Apple alerting users to reserved iCloud email addresses

Apple has begun sending out emails to inform iCloud users that email addresses have been reserved for them. These seem to be directed towards previous MobileMe users who had (or legacy addresses. I don't recall email addresses being reserved following the to transition, and, and there's no additional information or context provided. The email simply states:

All new iCloud Mail accounts now come with an email address. As an existing user, we'd like to offer you this new address as well. We have reserved [redacted] for you, and you can now use this address with your iOS devices and computers by following these simple instructions.

If you prefer, you can continue to use your current email address just as you always have.

No matter which address you use, you'll continue to receive all your mail, whether it's sent to your,, or address.

Whether this has something to do with previous, additional MobileMe aliases or something else, I'm not sure. If you received an iCloud email reservation from Apple, let me know.

Thanks: @ichadman

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Apple alerting users to reserved iCloud email addresses


I got one. The email addresses are already set up. When you go to compose an email, you have the option of using your addy, or your new iCloud addy.

Got one today as well. Very short on details. I guess you can set it up on iPhone/iPad or access via iCloud. Not sure I'll be using it. Maybe for Spam stuff.

I got one and have no idea how to access it. I can't log into it and can't set up a new account with it as the address. How the @#%$ is this supposed to work?

Well I just went to the iCloud/Apple ID account management page and it lists an alternative of my address. Maybe they're just doing it automatically for some users, odd.

All my business cards have Even though you will still get the emails I'm tired of switching my cards .mac, .me now this. My hotmail has been the same forever.

I got this also, even though I started using the iCloud address a few weeks ago. It gave me the option of having email sent to my account forwarded to the iCloud address, so I didn't need to tell people of an address change.

I received this email this morning. While I don't want to use @icloud I also don't want someone to take it either. Do I need to do anything to look the iCloud address?

What basically happened is that for anyone that has a current @me address you can now send emails from the alias as well nothing really changed but before if you tried to send a email from the @icloud the message would not send. Personally I prefer the @icloud extension but if have been using the @me extension you will still receive all your emails. Nothing has really changed.

I didn't receive the email, but after reading this I checked and the has been activated for me previous address as I can now log into the previous account using either or

Kinda confusing, but at least they reserved the logins. When Microsoft implemented, they didn't -- while it was possible to convert old Hotmail addresses to use the new extension, they weren't reserved -- someone else can get then first if you don't convert...

After upgrading to iOS 6, I had both an and address such that I could send email from either, but any email sent to the address bounced with a reason of not being a valid address.

I wonder if Apple has finally started enabling the address for receiving email. I haven't gotten the email notification yet though.

Unfortunately it doesn't also let me link to my old email which has the same prefix. They should have done this when was introduced ... :(