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With MobileMe gone and iCloud use up, how can you learn about all the resources and tools that iCloud offers?

Finding Help

If you ever wanted to learn more about using iCloud, from a browser, you can go to this link and read iCloud Help information from Apple.

Print the Book

More importantly, you can click on the Printer icon and create a PDF for review later of all of the information.

When you click on the Printer icon, you can select an option to print the entire “book.”

After you select Print Book, (on a Mac) you can then print as a PDF by selecting Save as PDF…. You can then save the book for easy offline reference or even put it into your Dropbox folder so you can access it anywhere.

Even More Support and Resource Information

If you need more support information, you can go to this more complete support site to read even more information about iCloud, finding your devices or friends, iTunes and more.

Conclusion

There are many services and tools that iCloud can provide for you. Explore all the possibilities by using these help and support sites.

MobileMe Closed – How to Transition to iCloud

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If you have been using MobileMe services for your iPad, they probably no longer work or may be stopping very soon. You can move many of those services to iCloud. The information below is reproduced in its entirety from Apple’s site.

iCloud, Apple’s set of cloud services, stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. It integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. And iCloud is free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. More information is available at www.apple.com/icloud.

MobileMe service ended on June 30, 2012. For a limited time, you can still move your MobileMe account to iCloud and download your Gallery photos and iDisk files at me.com

MobileMe Services

What happened to MobileMe?

The core services provided by MobileMe have been completely rewritten and are now part of iCloud. As of June 30, 2012, MobileMe is no longer available.

How do I keep my MobileMe email address?

To keep your existing me.com or mac.com email address and any email aliases you have created, move to iCloud. See “Moving to iCloud” below.

How do I keep my contacts, calendar, and bookmarks?

You can use iCloud to keep your contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and more up to date across all your devices. See “Moving to iCloud” below.

What happened to iWeb sites published to MobileMe?

Websites published to MobileMe are no longer available. However, with iWeb you can easily republish your site to another web hosting service. Please read this article for details.

What happened to MobileMe Gallery?

Galleries published to MobileMe are no longer available. However, for a limited time, you can still save copies of all photos and movies published to your gallery. If you have a Mac, it is likely that most of your gallery photos are already in iPhoto. If not, you can sync your gallery photos to your iPhoto library. You can also download your photos and movies directly from the web. Please read this article for details.

What happened to MobileMe iDisk?

MobileMe iDisk is no longer available. However, for a limited time, you can still download copies of all files stored on iDisk from me.com. Please read this article for details.

What happened to MobileMe Find My iPhone?

Find My iPhone is now part of iCloud. However, for a limited time, you can still access Find My iPhone with your MobileMe account at me.com or through the Find My iPhone app. To continue using Find My iPhone in the future, move to iCloud.

Moving to iCloud

MobileMe service ended on June 30, 2012. For a limited time, you can still move your MobileMe account to iCloud and download your Gallery photos and iDisk files at me.com

Which MobileMe services are available in iCloud?

The following MobileMe services are available in iCloud:

MobileMe Service Available in iCloud
Mail Available
Contacts Available
Calendar Available
Bookmarks Available
Find My iPhone Available
Back to My Mac Available
iWeb publishing Unavailable
Gallery Unavailable
iDisk unavailable

In addition, iCloud includes the following services:*

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books
  • Backup and restore
  • Find My Friends

For more information, visit www.apple.com/icloud.

How do I move to iCloud?

To move to iCloud, make sure your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC are running the required software and you have a backup of your contacts, calendars, and bookmarks. Then visit me.com/move to move your account. After moving, your mail will start working again, and your contacts, calendars, and bookmarks will update with iCloud automatically.

What are the system requirements for iCloud?

iCloud requires iOS 5 or later on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; OS X Lion v10.7.2 or later on a Mac; and Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista (Service Pack 2 or later) on a PC. Please read this article for details.

What if some of my devices can’t be updated to the iCloud system requirements?

If you can’t update all your devices, you can still move to iCloud, but iCloud services will work only on the devices that meet the system requirements. You can also choose to keep using just your email, even on devices that don’t meet the requirements. See the next question for more information.

What if I just want to keep using my email on all my devices?

To keep your email working on all your devices — including ones that don’t meet the iCloud system requirements — go to me.com/move and select the option to keep using your email. Once you have completed this short process, your mail will start working again on all your devices. You don’t need to change any settings, and you will retain all your old email messages.

I had more than 5GB of storage for MobileMe. Can I still move to iCloud?

Yes. The free 5GB of storage provided by iCloud is used only for Mail, Documents & Data, and Backup. Purchased music, apps, books, TV shows, and movies do not count against this 5GB of storage, nor do the photos in Photo Stream. As a result, most users will not need more than the free 5GB of storage.

MobileMe members with 20GB of storage receive a complimentary iCloud storage upgrade of 20GB, and accounts with additional purchased storage (40GB to 60GB) receive a complimentary upgrade of 50GB after moving to iCloud. These free upgrades are good through September 30, 2012. After that date, you can continue the upgrade at the regular price or let it expire and use the free 5GB plan.

If I use different Apple IDs for iTunes and MobileMe, can I merge them into a single account and use it with iCloud?

