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Apple's free MobileMe iDisk application is now available on the App Store, allowing users to remotely access files saved online via the MobileMe service.

"You can already access your iDisk online at me.com," Apple's Web site reads. "And now you can access it right from your iPhone. Free for MobileMe members, the iDisk app for iPhone makes your important files accessible anytime, anywhere. View popular file types, such as Microsoft Office and iWork 09 documents and presentations, PDFs, and more, in portrait or landscape. Share any file, big or small, with just a few taps. And access files in the Public folders of other MobileMe members just as easily."

Apple says that files recently accessed via the application can be viewed when there is no reception, such as traveling on an airplane.



iTunes advertises the following features for the iDisk app:

View files on your iDisk
Access Public folders
Easily share files from your iPhone
Quickly access recently viewed files
View iPhone supported file types -- including iWork, Office, PDF, Quicktime and more (files larger than 20MB may not be viewable).

It is available in English, French, German and Japanese, and requires a MobileMe subscription along with iPhone OS 3.0
post #2 of 66
Woohoo! I've been waiting for this for a while. I have used a couple of third party aps to connect to my iDisk on the go, they have been ok, but not quite as nicely executed as this.

Not bad for free!
post #3 of 66
Doesn't show up under "new" or under a search for "iDisk."

Why announce it if the link isn't' set up first?

Edit: This is probably just another one of those rude "It's released in the US store so it's released" moments. Hopefully it will show up in other North American countries (there are a few apparently) later today.
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post #4 of 66
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Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post

Doesn't show up under "new" or under a search for "iDisk."

Why announce it if the link isn't' set up first?

Edit: This is probably just another one of those rude "It's released in the US store so it's released" moments. Hopefully it will show up in other North American countries (there are a few apparently) later today.

Don't be so cynical! I'm in the UK and I have it!

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Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post

Doesn't show up under "new" or under a search for "iDisk."

Why announce it if the link isn't' set up first?

Edit: This is probably just another one of those rude "It's released in the US store so it's released" moments. Hopefully it will show up in other North American countries (there are a few apparently) later today.

Try searching "MobileMe iDisk". Worked for me on the Canadian store.
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post #6 of 66
Im in the U.S. It says coming soon on the website - n there is nothing in search in the app store.
Am I dumb?
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Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post

Doesn't show up under "new" or under a search for "iDisk."

Why announce it if the link isn't' set up first?

Edit: This is probably just another one of those rude "It's released in the US store so it's released" moments. Hopefully it will show up in other North American countries (there are a few apparently) later today.

It's available in the UK store now...
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Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post

Edit: This is probably just another one of those rude "It's released in the US store so it's released" moments. Hopefully it will show up in other North American countries (there are a few apparently) later today.

It isn't rude. Its a US website. About a US company. Following a US stock exchange in US time Zones.

It would be self centered of anybody else to expect Apple to hold of an announcement until it was ready worldwide.

Often many of your backwards podunk countries can't get their internets together or their anti-trust laws in line fast enough to accomodate Apple, and Apple waits for no one.

Have a latte and sit back, as I'm sure you're not from one of those podunk countries, so its probably only hours away for you...
post #9 of 66
duh - there it is - duh - sorry duh
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post #11 of 66
Type MobileMe iDisk in the search field and it will pull up the app for the US.

It might not have been there when you searched, but it is there now...

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post #12 of 66
What I really want is a find-my-iphone app so I can find my wife's iPhone when we're out somewhere and it falls out of her pocket. (Or more likely, one of the kids pulled it out of her purse and left it nearby but under something.)
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I had to type MobileMe iDisk and physically hit "Search". It wasnt showing up on the autocomplete. [US]
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Originally Posted by yogieric View Post

What I really want is a find-my-iphone app so I can find my wife's iPhone when we're out somewhere and it falls out of her pocket. (Or more likely, one of the kids pulled it out of her purse and left it nearby but under something.)

So why don't you just call the phone? Come on man, little brain power maybe?
post #15 of 66
I hope they don't think this alleviates the need for an "enable disk use" option like "regular" iPods have.
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Originally Posted by jcw5002 View Post

I had to type MobileMe iDisk and physically hit "Search". It wasnt showing up on the autocomplete. [US]

It's a hard life isn't it?!
post #17 of 66
Great that it's only 2.2MB, but weird that emailing doesn't access the same addressees as in the standard mail app. I tried sending a link to my office email, it's not in my contacts but I've emailed it before, so in mail app it pops up when I type my name. From iDisk app, I can only add from my contacts.

From the standard mail app I can't make the email address into a contact and I can't cut and paste it into the iDisk app. So, first experiment failed unless I get a pen and paper out.

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So why don't you just call the phone? Come on man, little brain power maybe?

Yeah... MobileMe's Find my iPhone feature isn't going to help you find your phone if it is only a few feet away, anyway. Usually, I'm lucky if it shows better than a half mile radius.

That being said, I would like an iPhone app so that I can see where my wife is when she doesn't answer her phone because she always puts it on silent at work and forgets to turn it back on. I don't need to know exactly where she is standing, but a general idea would be nice. For now, I just VNC to my desktop to do it. I tend to fill a lot of the iPhone holes by using my desktop via VNC.
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Originally Posted by echosonic View Post

Often many of your backwards podunk countries can't get their internets together...

Now there's a brilliant, open-minded comment if ever I heard one!
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Originally Posted by echosonic View Post

It isn't rude. Its a US website. About a US company. Following a US stock exchange in US time Zones.

It would be self centered of anybody else to expect Apple to hold of an announcement until it was ready worldwide.

