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Official Apple iDisk App Finally Released

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It was announced alongside iPhone OS 3.0, and its absence has been a conspicuous, if minor, cause for analyst concern. Today, though, Apple (s aapl) finally released its official MobileMe iDisk app for download via the App Store. As was announced previously, the app allows iPhone and iPod touch users to wirelessly share and view files from their MobileMe iDisk.

Note that in order to use MobileMe iDisk, you must have a MobileMe account, although people who sign up for the 60-day free trial can get a full taste of what the app provides without paying the full price of admission.

The interface is clean and simple, as you’d expect from a native iPhone app, and there are some nice extras over and above what similar third-party applications, like OneDisk, offer. For example, when loading larger documents for viewing, the iDisk app provides an estimated time remaining in addition to a progress bar representing the file download. It’s horribly inaccurate, of course, but what estimated time remaining dialog isn’t?


The big draw for frequent iDisk users is the ability, from within the iPhone app, to share any files stored in their MobileMe account with others through email. Clicking the “Share” button brings up an email compose dialog, complete with options to set an expiry date and password for added security. Recipients won’t need to be MobileMe users to access the shared file, either. You can also add the Public Folders of other members for browsing, if you know of any. Finally, you can access all your shared documents at any time and stop sharing with only two clicks.

Still not sure what caused the lengthy delay, but as a MobileMe subscriber, I’m glad this free app has finally arrived.

10 Responses to “Official Apple iDisk App Finally Released”

  1. Julius

    I’m getting sick of APPS. Enougn with the iPhone, going back to a simpler phone that is JUST a phone. This is a craze that people will get tired of shortly, when they relize how much it’s costing them!

  2. Torbjørn Vik Lunde

    I love the concept of iDisk but it does simply not work well enough. The Finder-interface is crashes often, and if it doesn’t crash you can bet it is very slow.

    The iPhone-app did work at least, but it is still very very slow. My impression is that this is an european problem and that the iDisk actually works in the US.

    I wish they could make it work here as well, cause an iDisk that actually worked well enough for normal use would be awesome.

  3. Nicole

    I used Mobile iDisk since I starting using MobileMe last summer. It was okay but I am really excited about having the MobileMe iDisk available. There are a few applications I like to have on my iDisk so that I can access it anytime, anywhere.

    Personally I love MobileMe and the whole idea behind it. I just purchase my first MBP in May and love how my iPhone, Mac and MobileMe work together. iDisk is just another part of the pie.

  4. I’m not a Mobile Me subscriber yet, but this does spice things up. Though I prefer to keep my docs in the Google Docs world, having access to everything & being able to email from my iPhone is quite tempting. $99 a year still the going price for Mobile Me? Worth thinking about….