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The End of MobileMe Means Big Changes in Syncing Capabilities

Apple has announced the end of its MobileMe service, effective 30 June 2012, and has also announced that many of its functions will find equivalents in the new iCloud service from Apple, due to debut sometime in the last quarter of 2011. As it turns out, however, a number of syncing features provided by MobileMe are not going to be replaced by equivalent features in iCloud. Apple provides some details what iCloud will include and what it won’t in its Mobile Me transition page (you can also read more about the transition in the TidBITS article, “Apple Details Transition from MobileMe to iCloud,” 24 June 2011).

Specifically, Apple is shifting the center of the syncing process from your Mac to iCloud; as Steve Jobs said in his World Wide Developer Conference keynote this month, “The truth is in the cloud.” Making the transition to iCloud will be contact, calendar, and bookmark syncing. However, the syncing of Dashboard widgets, keychains, Dock items, and System Preferences will cease to work either when you sign up for iCloud or when MobileMe is turned off on 30 June 2012, whichever comes first.

This also may mean the end of the line for the “Take Control of Syncing Data” books; until we have a clearer picture of how syncing works in the iCloud paradigm, we can’t begin to plan a new edition, nor even to know if such a book would make sense.

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