No, you cannot merge two accounts into one. However, If you have purchased items from the iTunes Store or App Store with a different Apple ID from the one you used for MobileMe, you can continue to use that Apple ID for store purchases and use your iCloud Apple ID (yourname@me.com) with your mail, contacts, calendars, and other services. Please read this article for details.

Can I access iCloud on the web?

Yes. Web access to iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iWork Documents, and Find My iPhone is available at iCloud.com.

Can Family Pack members move their MobileMe accounts separately to iCloud?

Yes. The master account holder and family members can move their individual accounts to iCloud separately. After moving to iCloud, family member accounts are no longer linked to the master account.

*Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore. Some features are subject to additional fees.

MobileMe Moving Time

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If you did not know, it’s time for you to close your MobileMe page and get your iCloud up and running. MobileMe is closing it’s doors on June 30, 2012.

MobileMe iCloud

There are several places to read about the transition. Apple has a site for Frequently Asked Questions about the transition.

If you use iWeb to create your website, you can still use it with a hosting site that supports FTP. This Apple video show you how to upload your site via FTP. You will need to get the information and credentials from your new host to put into iWeb.

So long MobileMe, hello iCloud.

iCloud Transition from MobileMe FAQ

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MobileMe iCloud

If you want to use the cloud with your iPad apps, your choices are somewhat limited. If your app allows it, you can use Dropbox and similar apps. Since Apple has announced the discontinuation of MobileMe, questions have come up as to what will take its place.

Apple posted another article to help explain the transition from MobileMe to iCloud. Interestingly, Apple states “iCloud will be free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users.”

Apple explains “The core services provided by MobileMe have been rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud. MobileMe will no longer be available as a paid sync service. If you had an active MobileMe account as of June 6, 2011, your service has been extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, the MobileMe service will no longer be available.”

A list of MobileMe services that will be available or discontinued is also listed.

MobileMe Service Available in iCloud
Mail Available
Contacts Available
Calendar Available
Bookmarks Available
Find My iPhone Available
Back to My Mac Available
iWeb publishing Unavailable
Gallery Unavailable
iDisk unavailable

New services that will be available in iCloud include:

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books
  • Backup and restore

“If you have an active MobileMe account when you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your me.com or mac.com email address and move your MobileMe mail, contacts, and calendars, as well as your bookmarks, to the new service. When iCloud becomes available this fall, Apple will provide details and instructions on how to make the move.”

As the transition to Lion and iOS5 nears, Apple is sure to provide more details.

iCloud and MobileMe FAQs

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For those who use MobileMe for various services, including storing documents, pictures and find my iPhone service, an announcement at WWDC 2011, raised some questions. It was announced the iCloud is coming and MobileMe is going.

First, what do you do if you have a MobileMe account? If you have an active account, your service is automatically extended through June 30, 2012 at no additional charge. This fall, when iCloud rolls out, if you sign up, you will be able to keep your me.com or mac.com email addresses and move your MobileMe mail, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks to the new service. More details on how to make the move will be announced in the fall.

Second, if you are not interested in continuing with MobileMe, can you get a refund? If you are eligible, yes…read the details here and you will need to provide certain proof to Apple.

Third, what is iCloud and how do I get it?

The service is supposed to start in the Fall. According to Apple, iCloud stores your digital files and information (music, photos, apps, calendars, documents and more). Through the service, your devices can share information. You are supposed to have instant access to your music, apps, photos and more from any of your devices and computers. No syncing or management is required.

When you sign up, you automatically get 5GB of free storage. The way iCloud is supposed to store information, your purchased music, apps, books and photo stream do not count against the free storage. However, your mail, documents, camera roll, account information, settings and app data do. But, according to Apple, because that information does not take up as much room, your 5GB will go further.

Last, what Apps will use iCloud?

When you update to iOS5 (not currently available), certain Apple Apps and the content become seamlessly integrated with iCloud. That means each device will have access to the most recent data, files and information that you create on any other device. In terms of everyday use, you will be able to view and edit the same up to date document on which ever device you are using. With Photo Stream, you can take a picture on your iPhone, then, it will be available for you on your iPad or computer.  Your content will be stored and backed up wherever you are.

In the end, it seems an ambitious project and I hope that it will work as seamlessly as described. Read more about what iCloud is and what the features are.

 

Find my iPad via Mobile Me

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Some of us who have an iPhone and mobile me know about the Find My iPhone feature.  Basically, you can log into the web via your mobile me account and locate your iPhone.  You can also wipe the information on it, send a message and have it make a noise in case you cant find it in your house (even with vibrate on).

Now, you can use this feature on your iPad (even the wifi edition if it is connected to the internet).  Here’s how to set it up.

First, if you have not set up your mobile me mail account on your iPad, tap settings.  Then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.  Under add account, tap on mobile me.  Enter your information (Name, mobile me address, password and description (eg. mobile me acct.)

iPad Settings to enable find my iPad

Next, tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars (left side of settings pane) and tap on the mobile me account.  You will be presented with a screen to turn on certain features, including “Find My iPad.”  Turn that feature on.

To test it out, log into your mobile me account via the web and click on Find My iPhone.

You can also remotely wipe your iPad if it gets lost and connects to the internet.

Apple has a page to explain setting up some other features for MobileMe on the iPad here.

Don’t worry.  If you have an iPhone, you can locate both.

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