Apple closes MobileMe, reminds users end is nigh


A report says Apple shut down its MobileMe service Sunday, and on Monday, the company reminded users that the end of their service is next.

The two moves are part of an effort to steer users toward using iCloud, a cloud-computing service Apple launched last year at its Worldwide Developers Conference similar to the two services Apple is ending.

MobileMe launched in early January 2000 under the name iTools, and since then, it underwent several brand-name changes until finally being named MobileMe in 2008 in a relaunch alongside the iPhone 3G, the second version of Apple’s mobile operating system and the iPhone App Store.


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The service was poorly received due to its $99 price tag and many problems users experienced after the 2008 rebranding.

Following the announcement of iCloud, Apple gave MobileMe about one more year of service before finally shutting down, according to 9 to 5 Mac.

However, users who have yet to move over their data can still visit the site, which now has a huge “Closed” sign in front of a dark black background, and transfer information over to iCloud. It also appears that people who used MobileMe for Apple’s Find My iPhone feature will still be able to use it through the now-defunct service.

As for, those users have less than a month to move their information over. Apple on Monday sent out an email to users reminding them that they won’t be able to access after July 31.

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The company has instructions online for how users can move things out of and onto their computers before they end the service.

Apple announced the service would end in early March, according to AppleInsider., which was in beta, launched in 2009 as a way for users to work on their iWork projects more easily with other users.


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