So when Apple introduced iCloud at this past month’s WWDC, there were still a lot of questions that needed to be answered. A lot of people were asking the question “What will happen to MobileMe if I am a subscriber?” Well, Apple just put out a FAQ on the transition from MobileMe to iCloud. And in it are some very telling details. Let’s take a look.
This first bit of info pretty much clarifies what we already knew about MobileMe and iCloud. The main features of MobileMe, mail, contacts, calendar, bookmarks are all going to be on iCloud. But what is going to get taken off are iWeb and iDisk. These are two features that I believe Apple felt that people were not using enough to justify moving over to iCloud. Not only that but with documents in iCloud, this pretty much takes care of iDisk. And I believe with iWeb publishing, this was going to take up too much space on iCloud and if Apple was going to offer 5GB free, this would take up a lot of that space.
One of the questions people were asking was with iCloud would we be able to access it on the web. And by the looks of the statement above, it seems that yes, you will be able to. This is going to make iCloud even that much better. Not only will I be able to access all of the above on my Mac and iOS device, but now on the web also. This truly makes iCloud a cloud service. My one caveat to this, is I wish they would incorporate iWorks.com into this as well and be able to have access to my iWork documents and edit them in the cloud.
Other than that the rest of the document answers questions about the transition from MobileMe to iCloud. It seems that for most services of MobileMe, you will have till June 2012 to make the transition and they are giving you MobileMe free till then. This is a great plan by Apple as it gives people more than ample time to move over to iCloud without having the hassle of paying for MobileMe. With this date, there shouldn’t be any excuse why people wouldn’t be able to migrate their stuff over in time.
So there you have it. iCloud looks to be taking shape and looks to be getting more and more enticing. I truly believe that if Apple can continue to make strides forward with iCloud, it is going to be amazing. The sad part is that it will eventually kill off some great apps that are out there that have been doing aspects of iCloud for a long time now.