MobileMe Updated in Time for the Holidays

What has the MobileMe team gone and gotten us for the holidays? Why, a slew of pre-New Year updates! Specific to the iPhone:

  • Resolved an issue that could cause some contacts to temporarily disappear on iPhone or iPod touch when syncing with MobileMe over an intermittent network connection; iPhone Software 2.2 is required to take full advantage of this
  • Improves reliability of new email notifications on an iPhone/iPod touch
  • Messages just deleted on iPhone, iPod touch, or a desktop mail application now update more quickly on webmail

And, most importantly to Mac users who previously saw the "push" and "Exchange for the rest of us" labels vanish in a cloud of, er... more like 15 min...

  • Contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on a Mac sync automatically within a minute of the change being made on the computer, another device, or the web at www.me.com; Mac OS X 10.5.6 is required

Well, they had me at "Back to My Mac" and "Sync", but if you're a MobileMe user, is this enough to get you to renew? If you're not, is it enough to get you to sign up?

Rene Ritchie

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Cory says:

Nuevasync [http://www.nuevasync.com/] is free and lets me sync my iPhone contacts and calendar with Google. No contract, no cost. If Nuevasync didn't work so well I'd be using Funambol [http://www.funambol.com/], which is also free. From my perspective, push email alone is not enough of a compelling reason to use (read: pay for) MobileMe.

sharonpeters11 says:

I spent 199 on a phone and like 75 a month on my plan. Push email should be included for free at that cost. And I don't mean yahoos crappy push that takes 20 minutes to push a message to my phone I mean instant push. I have my phone set to fetch now because 15 minute fetch is faster that yahoo push

marcol says:

Quick test: calendar sync is now pretty quick (both ways). Yay!
They had me since before the iPhone was a glint.

E Pow says:

I would love to use Mobile Me but I find it extremely difficult to pay for a email service that doesn't work better than free email services. I felt in the beginning that Apple should provide a free email service to iphone users. Blackberry does it and if Apple's goal is to take over the top spots in the smartphone world than free email should have been there. Im not being cheap because I'm a Apple fan. I own a MacBook Pro, Apple TV, Apple router, and an iphone 3g, and as we all know Apple products cost BIG money. Money isnt the issue as to why I chose not to subscribe to Mobile Me. It's just pointless to pay for a email service that suffers when I can use GMail for free that delivers constantly for me.

Rene Ritchie says:

MobileMe is not an email service, it's a sync service. It provides a very wide range of stuff far beyond email. I used MobileMe (when it was still .Mac) long before there was an iPhone.
I still primarily use it to sync and inter-connect between 3 different Macs. Leaving my work laptop, getting home, finding everything exactly as it was (email, bookmarks, RSS, passwords, prefs, etc.) so I can just keep working is amazing. And if I forget to put a file on my shared iDisk, being able to automatically connect securely or share screens to get the file is swoon-worthy.
Yeah, the PIM is nice, but MobileMe is much, much more.
BTW- GMail IMAP fails for me to the point that I'm abandoning it. Constant invalid certificates, too many concurrent connections, etc. warnings keep taking the accounts offline. Likewise, their dodgy labels-> folders, and All Mail folder, means I have to sync multiple copies of the same message.
If Gmail could just fix their IMAP, I would no doubt fall in love again, but I'm not holding much hope :(

Steve says:

I've never had any of these issues mentioned with MobileMe. Nothing's ever disappeared, or been deleted, and my BeejiveIM notifications have always been pushed immediately. It's $8 a month... big deal. If people didn't mess with their iPhone's software as soon as they took them out of the boxes, maybe sh*t would work properly.

Dyvim says:

I'm with Rene- MobileMe is much more than mail. I'm not even currently using the mail component (although I will probably give it another try since Yahoo! push isn't all that great). But keeping Contacts, Calendar, and Bookmarks in sync between 3 Windows PCs, 1 Mac and 3 iPhones is pretty much worth it right there. Throw in iDisk and it's even better. I haven't even begun to explore the additional Mac-side stuff either. I just wish Bookmark sync would support Firefox, then I'd be a happy camper.
Still, it's expensive. I wish it were less. Oh well.
Also, I believe NuevaSync uses Exchange. But I already use Exchange to sync my work Contacts, Calendar, and Email (while MobileMe syncs my personal Contacts and Calendar), so NuevaSync isn't even an option for me since iPhone supports only 1 Exchange account at a time. So MobileMe allows me to separate work and personal PIM sync and have push (more or less) for both. Sweet!

dloveprod says:

yahoo is working fine with me and I don't need push contacts I'll just sync em when I get home, still not worth a hundred bucks a year to me, can't even access information on iDisk on the iphone yet

Dyvim says:

@dloveprod
There are a number of free and paid solutions for accessing iDisk files on the iPhone. e.g. MobileFiles is free- acts as a simple doc viewer.

JeffPom#IM says:

In reply to those talking about how MobileMe is more than email...
You are right - it is. But Blackberry does have a free version of their server software for home users. This would provide the same capabilities you pay Apple for.
I use Yahoo - I would love it to synch completely (Calendar, everything) and it's driving me nuts. I've never had problems with Yahoo pushing to my iPhone (except for occasional problems really) - it almost always pushes before I get it on my webmail.
But I can't sync contacts or calendar. I am considering MobileMe for this purpose - but I really don't want to pay for it. I don't need it that badly. I'm not a power user.

T. Bom says:

MobilMe is disgusting, and for those of you who it functions for - why would you accept paying 100$ a year for it? It just goes to show that Apple would be happy being the next Microsoft. I am a fan of Apple's hardware products - but their policies are starting to turn sour. If they really want to become the "all in one" life-computing solution they claim to be, they need to get on top of a well designed, free, online suite that can work with ANY (outlook, Gmail, yahoo, etc.) setup. It is a nagging deficeiency in the iPhone. I am DISAPPOINTED.