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Goodbye, MobileMe; Hello, iCloud

On June 6, 2011, Apple announced a new service called iCloud that will appear at some point later this year (Apple describe it as “fall,” and which will effectively replace MobileMe. Until then, MobileMe continues unchanged, except that Apple is no longer selling subscriptions or charging for renewals; all current members automatically have their accounts extended through the end of June 2012.

When iCloud becomes available, existing MobileMe members will be able to migrate to the new service, which will be free (albeit with optional paid features, such as iTunes Match and additional storage). If you sign up for iCloud, you’ll gain access to the new features, but you’ll also give up access to some things MobileMe currently offers. So far, Apple hasn’t released any details about the fate of iDisk (including file sharing and iWeb publishing); MobileMe Gallery; Back to My Mac; the Backup application; Web-based access to Mail, Contacts, and Calendars; or Mac-to-Mac syncing of things like preferences and keychains. But unless or until Apple tells us otherwise, the safest assumption is that all those things will go away, so if they’re crucial to you, it’s not too soon to start looking for replacements from other providers.

Since MobileMe as such won’t be around much longer, we won’t be releasing any new versions of Take Control of MobileMe. However, we will definitely have complete Take Control coverage of iCloud! Exactly what that will look like and when it will appear is still under discussion.

In the meantime, you can learn more about iCloud and what it might mean for MobileMe users in the following places:

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