Mobile Me closed a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t moved to iCloud yet, now is the time to do so. At present, you still have until the end of the month to get your photos and iDisk files off. Be sure to understand the potential for losing your contacts and take appropriate action as detailed below from Apple’s Knowledge Base. Read past the jump to see the highlights of the KB article.
Highlights of the KB article that are of high importance are:
- When you move from MobileMe to iCloud, your active email addresses (@me.com, @mac.com, and all your aliases) move with you, along with all of your messages, mailboxes, and rules.
- After moving to iCloud, the mail application you use to read your email must support accessing email via IMAP over SSL (such as OS X Mail or Outlook 2007 and 2010).
- After moving to iCloud, the following webmail features will no longer work:
- Checking external POP email accounts.
- Using a Send From address to send from a non @me.com or @mac.com email address.
- When you move from MobileMe to iCloud your Calendar data is moved for you. Your devices are automatically configured with your iCloud account information so that you can view your calendars on your devices without any additional configuration. This only works if you are using the new MobileMe Calendar before moving to iCloud.
- If you were not using the new MobileMe Calendar prior to moving to iCloud, MobileMe will alert you during the move to iCloud to turn off calendar syncing on all iOS devices and choose to keep the calendar data on your device. Not doing so may result in the loss of your calendar data on your iOS device after moving to iCloud. To turn off Calendar on your iOS device: Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > MobileMe. Turn off Calendars and choose the option to keep data on your device.
- If you have any shared calendars (either as sharer or participant), they will be affected as follows when you move to iCloud:
- Privately shared calendars (such as a family calendar):
- Sharing settings and calendar data will be preserved when moving, but the people you are sharing with must also move to iCloud in order to see your shared calendar(s).
- If someone is sharing a calendar with you and you move to iCloud, you will no longer be able to see that calendar until the person who is sharing the calendar with you also moves to iCloud.
- Publicly shared calendars (such as a soccer team schedule):
- If you are sharing a calendar publicly, it will be unpublished as part of your move to iCloud. You will need to share your calendar again after moving to iCloud.
Contacts and Bookmarks
Important: Your Contacts and Bookmarks data must be on one or more of your supported devices prior to moving to iCloud. You will lose access to any data that is only stored on me.com after moving to iCloud. The only way to move your MobileMe Bookmarks and Contacts to iCloud is to have them up-to-date and available on one or more of your supported devices at the time you initiate a move to iCloud.
Additional Changes: Find My iPhone now requires iOS 5 and Back to My Mac requires Lion or better.