I never used MobileMe and am struggling with getting iCloud to work properly for me, but I'm wondering...

Now with the iCloud launched what's the difference between iCloud & MobileMe. They both still exist in the System Preferences after 10.7.2 update.


The reason they both still exist is because they are still separate services being offered by Apple. Users of MobileMe prior to the announcement of iCloud paid a yearly subscription fee for the service. Rather than refund those customers, Apple will continue to offer the MobileMe services only to those subscribers who have an active subscription.

MobileMe stopped accepting new customers around June 2011. If I am not mistaken, it will be until June 2012 that those users will end their subscriptions. At that moment, all MobileMe services will stop functioning and I expect Apple to update OS X so that the MobileMe System Preferences panel will be removed.

This article by Apple contains more information on the transition from MobileMe to iCloud, as well as a comparison table that shows which MobileMe services will continue to exist in iCloud. The short version is that with the exception of iWeb publishing, MobileMe Photo Gallery and iDisk, the rest of the MobileMe features will be found in some way or another in iCloud. Hope this helps.

  • Actually, Apple did provide refunds (on request) if your subscription had a significant time left. It also extended all active subscriptions until 2012, no matter how long they had left. Basically, they gave out refunds for after June 2011 and gave everyone whose account was active at that time a free year.
    – ughoavgfhw
    Oct 14 '11 at 23:54
  • So do I understand correctly that MobileMe as a paid service still works for those who paid for it prior to closing new subscriptions in June?
    – Michal M
    Oct 15 '11 at 12:05
  • @Michal M, that would be correct. MobileMe remains active for those users until sometime around June 2012. Oct 17 '11 at 2:24

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