New, all-singing MobileMe here next month?

New, all-singing MobileMe here next month?

Apple clearly has grand plans for its MobileMe service – far wider than just being able to track or block your phone when it gets lost, which is what a lot of people currently identify it with.

From recent reports we certainly know that Apple is working on a new version of the cloud-based service, and Apple blog iLounge now suggests it could be with us as soon as next month.

MobileMe is being tipped as a key part of Apple's plans to move device-based storage into the cloud, giving you a place to store all your content and enjoy a wide-range of location-based add-on services.

Indeed, one rumour that's come to light recently is that a cut-price iPhone 5 version could come with no local storage at all, exclusively storing content in the cloud.

With that in mind, most of us assumed the revamped MobileMe would probably be aired around the same time as the next Apple smartphone announcement, expected in June. But iLounge is quoting a source within the US education system as claiming it'll launch next month, in line with another rumour we heard recently.

The source, who works for a major educational institution, claims attempts to renew the school's MobileMe subscription have led to suggestions that students sign up for a 60-day trial version instead, as a new free version of MobileMe is on the way and Apple isn't accepting subscription renewals.

The source claims the existing version of the service will continue to be supported for another year to cover those who signed up for the paid version before Apple closed the door.

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martinwallis  Mar. 21, 2011 at 21:00

"as a new free version of MobileMe is on the way and Apple isn't accepting subscription renewals."

This is not true, my MobileMe renewed last week!


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