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Apple's Mobile Me is going away

With the release of iOS 5 sometime in fall of 2011, Apple is phasing out Mobile Me. Some Mobile Me services will be replaced by new free iCloud services. If you're currently a Mobile Me subscriber here's what you need to know.

First and foremost, if you had an active MobileMe account as of June 6, 2011, your service and access to your account and data have been extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, the MobileMe service will no longer be available. No new MobileMe accounts can be created, and current subscribers can't renew.

iCloud will be a free service at the basic level. There will be charges for more storage and for the new iMatch service.

These MobileMe services will move to iCloud:

  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Bookmarks
  • Find My iPhone
  • Back to My Mac

These MobileMe services will be discontinued and will no longer be available after June 30, 20102:

  • iWeb publishing
  • Gallery
  • iDisk

You will need to move all your iDisk data, any Web sites you have made (with or without iWeb), and all photo galleries before June 30 2012 or lose the data. Moreover, note that it's possible that iWeb, despite a small update to improve stability on July 11, may be going away.

Here's how to move your MobileMe photo Galleries or movies to a domain or Web site once you have obtained Web hosting services. Remember, if your images in your Mobile Me Galleries aren't in iPhoto, you can Sync them to iPhoto, and download them that way (Go to Preferences in iPhoto, then see the MobileMe settings).

Here's how to move sites you've created with iWeb to a Web hosting service or other Web site. If you've used iWeb to create a blog, your RSS feeds, and Comments, will no longer function. You may be better off using Blogger or WordPress to re-create your blog, rather than moving the files. If you have a DropBox account, even a free one, you can move your iWeb projects or site to DropBox, and serve them that way.

Here's how to download files from your iDisk to your Mac or PC.

Apple says if you have an active .me or .mac email account or address when you sign up for iCloud this Fall, you'll be able to transfer your email account to iCloud. You'll also be able to move your contacts and calendars.

Syncing of Mac Dashboard Widgets, Keychains, Dock items, and System Preferences will not be part of iCloud, nor will you be able to continue syncing them once you've transitioned to using iCloud.

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