The time has finally come for you come to make the switch from MobileMe to iCloud. MobileMe, Apple’s old syncing service, has officially been shut down to the disappointment of certain MobileMe stragglers who were reluctant to make a jump to the new iCloud. In fact, iCloud is very much new, being launched last year along side iOS 5. For all those who used MobileMe, Apple has some good news for you! Now you can make the switch from MobileMe to iCloud by moving your data to iCloud right from the MobileMe homepage. However, for all those users who have not updated to iCloud, they will be happy to still retrieve their Gallery files for a limited time.
The shutting down of MobileMe certainly makes it significant to revisit the fascinating history of Apple’s first Cloud services – MobileMe.
It all started on January 5, 2000, the date it was launched as iTools as a free collection of Internet-based tools for Mac users. In 2008, Apple finally renamed it and did a system revamp, calling it MobileMe. Launched alongside the 2.0 version of iPhone OS, the iPhone 3G and the iPhone App Store, MobileMe attempted to perform as the company’s branded services, but not smoothly enough. The flow in the functioning of MobileMe was obstructed by access problems and frequent downtime, so much so that even Steve Jobs seems to have recognized that fact of its inefficiency.
With the offering of its certain features, MobileMe began experimenting with a free cloud service in 2010. Most users running iOS 4.2 could now afford using Find My Phone, an previous offering which was only exclusively available for the exclusive few available through the $99-a-year service. Now in 2011, MobileMe stays dead and buried, as Apple punches a final nail to its coffin! Adios.
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