There was plenty of news this week about Steve Jobs and at least one of those makes the grade in case you missed it, but just like Apple isn't one man, our coverage of all things Apple takes other things into account as well. So here's some of our most popular stories from the week, just in case ya missed it.
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".
For most of us, Apple’s Calendar app does a perfectly fine job of keeping our important dates in order. But those of you looking for a little extra oomph from your digital day planner might want to take a look at Calevents. Unlike the 17,000 other calendar apps overflowing the App Store, Calevents works as a sort of standalone plugin for Calendar, adding functionality without upsetting Apple’s traditional user experience.
Sure, your iOS device comes with a calendar built in and on the iPad it's phenomenally gorgeous, but Apple's helpful app is a little less than helpful. For instance, syncing. If we had something entered on the desktop iCal, it would be great if it would sync to our iPhones or iPads without us having to dig out our cords, plug them into our devices and our computers, fire up iTunes, click on Sync, and sit around twiddling our thumbs -- or if we didn't have to shell out a hundred bucks a year for a MobileMe subscription. Wireless syncing would be an awesome way to resolve some of this, but maximum flexibility and syncability is what we're after. Enter Google Calendars and the apps that supersize it.
By itself, Google Calendars accessed by browser on your iOS device is even weaker than Apple's options. Stripped down to its essence, the interface is not attractive and is pretty limited in what you can do. Sure, you can move from mobile view to desktop view and gain more functionality -- but this works best on an iPad. We want the world and we want it now.
It’s a love/hate relationship with you, MobileMe. When you work, you’re so wonderfully effortless we forget you’re there. Maybe that’s the problem -- because when you don’t, the pain you can wreak on our calendars and contacts is pretty unforgettable. So if you have a computer or iOS device that’s giving you the MobileMe blues, we can help.
Although Apple’s transition from .mac to the MobileMe service got off to a rocky start, it has continued to steadily improve over time. Now, Apple has flipped the switch on something to make the web-based Calendar even more useful.
Hot on the heels of the suggestions we pitched to Apple for how they could make MobileMe awesome, the folks from Cupertino sent out word to users of the subscription-based cloud service that they've updated their calendar application. Not only has Apple provided the online version of their popular iCal application with a fresh face that closely mimics that seen in the iPad iteration of the software, they've also baked in the ability for the application's users to share their calendars with others and send out event invitations with one-click RSVPs. Sound good? If your a current MobileMe subscriber and want to start using these great new features, let Mac|Life show you the way.
This week's tips are a mixed selection of topics that will help just about any iOS user. We'll show you how heavy MMS messengers can save a bit of cash and how befuddled travelers should deal with multiple time zones. Also, we'll teach you tricks about automating your dialing to cut back on finger wear and tear, and show you a way to label your iPhone with your personal information so that your hopes of recovering it are way easier.
If you prefer Google Calendar to Apple’s iCal (and their MobileMe cloud syncing solution), developer Readdle has you covered with an updated version of their slick Calendars app, bringing Google Tasks and universal compatibility to the table.