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Apple released new information today regarding the pending transition from MobileMe to iCloud. Finally, we know which services will be continued and which will be terminated with extreme prejudice. According to Apple, "The core services provided by MobileMe have been rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud." The key word there is "core", which is not the same as "all".
We already knew that MobileMe was going away Edit: June 30, 2012 and that iCloud was coming to replace it "this fall". But, are all the MobileMe services going to be continued?
And what happens between July 1, when MobileMe is no longer available, and sometime "this fall", when iCloud launches?
For the first question, the following MobileMe services will be continued in iCloud:
In addition, the following new services will also be available in iCloud:
Dead Man Walking! The following MobileMe services will cease to exist after Edit: June 30, 2012 and will not be continued in iCloud:
If you are using these services on MobileMe, you won't be after Edit: June 30, 2012. Apple offers this advice on how to move your website from iWeb; Apple offers this advice on how to move your files from iDisk; and Apple offers this advice on how to move your photos and movies from Gallery.
So what happens between July 1 when MobileMe is turned off and sometime "this fall" when iCloud is turned on? Not sure. Apple is not very clear on this, and posting information like "After you move to iCloud or after June 30, 2012, whichever comes first, those sync services will no longer be available." doesn't really help. Whichever comes first? Seriously? July 1 comes before "this fall", right? Yeah, we're still feeling a bit cloudy on this transition.
Edit: The end date for MobileMe is June 30, 2012, which makes perfect sense, and is not cloudy at all.