More details on the new MobileMe -- becoming Ustream + Foursquare?!
Cult of Mac, who previously rumored a storage-free iPhone nano, is now offering some more potential details on that rumored MobileMe update, including functionality that would make it a mashup of Ustream and Foursquare. According to a "source who wishes to remain nameless":
the centerpiece of the new MobileMe services is a dynamic webpage that sounds like a mashup of Facebook, Foursquare and Ustream. The webpage will collect a ton of information that is automatically uploaded from an iOS device, including the user’s location, photos they’ve taken and video they’ve shot. It will also detail music they’re listening to, games they’re playing, applications they’re using, music and apps they’ve purchased, web sites they’ve visited, status updates, and so on. Users can even send live video to their page, much like the live video-streaming service Ustream.
They also say Apple will offer privacy controls for those who may wish not share. A second service called "Tokens" is also discussed:
Tokens (the name is temporary) allows users to tag GPS locations with information, tips and interesting photos. Users can see what tokens others have left behind. The information could be restaurant reviews, meal recommendations, special deals offered by retailers, or photos of events that took place there. However, the system is complex and Apple is having trouble getting it to work properly, our source said. (And yeah, Apple can’t seem to make the simple version of MobileMe work properly now – but that’s another story).
I'm not going to lie, this isn't really what any of us had been hoping for in a MobileMe revamp. In fact it sounds a little like the Kin services! We've discussed universal login so you can enter your password to activate an iPhone or iPad (rather than tether to iTunes) and pull down all your settings. We've talked about iTunes.com media streaming so you don't have to choose which of your music and movies you sync over USB. We've begged for them to just buy DropBox already. We've never really sat down and dreamed about another Foursquare, Gowalla or Places -- or Ustream for that matter.
Is this the MobileMe revamp you've been looking for? Let us know in comments!