Apple recently announced that MobileMe will be replaced in the fall by iCloud, to mixed reviews. Many users applaud the move, especially since iCloud services will be available in a limited capacity free of charge and MobileMe users are currently pumping at least $99 a year into the service.
The bad news is that some of the services currently enjoyed by MobileMe users will not be making the transition with them, most notably iDisk, MobileMe Gallery and some sync services such as keychain support.
Before you pass out let me reassure you. There are third party iPhone apps that can provide the same types of services you paid for in MobileMe. So read up, pick your favorite and prepare for the demise of MobileMe.
How to Survive Without iDisk
Current MobileMe subscribers will have access to their iDisk accounts through June 30, 2012, even if they switch services to iCloud before the cut off. Apple has put together a MobileMe transition page that suggests users save their current iDisk files to their computer before the cut off.
Once your files are safely off the chopping block there are a few different ways to approach future document synchronization. You could use some of your 5 GB of free iCloud space to put your documents in the cloud or you could find a third party source to sooth your woes of MobileMe past. Here are a few of my favorites.
Dropbox is an app that already has a load of loyal followers. Install Dropbox on your PC or Mac (or both) and on your iOS devices for a seamless user experience. Dropbox basic is free and comes with 2 GB of data where you can share pictures, documents and videos between all your devices. There are two upgrades that do cost extra; 50 GB for $9.99 a month and 100 GB for $19.99 a month.
Additional alternatives include Mozy and Carbonite. Unfortunately there is no SkyDrive app for iPhone, though there are some Microsoft products, such as OneNote, that integrate with SkyDrive automatically.
Moving On After MobileMe Gallery
Despite iCloud’s new Photo Stream feature that will push pics taken on any of your iOS devices to the others on your account, MobileMe Gallery will be missed. In their MobileMe farewell letter, Apple execs suggest moving pictures and videos from your gallery to your computer, though users will be able to access the MobileMe Gallery until June 30, 2012.
After the break from the gallery you have a lot of awesome photoshare iPhone apps to choose from. One of my favorites is Shutterfly. Shutterfly certainly is not a fly by night service, and there are mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. You can even create public photo galleries to share with family and manage your account on your device or at home.
This fall’s iOS update will provide automatic Twitter integration for photos taken on your iOS 5 device. You could always choose to use a site such as Tumblr or Facebook to manage your pics, or try Kyte, AroundShare, Picasa or Flickr.
Protect Your Passwords
With keychain sync services kicking the bucket you will be on the prowl for a new password keeper. Several services are out there. A few we suggest include 1Password, where you can purchase a single user license for $39.95 or a five-user family pack for $69.95.
Additional titles to keep your eyes on include Password Wallet and SplashID. Do your research, several password security suites have been victim to hacks the past few years.
The bottom line? Losing MobileMe is not the end of the world. Embrace change and save your files before the June 30, 2012 deadline to avoid losing any data.