Last year, with the announcement of the iPhone 4[s] and Mac OS X Lion, Apple also announced iCloud, which basically lets you back up any documents, reminders, notes, photos, bookmarks, calendars, contacts, and most impressively, allows you to back up your entire device in the cloud for you to retrieve later. Pretty much anything you need to do regarding living in “the cloud“.
iCloud is Apple’s next big thing, and to make sure that it will continue to be so, the company needed to remove the long lasting MobileMe – basically because it wasn’t getting much attention and because due to iCloud, it had become redundant. On top of that, it was also a paid monthly service, which is now null and voice due to iCloud. MobileMe has run it’s course though, existing from January 5, 2000 up until now. So, naturally, there were change to be made.
MobileMe has pretty much the same exact functionality as iCloud, but iCloud simply handles it better.
Today, MobileMe was shutdown with a note saying “You can still move your MobileMe account to iCloud by going to me.com/move from a Mac or PC” and with another message stating “MobileMe is CLOSED.“
Current MobileMe subscribers have been offered a deal to switch right over to a 20GB iCloud account, and that offer will remain available until September 30, 2012.
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.
iCloud is a completely free service to users and offers up to 5GB of free storage when you sign up. At any point you can upgrade from the free offer and go for a tiered pricing plan, and get extra storage space, of which the lowest offer is 10GB priced at £14.00/$20.00 a year, then 20GB priced at £28.00/$40.00 a year, and finally finishing with the maximum offer which is 50GB priced at £70.00/$100.00 a year.
There is no option to stay on MobileMe, as you now have to move to iCloud or your account will be closed automatically. It’s been a good run, but sometimes, the newer and better just has to stretch it’s legs and knock some of the older guys out of contention.