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iCloud: What's in, what's out for MobileMe users

Gregg Keizer | June 27, 2011
Web calendar and contacts in, iDisk and password sync out, says Apple.

According to reports, Mac OS X 10.7, a.k.a. Lion, will also support a Find My Mac tool serviced by iCloud. Like the long-available Find My iPhone, the new tool will let users pinpoint the location of a lost or stolen Mac.

iCloud's 5GB of storage space seems pretty puny. Can I opt for more? Apple says you can, but it hasn't spelled out how much additional space will cost.

Remember that iCloud won't count music, apps and books you've purchased through iTunes, the App Store or iBooks against the 5GB. Nor will the 1,000 images in Photo Stream, iCloud's photo-sync service for iOS devices, Macs and Windows PCs.

I know Apple has extended my MobileMe subscription through June 2012, but I'm not happy about the changes. Can I get my money back? Yes. You can cancel your subscription at any time and receive a prorated refund, said Apple. If you paid the $99 annual fee six months ago, for instance, you'd have $49.50 coming.

But if you do cancel, all of your MobileMe services will stop working and your data will be deleted.

Our suggestion: Wait until this fall to cancel -- after you've migrated to iCloud -- so that you can retain your .me or .mac email address, and keep syncing your calendar and contacts.


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