iCloud: What's in, what's out for MobileMe users
Web calendar and contacts in, iDisk and password sync out, says Apple
Computerworld - Apple won't officially debut iCloud for months -- September is the bet by most -- but last week the company revealed more information about what the online sync and storage service will and won't include.
The news was especially welcome to customers already paying $99 a year for MobileMe, the 2008 service Apple launched to early teething troubles and poor press. MobileMe never attracted a wide audience, in part because so much of what it did could be cobbled together from free services and tools.
Earlier this month, Apple announced that it would pull MobileMe's plug in 2012, months after it is to be replaced by iCloud. But until last week, Apple had left MobileMe users in the dark about what parts would shift to iCloud and what would be ditched.
Apple's MobileMe-to-iCloud transition FAQ gave us some answers, and we pitched in with some others.
Will I still be able to access my mail, calendar and contacts on the Web? Yes. Once iCloud launches this fall, users can access email, calendar and contacts, three of the apps now available on MobileMe.
Apple said it would provide more details on how to migrate MobileMe's mail, calendar and contacts to iCloud when the latter goes live later this year.
What happens to iDisk and the files I've stored there? iDisk won't make the move to iCloud. But it's not going away until June 30, 2012, when Apple retires all of MobileMe. That gives subscribers just over a year to continue uploading and downloading files to and from the 20GB iDisk space.
Can I use iCloud's online storage like I did iDisk? Because Apple hasn't been crystal clear, we're not sure, but we think the answer is no.
Unlike MobileMe's iDisk, iCloud's 5GB of free storage space apparently won't be accessible through, say, the Mac's Finder, but instead will contain documents saved, at least initially, only through Apple's iWork suite of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
Other uses of the space, Apple has said, will be for the email mailboxes and backups of iOS devices, including photos, settings, app data and other information.
Apple has said nothing about files generated on a Windows PC or on a Mac outside of iWork.
So with iDisk gone, what do I do? Apple hasn't said, but it seems the company has ceded that market to the likes of Dropbox and Microsoft's Windows Live SkyDrive.
For online backup purposes, you may want to look into services like Carbonite or Mozy. The former charges $55 per year for unlimited storage, while the latter provides 2GB free, with 50GB of space costing $6 per month.
- Mac Pro shortage sets record as worst Mac production debacle
- Apple slates WWDC for June 2-6, sets up ticket lottery
- Apple patches Safari's Pwn2Own vulnerability, two-dozen other critical bugs
- Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart
- Apple discounts iPhone 5C 8%-9% in five markets via storage cuts
- Apple hands stock worth $12.1M to top execs in retention deal
- Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever
- Apple CFO to retire in September after he cashes in $53M stock award
- Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car
- Apple retires Snow Leopard from support, leaves 1 in 5 Macs vulnerable to attacks
- Why Projects Fail CIOs are expected to deliver more projects that transform business, and do so on time, on budget and with limited resources.
- The New Business Case for Video Conferencing: 7 Real-World Benefits Beyond Cost-Savings This whitepaper provides insight into the value of video conferencing in today's business environment, and how organizations are using visual collaboration to find...
- Gartner Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools The client management tool market is maturing and evolving to adapt to consumerization, desktop virtualization, and an ongoing need to improve efficiency.
- Audit Ready and Asset Optimized: The Solid Promise of an Intelligent Software Asset Management Solution In this paper Frost & Sullivan examines the benefits of enterprise-grade Software Asset Management solutions, and how these solutions serve as the convergence...
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users?
- On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy... All Macintosh White Papers | Webcasts