypants

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Castle does imply security, good code name. I'm looking forward to what MobileMe becomes.
 
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coolfactor

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Click OK

I have a couple of thoughts here:

1) Apple developers are forgetting about their own UI guidelines. Rather than using a button like "Upgrade" or "Open MobileMe Preferences", they use the generic OK label that could mean anything.

2) They are being lazy during development, and the wording will be changed before the official release.
 
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zerocustom1989

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This instantly made me think of Laputa: Castle in the sky as well as the Laputa in gulliver's travels.

I think apple should go for this over iCloud. It's a brilliant idea to brand a cloud related service as a castle. It just fits. They can even claim that it's "magic as a castle in the sky"
 
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Full of Win

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This is great news if it means the end of mobile me. Die Mobile Me - DIE DIE DIE. Anything will be better than the self centered sounding @me.com. I simply will not use the email address in a professional context. Don't mind @Mac.com, and still use it, but @me.com sends the wrong message.
 
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NY Guitarist

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Am I going to have .mac, .me and .icloud email addresses now?

Hehe.. maybe?

I stuck with the dotmac addresses when the service became MobileMe, but I think I can use both.

My MobileME renews in a few weeks. I hope I don't get nailed twice, once for the renewal and again for the upgrade.
 
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jaw04005

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What's with all the names changes?

iTools -> .Mac -> MobileMe -> iCloud

It's not the name that's hindering Apple's online efforts, it's the pricing, features and reliability.

I just hope they make iDisk as good or better as DropBox. iDisk in its current iteration is just awful.
 
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mayflower232

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Castle is the name of a new service that Apple are going to offer which focuses around location tracking and security. It is a stand-alone feature whereby you can keep track of all your devices and who is using them.
 
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NY Guitarist

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Die Mobile Me - DIE DIE DIE. Anything will be better than the self centered sounding @me.com. I simply will not use the email address in a professional context. Don't mind @Mac.com, and still use it, but @me.com sends the wrong message.

While I don't feel as strongly as you I have to agree. The original mac.com had a significant feel to it.

Me.com sounds frivolous.
 
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Porco

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This instantly made me think of Laputa: Castle in the sky [....]

ld go for this over iCloud. It's a brilliant idea to brand a cloud related service as a castle. It just fits. They can even claim that it's "magic as a castle in the sky"

(Movie Spoiler):


As big a fan of the film, and Miyazaki, as I am, I'm not sure the end of the film would make for a good analogy!! 'Store your data with Apple: watch it crumble into the sea or float off into space!' :)
 
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sinsin07

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This is great news if it means the end of mobile me. Die Mobile Me - DIE DIE DIE. Anything will be better than the self centered sounding @me.com. I simply will not use the email address in a professional context. Don't mind @Mac.com, and still use it, but @me.com sends the wrong message.

The problem with .Me is all in your mind. No one really cares what the extension is, it just a means to an end. Short suffixes are must easier, whatever they are.
 
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