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iLounge Claims MobileMe Revamp in April ➝

Charles Starrett:

Apple is set to announce a new, free version of MobileMe next month, according to a trusted iLounge source. The source, who works for a major educational institution, claims the school’s supplier has said the current version of MobileMe is no longer available, and that Apple is suggesting new students sign up for the 60-day trial to cover the gap between the final MobileMe shipment and the launch of the new version.

MobileMe Revamp May be Announced Tomorrow ➝

Leander Khaney writing for Cult of Mac:

The Apple staffer, who asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, said the new MobileMe service will store music, TV shows, and films that were purchased from the iTunes store. The staffer also said that there was talk inside Apple of being able to upload all your music and videos to the cloud whether it was purchased from iTunes or not. However, they couldn’t confirm whether this will be rolled out or not.

The source also said that the iPad 2 isn’t going to be a big update and that the iPad 3 is the “one to make a song and a dance about.”

MobileMe Calendar Leaves Beta ➝

From Apple’s MobileMe News weblog:

The new MobileMe Calendar is now out of beta and available to all members. We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the beta for helping to make this the best MobileMe Calendar yet.

Find My iPhone App Now Available ➝

Apple has released their Find My iPhone application for the iPhone and iPad. The application is free and let’s MobileMe members find their devices from another iPhone or iPad.

The application is well designed and does what it needs to, however I really wish Apple didn’t remove access to Find My iPhone through Mobile Safari. Before this application was released you could access Find My iPhone through the iPhone or iPad’s browser, this is no longer the case and now if you want to use the service on an iOS device you’ll have to install the application.

I know I may be in the minority here, but I prefer to keep as few applications on the device as I can. Removing the ability to access Find My iPhone through the browser is a bit of a let down. But, at least with iOS4 I can just throw it in a folder and forget about it until I need it.

Free MobileMe Services Imminent? ➝

9 to 5 Mac notes that many MobileMe users have noticed a change in their account status. Users report that their accounts have changed from “Individual” to “Full Member.” After some digging around the MacRumors forums, Mark Gurman found evidence of these changes as early as May 18.

There have been rumblings that these changes have been made to both individual and family pack members. Although, I haven’t seen any changes to mine, it’s likely Apple is just slowly rolling it out.

It would make a lot of sense for Apple to offer free MobileMe services. Free could have mail, calendar, and contacts with full membership adding find my iPhone, iDisk, and Gallery.

I suppose we’ll have to wait and see but I would love to get some of my iPhone-using family members on board with MobileMe, even if it was just for syncing.

Apple Releases MobileMe Gallery App ➝

Apple has released their MobileMe Gallery application to the App Store. The app allows you to view MobileMe gallery photos and videos on your iPhone or iPod touch.

From the application description:

  • View your entire gallery including password protected and hidden albums
  • Flick through photos and pinch to zoom in for more detail
  • Rotate iPhone to see photos in landscape
  • View your friends’ gallery photos and movies
  • Access previously viewed photos when offline
  • Easily share a link to an album from iPhone

I haven’t tried the application, as I don’t actually use MobileMe galleries. But, the application looks beautifully designed and, from what I’ve read online, it works really well.

iDisk for iPhone Hopefully Coming Soon ➝

iDisk for iPhone IconiDisk users have been waiting since WWDC for Apple’s official iDisk application to be released. Recently there was a pretty big sign that it might be coming soon.

A few days ago a support article was posted to (and then quickly pulled from) Apple’s website about removing the application from your device.

There isn’t really any information about the app in the article, other than mentioning what will be removed when the application is deleted from your device (all locally cached files), but it does show that Apple hasn’t forgotten about it.

I actually don’t remember hearing about this application during the WWDC madness, it must have been buried by all the other news. For those of you who also don’t remember it Apple’s iPhone More Features page has this to say about it:

The free iDisk app lets you view files on your iDisk right on your iPhone. Microsoft Office or iWork ’09 documents, PDFs, video files, and more are viewable in landscape or portrait. Even access Public folders of other MobileMe members with a few taps.

And, if you would like to read the whole support article the Unofficial Apple Weblog has a screenshot of it on their website.

Update 7/30/09: Apple’s MobileMe iDisk application has been released to the App Store.