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Official MobileMe Gallery iPhone App Released by Apple

Apple (s aapl) released a dedicated MobileMe iDisk app not too long ago for those of us who stubbornly continue to pay good money for a subscription, but iDisk, as the app is called, is really just a file manager and nothing more. Today, Apple unveiled another MobileMe-specific iPhone application, this one called Gallery (iTunes link). You can probably guess what it does.

Gallery allows you to browse your MobileMe photo galleries, something you aren’t able to access using iDisk. The app has all the polish and intuitive UI design you’d expect from Apple, and it keeps things simple and to the point. Even if you’re an avid MobileMe Gallery user with many albums, you should have no trouble browsing through albums and finding specific photos.

My problem is, as you may notice from the screenshots, I’m not really an avid user of the Gallery feature of MobileMe. In fact, I had to upload a new album (“Dogs”) for the purpose of this post, having only had my Random one from before, with a grand total of four photos. Even using established platforms like Facebook and Flickr, I tend not to have or share too many pictures.

That said, I like the way the MobileMe Gallery app works on my iPhone, and can see how it would be great in conjunction with iPhoto for both backing up and making it easy to share photos from events like family get-togethers and birthdays, etc. That way, I could store a lot less photos on my iPhone’s camera reel, and basically carry around my entire library in my pocket for showing off to friends and relatives anywhere I have Internet access.

A feature that’s very promising is the ability to configure Safari to open MobileMe Gallery links directly in the app, sort of the way the new Facebook uses “fb://” links to open its own application. I say promising because although it seems terribly convenient, especially if you do a lot of mobile browsing, which I do, I’ve never actually visited another person’s MobileMe gallery in my entire year and a bit of being a subscriber.

It wouldn’t be the first time an iPhone app has resulted in me actually using a service I never thought I would, and it likely won’t be the last, either. Plus it’s free, though you have to have a MobileMe subscription to use it, but it does help justify the cost of that by another couple of degrees. Good news for suckers like me.

10 Responses to “Official MobileMe Gallery iPhone App Released by Apple”

  1. It almost seems as if you are struggling to find value in this app. I don’t think I would have much use for the features here either, but it does look good, as do just about all of Apple’s offerings..

  2. mike sanders

    re my previous message I have now fixed the problem but only by downloading the app from the app store which inserted the link into an email. I give Apple no marks for not covering this in their many videos and sale material.
    Thanks anyway

  3. mike sanders

    can anyone help. how does a friend or family member access my mobile me gallery without having a mobile me account? The only way seems to be by using my membership and login which then gives them acces everything else such as mail contacts etc. This can’t be so can it?

  4. The UI of the MobileMe Gallery app is similar to the Photo app. It is a pity they did not combine the two.The photos in my Photo app come from iPhoto, so do the photos in my MobileMe Gallery app. So I’m actually storing the same photo twice on my iPhone. That’s taking up valuable space.

  5. hkiphone

    I would have been even happier if they merged this function with the iDisk app into one generic app called “” or something. From there, you should be able to do everything you want like you can via a browser, which stupendously, you can’t do on mobile safari! (Check your account, forward links, re-arrange photos, check idisk content, etc). As it is, its now taken up yet another valuable space on the springboard.

    • Merlosso

      I agree and I have been hoping for that for a while. I fear that it won’t happen now that there is a seperate app for it. I don’t understand why I have to upload photos one by one to MobileMe from the Photos app or why I have to move the pictures from my phone to my PC, then upload them to MobileMe, then open this app to view them. It would be so much easier to just move a photo from the Camera Roll into a gallery and have it sync behind the scenes to MobileMe, all within the existing Photos app.