Apple introduces MobileMe What's New?
Apple introduces MobileMe
10 June 2008
Reported by David Hall
Alongside the launch of the iPhone 3G, Apple have announced a new Internet service that delivers push content to applications running on an iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC: MobileMe.
The MobileMe service, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs explained as "Exchange for the rest of us," will provide push e-mail, push contacts, and push calendars via web-based (ad-free!) applications that will work in any modern browser, as well as native applications for a range of other devices.
The MobileMe applications are include Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Gallery - which allows you to share photos among devices, and iDisk - for all other file types.
All content delivered through MobileMe is "push" - which means as soon as new content is available, it is updated on the device (be it an iPhone, iPod, PC or Mac) so there's no need to continually press the "send and receive" button to get the latest data.
MobileMe has native applications on the iPhone 3G and iPod touch, and will fully support Microsoft Outlook on Windows PC's and OS X applications Mail, Address Book, and iCal.
Using the web-based interface users will be able to access all their contacts, calendar, mail, photos, and iDisk content in a familiar desktop-like environment that supports drag & drop and even keyboard shortcuts. 20GB of online storage will be provided for MobileMe content.
MobileMe will replace the current ".Mac" subscription service. All existing .Mac customers will be updated to MobileMe.
Apple say that MobileMe will be available "soon," and will require the latest iPhone 2.0 software and iTunes 7.7 or later. The subscription-based service will cost AUD$119 per year for individuals (20GB of storage) or AUD$179 for a family pack, which includes 20GB of storage for one master account and 5GB for up to four family members.
200GB of monthly data transfer will be available on the individual subscription, with 50GB available on each of the family accounts.
Additional storage can be purchased for AUD$60 (+20GB) and AUD$119 (+40GB)
More information can be found at
http://www.apple.com/au/mobileme - where you can also register your interest and be notified when more information on release dates comes to hand.