When Apple released iOS 4.2 to developers there were a few signs that the new release may very well come complete with free MobileMe, now 4.2.1 has been forwarded on to devs even more evidence has emerged suggesting that Apple may be raising the stakes in the smart phone wars.
As Apple users will be aware we have all been awaiting the release of iOS 4.2 for some time; the actual release date looks odds on for this week based on Apple’s own November timeline – don’t be surprised if they make us wait until the very last minute though.
[singlepic id=50 w=320 h=240 float=right]Thankfully the release looks like it may include mobile me, this image from MacRumors shows information detailing users Apple ID and password to access MobileMe. This is interesting as currently users require a separate subscription to access MobileMe’s features, the image clearly has more than one reference to a free MobileMe Service.
The current cost for MobileMe is £59 ($99) when purchased directly from Apple, the service allows users to store data from their Apple devices and sync it with their laptop or Mac. It also stores bookmarks, photographs, contacts and to-do lists.
The report goes on to say that the free version included on iOS 4.2 may not include full functionality. It is likely to include syncing of devices but will not include the push enabled MobileMe Mail (one of the more powerful features). However the inclusion of back up services, find my iPhone, syncing of notes, contacts and notes will bring a lot more functionality for free if the rumours are true.
At the moment it is this type of service that many other phone manufacturers are using to try and gain the upper hand over Apple, if MobileMe suddenly becomes free it would bring Apple back in-line with competitors.
Do you think MobileMe Should be Free when iOS 4.2 is finally released?