Apple reportedly begins to transition email addresses to

What began life as email address and became with iPhone OS 2 will now be transitioning again, this to time to, and reportedly Apple is starting with the just-released iOS 6 beta 3. This according to information obtained by MacRumors. The notice, supplied to developers by Apple, reads in part: email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an email address instead of a email address.

Apple released email as part of iTools in 2000, which became .Mac in 2002, and switched to MobileMe and in 2008. Apple announced iCloud in 2011, but until now had left email addresses set to Although only developers seem to be getting transitioned, it seems likely that Apple will transition the rest of the user base when iOS 6 goes into general release this fall.

Like the to transition, previous email address should continue working as aliases -- so anything sent to will just go to instead.

Personally, I'm looking forward to this. Even though my own .Mac account switched to back in 2008, any time I enter it on my iPhone, Apple automysteriously switches it back to So, with any luck, come October when I enter my shiny new email address, Apple will finally let me use

I kid. I jest.

What it will do is make things more uniform and less confusing for mainstream users who right now probably wonder why, when they sign up for iCloud, get an email at Consistency is a feature when you're talking hundreds of thousands, and eventually hundreds of millions of users.

Having as the persistent name, place, and address iOS users use for online activities keeps everything nice and simple.

For more, see our Ultimate Guide to iCloud or jump into our iCloud forum, and let us know how you feel -- ready to embrace the future, or will you miss the shorter, more personal sounding days?

Source: MacRumors