Often many of your backwards podunk countries can't get their internets together or their anti-trust laws in line fast enough to accomodate Apple, and Apple waits for no one.

Have a latte and sit back, as I'm sure you're not from one of those podunk countries, so its probably only hours away for you...

Well agreed that my impatience probably came across as rude in and of itself, but you're dead wrong about what you say above. Apple is not a US company it's an international company. This website is based in the US but has readers from all over the world. Most of the top Mac forum sites like this one or MacRumours have about 50% of their readership from the UK actually. And I don't know WTF you're talking about with the stocks thing. How is that relevant at all?

You also have it completely backwards when you say "it would be self-centred (sic) ... " etc. It is self-centred by definition to expect all Apple's announcements and all Apple related websites to cater only to the US and to have information only related to the US. Expecting the reverse is not self-centred by definition.

Also, for someone talking about "rude" calling other countries "podunk" countries is a bit much.

For anyone interested, I was obviously just impatient, and it did arrive in my country but only after a while and only after repeated searches for the exact name of the file came up empty. Interestingly it arrived in the desktop version of the store five minutes before the online version.

Apologies for being an impatient person, but I still think it's standard procedure to put a product on a shelf (virtual or otherwise), and *then* announce that you have it.
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post #21 of 66
Not even a mention of encryption. What a joke. If I could store documents on my corporate Mac OS X Server system, then I'd consider this useful.
post #22 of 66
Here is finally a good reason to get me to join the MobileMe crowd. I surrender because I have no reason left not to subscribe.

Now, I have to find my debit card!!!
post #23 of 66
I've been waiting for this and am very happy it's here now.
post #24 of 66
Finally - yes!
post #25 of 66
You definitely should be able to take an email address within Mail and create a new contact (or add it to an existing one.)

When reading the email, click on the 'Name >' bit, it'll highlight blue and then take you to the a screen titled "From", with 'Create New Contact' and 'Add to Existing Contact' as options.

(this worked in iPhone OS 2.x, too.)
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Not even a mention of encryption. What a joke. If I could store documents on my corporate Mac OS X Server system, then I'd consider this useful.

For that you need ezShare, works over WiFi from an iPod touch, absolutely brilliant!, would probably work over the internet if you were prepared to risk letting Bonjour out onto the net and your devices in, IMHO, too big a risk. Does iDisk too...
post #27 of 66
This works great and is also free! Not bad. I wish it supported password protected pdf files, but it does not.

I am currently using AirSharing Pro which was like $10, and it also supports mobile me iDisk as well as way more document types including password protected pdfs.

Free is good though!
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post #28 of 66
I find it amusing that people are excited that it's "free". You have to pay $99 a year for MobileMe to use it!
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Originally Posted by jcw5002 View Post

I had to type MobileMe iDisk and physically hit "Search". It wasnt showing up on the autocomplete. [US]

Thanks for that tip- couldn't find it any other way.
So now I finally get to use my iDisk! iPhone keeps giving me something new every week.
post #30 of 66
I tried but the app, nice as it is, will not allow password protected Numbers spreadsheets to be opened on the iPhone.
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Originally Posted by stonefree View Post

I find it amusing that people are excited that it's "free". You have to pay $99 a year for MobileMe to use it!

$69- just keep buying new Macs, iPhones , etc every year!
post #32 of 66
This works great! Now I can finally take documents along with me and share them with other people. Makes the MobileMe service even better. I love how you can share really large files that can't be emailed (it emails a custom link to the file on the MM server). I also like that I can access all those files without them having to be on the iPhone, taking up space.

This app is going on the first screen on my iPhone.
post #33 of 66
A perfect place to store porn- accessible only when needed!
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Originally Posted by stonefree View Post

I find it amusing that people are excited that it's "free". You have to pay $99 a year for MobileMe to use it!

MobileMe is a lot more than just iDisk. I know people are incensed that Apple dare charge for this service, however, I've had it for 3 years now and it's been very useful and worth the price. I use my iDisk to share large files with clients that can't be sent over email, and I can also give clients access to our public iDisk folder to upload files. I've published over 80 photo galleries on MM to share with family and friends (it's SO easy with iPhoto and MM), and it also allows me to synch my laptop, desktop and iPhone.

Personally, the "Find my iPhone" feature alone is worth the $99/year (which works out to $8.25/month).
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Omg- this is amazing! I was just able to look at my tax returns on my phone!!!
post #36 of 66
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Originally Posted by jcw5002 View Post

I had to type MobileMe iDisk and physically hit "Search". It wasnt showing up on the autocomplete. [US]

I think it takes time for them to update their indexes. It didn't for met, and then later on it worked. FYI, this is on the Canadian store.
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Am I understanding right that it doesn't let you download files from iDisk? If so what is the point?
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post #38 of 66
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I find it amusing that people are excited that it's "free". You have to pay $99 a year for MobileMe to use it!

Stop being obtuse. You know very well that it's a free viewer for a paid for service. What did you expect? That apple provide MobileMe for free to iPhone users?

Give us a break. Please.
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Originally Posted by Foo2 View Post

Not even a mention of encryption. What a joke. If I could store documents on my corporate Mac OS X Server system, then I'd consider this useful.

It's called MobileMe iDisk - it's for the MobileMe iDisk - why would you expect something different? Do you also complain that the Keynote Remote app doesn't let you control PowerPoint?
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Am I understanding right that it doesn't let you download files from iDisk? If so what is the point?

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Apple says that files recently accessed via the application can be viewed when there is no reception, such as traveling on an airplane.

Files are downloaded once they are viewed, so, yes, you can download them from iDisk.
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