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|
|Find My iPhone||Available|
|Back to My Mac||Available|
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.”