Apple to add Free MobileMe To iOS 4.2 on Release

Posted on Nov 21 2010 - 4:47pm by Richard Sharp

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?

Via: Macrumors

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jim Pickles November 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    My hopes are up.

  2. Dinjin2 November 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I certainly hope so. This is why competition is good. It forces competitors to sometimes make a great service free when it should have been in the first place. I, for one, am very excited


  3. Elvis November 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Yes! Basic Mobile Me should be free for low or no storage capacity storage, i.e. notes, bookmarks, find my iphone, rented content, etc. If you want email, content storage, remote backup, or remote Time Machine for Macs, I would have no problem with a reasonable monthly/annual fee. All seems reasonable given Apple's tendency to want to lure customers through the guise of simplification and ease of use.

  4. Spence November 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    No, that would just be anything thing for apple to test, further delaying the release date.

  5. Owen November 21, 2010 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Yes! That would be awesome

    I've always wanted to have these features but I didn't like the fact of buying this service 😀 so excited if this rumor is true !!

    Free MobileMe yippee

  6. Fresh November 22, 2010 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I already sign into MobileMe using my apple id and password. I thought that was normal.

    If that is the basis for the article, it is a bit 'thin' on evidence.

    However, I hope MM is made free for users, because it is a superb service (with the syncing and saving of documents etc). I use a desktop, a laptop, an iphone and an ipad and the ability to keep them all in sync WITHOUT having to do anything is a real time and aggravation saver.

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