All subscribers to Apple’s Mobile Me will need to transition to their new iCloud service. Apple has officially stated it will end all MobileMe support by June 30, 2012.
MobileMe is no longer accepting new subscribers. If you’re a current member, you can still access everything as usual through June 30, 2012.
There is a pretty extensive FAQ on their site, and it is IMPORTANT TO NOTE that pictures located in Gallery, websites developed in iWeb and files stored on iDisk need to be saved away from the MobileMe service and put into alternative services.
What happens to the iWeb sites that I’ve published to MobileMe?
You can continue publishing iWeb sites to MobileMe through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. With iWeb you can easily move a site published to MobileMe to another web hosting service and you should do so before that date. Please read this article for details.
What happens to the pictures that I’ve posted to my MobileMe Gallery?
You can continue using MobileMe Gallery through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. You should save copies of all photos published to your Gallery before that date. If you have a Mac, it is likely that most of your Gallery photos are already in iPhoto. If not, you can sync the Gallery photos to your iPhoto library. You can also download your photos and movies from the web. Please read this article for details.
What happens to the files on my MobileMe iDisk?
You can continue using MobileMe iDisk through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. You should save copies of all files stored on iDisk before that date. Please read this article for details.
Part of the overhaul is Apple has improved these services and moved them to a gigantic facility, to accommodate the growth of users who will rely on it, and use modern technology, possibly never requiring this kind of move again.
The current release of Apple’s operating system ( OS X) is called Lion, and the update to it called Mountain Lion will be released very soon. Both use the iCloud service, but the word on the street is that Mountain Lion will be using iCloud services even more than Lion.
Everything in technology is moving to a balance of files stored locally and files stored on line. This is true in both the Enterprise and in people’s personal computers. Apple’s variation is OS X and iCloud, Microsoft’s include Live.com / Live Essentials / Office 365 / Microsoft Azure platform, Oracle Cloud and many more. There may be benefit in staying with the provider that they are familiar with, but some may want to upgrade to the services tagged to their devices. Wired Gadget Lab’s Brian Chen released an article which gives a good comparison chart and review for these services.