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It’s official: What stays and what goes from MobileMe to iCloud

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In case you were an existing MobileMe (s aapl) subscriber wondering what services will and won’t make it through the transition to iCloud (or you’re just curious), Apple has posted an official FAQ detailing exactly what will make the cut, and addressing what will happen to iWeb and other services that don’t.

As you can see from this checklist, iWeb publishing, Gallery and iDisk are all getting the axe. Apple has said that it will continue to support iWeb publishing, posting and viewing photos in MobileMe Gallery, and reading and writing to iDisk cloud storage through June 30, 2012 if you’re an existing customer, even if you choose to transition to iCloud before that cut-off date. If you’re looking around for a hosting alternative for your site, check out Geoffrey’s rundown of some of the options available.

Services you can’t take with you if you transition early include syncing of dashboard widgets, keychains, Dock items and System Preferences. You’ll have to remain a MobileMe user if you want to continue using these features, but they’ll also be shut off for everyone on June 30, 2012. Apple points out that while the services listed above are ending, iCloud brings new features not available in MobileMe, like iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, automatic downloads for purchased content, and cloud backup and restore.

Services that you can take with you — including Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Find My iPhone — will still be accessible via web apps after the transition to iCloud, Apple says, which is a nice plus for users who want to be able to access their info, email and contacts on devices they don’t own.

As someone who’s been using MobileMe since the service was first introduced, I can honestly say that I’ve only ever used a couple of the services being discontinued (Gallery and iDisk), including the sync options. Even the ones I did use, I used only sparingly, and not recently. I think Apple’s making the smart move here, by cutting the fat as it shifts the focus to the much more generally useful services coming with iCloud.

12 Responses to “It’s official: What stays and what goes from MobileMe to iCloud”

  1. I’m struggling to understand why Apple would lose a Flickr like hosting service (a model that is tried and true), a Dropbox like iDisk service (another model that is well used) and why they would ditch iWeb, which is a pretty cool WYSIWYG editor – seems like an odd move. Not sure why not just bundle the additional services on top of the existing infrastructure???

  2. Sensel

    Isn’t Gallery a selling point/feature for Aperture? What about pros using it in Aperture? This seems like a feature Apple would want to enhance, at least for Aperture.

  3. Allister

    iWeb may be easy to use but it’s very web 1.0 and entirely out of line with Apple’s direction which is that you can access and update from anywhere. Unless they had introduced iWeb for iOS then it just didn’t make sense to keep it.

    But for me, the whole MobileMe for email approach is fundamentally flawed. Google lets me use my own domain for GMail. So I do. Until Apple offer that I’m just not going to move, no matter how cheap or amazing it may become. Contacts have to stay with email and therefore will also remain with Google. Calendars may as well as they work fine with my iOS devices.

    I recently upgraded to iPhone 4 and I had mail, contacts and calendars loaded in minutes from turning it on – all from my Google account – just like the promise from MobileMe/iCloud.

    In short, I do not need YET ANOTHER email address. I bought my domain so I never have to change ever again.

  4. Alex Perez

    I don’t see it as a problem unfortunately there’s flicker for sharing photos with “non iOS users” and its better than gallery, and for video YOUTUBE we should’ve seen it coming when you can export directly to youtube from imovie or your ipod/iphone

  5. Personally, I am very bummed about losing website hosting, Gallery, and Keychain syncing. Website hosting & Keychain – because this was very convenient and met my needs – now I really have to make sure my backups are good…

    In regards to Gallery, I don’t get it? So, if you’re not an iOS user – tough luck? So, how am I supposed to share my photo’s with people who are not iOS users? I guess I’ll be going to an Apple competitor for a Gallery replacement.

  6. Dusty Rancher

    Cutting iDisk (the service you use) is smart? Dropbox should get a nice boost. People need cross puter file transfers. When are you Apple drones going to stop pretending all is well in Apple land? I’ve been a user since 1987 (Mac SE) and these last couple of years are the worst in its history. Steve Jobs is ruining what he built. The changes to FCP X are horrible. Take a look at Conan’s opinion: Either Apple needs to be an idiot consumer company and only make hardware and OS’s, and quit introducing great applications like iWeb, MobileMe and FCP, or continue to expand the easy interfaces into professionally. Right now, Apple is straddling both halves and falling in between. Why doesn’t anyone see this happening???

    • gforce2016

      Seems like Apple is doing okay to me. If you followed the company’s growth over the past decade. iDisk sucked, iWeb was not that great, only used it for 1 website because it didn’t offer enough features and functionality etc. I think FCP X is awesome. Huge improvement in user friendless and productivity over previous FCP. And a lot cheaper

    • natcreat

      “Why doesn’t anyone see this happening???”

      Because it’s not happening.

      You cite a comedy bit about FCPX by Conan as hard-hitting fact? Wow, take a bow for investigative journalism, Einstein! Unlike you, I edit video for a living and FCPX has ground-breaking features and functionality. It is an early version and features are still rolling out, but I’m learning it daily, as quickly as I can, so I can take full advantage of its capabilities to work smarter and faster.

      So “drone” on to the little man in your head, or make sure to learn what you’re talking about before you post.

      • Dusty Rancher

        Gee, I guess millions of other professional editors who have gripes are wrong as well. Excuse my sense of humor, maybe I should have posted links to the two NY Times articles with the hundreds of comments from other professional editors who are complaining loudly. Would that make it more legitimate? Yeah, where do you “edit video for a living?” Please explain how you’re going to show your clients your work on a separate LCD monitor. Can’t do that with the new FCP X. It’s not supported. Maybe you’re another Apple apologist in disguise. “Features are still rolling out” doesn’t cut it in a professional setting over multiple servers without FCP X software support. Don’t forget the lack of multi-camera editing support in television, and in the film world, you shoot more than one camera at once. When you get a real job editing, you’ll figure it out. Go back to school and learn something. FCP X is CLEARLY a large step backward. Apple is on a jagged self destructive course with a leader whose mortality is staring him in the face. Sometimes people in those situations destroy what they build, like a child knocking over blocks. Can you articulate an Apple software strategy? You can’t, because there is none. Business is simple, marketplace strategies should be easily identifiable, but not in Apple’s case. There is no “10 years from now vision”, except the iCloud, which after a hack like Sony’s will have everyone in jitters. Nothing is infallible. If you’re a bonfide editor, you’ll be like the rest of us professionals who will migrate back to Adobe.