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Apple announced Thursday that its new web-based calendar application for MobileMe subscribers has officially exited the beta stages and is now available to all members.

To start using the new calendar members simply need to sign in to me.com/calendar, click "Upgrade now" in the lower left corner of the Calendar web application, and follow the instructions. However, members who've been using the Calendar since it was a beta product don't need to do anything.

Better iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch integration

Apple says the new MobileMe Calendar was designed to integrate more fluently with the built-in calendar app on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches by always keeping it in sync with a Mac or PC. New events or changes are automatically pushed to iOS 4 devices so the calendar stays up to date. Users who schedule a meeting on their iOS devices will also see that meeting pushed everywhere too.

Share calendars with family and friends

The new version also makes it easier for users to share calendars with one or more MobileMe members to keep everyone on the same page. For example, users can create a shared calendar called "Family" for weekend activities, then allow family members to edit events, and then receive email notifications informing them of those changes.

Publish a calendar for a group or team


Another new features lets users share a read-only public calendar, which Apple says is ideal for publishing an events calendar such as a child's sports team schedule. Once set up, a link to view the calendar can be sent to other team members for viewing on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.



Event invitations with RSVPs


Users can also invite guests to an event by adding their email address to the event (they don't have to be a MobileMe member) and guests will get an invitation email they can respond to directly by clicking a link. The event then automatically updates, making it easy to track RSVPs right in the calendar.

New web application

All these features tie into new web application at me.com with redesigned day, week, and month views, as well as a new list view to make scanning events easier.

Apple says the new web application works best with Safari 5, Firefox 3.6, and Internet Explorer 8. Compatibility with iPhone or iPod touch requires iOS 4.1, while iPad users must be running either version 3.2 or 4.2 (due this November). Mac users must have Mac OS X 10.6.4 installed and PC users will need MobileMe Control Panel version 1.6.3 and Outlook 2007 or 2010.
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It made my calendars go haywire! If not for TM I would've been screwed big-time! Totally unreliable eye-candy in IMHO.
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Would love to have heard the discussion at Apple on why we need the torn off pad paper remnants in the corners or the calendar. Totally cheesy gimmick clip art.

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Thanks for updating your overpriced cloud software Apple!

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Apple announced Thursday that it's new web-based calendar application for MobileMe subscribers has officially exited the beta stages and is now available to all members....

I wonder if this was what the 3 hour massive outage/screwup on Tuesday was all about?
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I still don't get why people buy MobileMe. It's nice, but google calendar does the same job for...free

There's a lot more to MobileMe than just a calendar and not everyone uses Gmail. In fact I don't know any serious tech person who would use Gmail as their main email address, most just use it for throwaway stuff.
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I still don't get why people buy MobileMe. It's nice, but google calendar does the same job for...free

If you want Back to My Mac, the price is reasonable since to get that functionality along with iDisk you need to pay somebody, might as well be Apple. Plus nobody sells a Find my iPhone app at any price.

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If "gimmicky clip art" is all you are complaining about, then it looks like Apple has done pretty well.

I like the new interface - it looks good.
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I continue to wonder why iCal can not calculate from a known birthdate or anniversary date so that a recurring event will tell me which Birthday or Anniversary the event is. This simple math function should be a easy fix / feature.
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If "gimmicky clip art" is all you are complaining about, then it looks like Apple has done pretty well.

I like the new interface - it looks good.


No complaint just surprise that the Steve would agree to that. I just started using it so I have no opinion yet on the features or the interface controls, although, it seems to be snappier. (for the record)

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I still don't get why people buy MobileMe. It's nice, but google calendar does the same job for...free

Yes, but Google does not:
- sync data other than calendar and address book
- provide online storage
- have a well-integrated way to publish photos
- have Find My iPhone
- have Back To My Mac
- let me publish my address book to another user

But they do use my data to sell advertising.
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Originally Posted by SuperDuperCheese View Post

I still don't get why people buy MobileMe. It's nice, but google calendar does the same job for...free

Mobile me has:
a website feature (sucks)

Photo gallery you can share that is connected to iPhoto and also appleTV an iOS devies (nice)

Find my iphone and find my Ipad: worth the price for this feature alone. If your phone is buried under a couch in silent mode you can use GPS to verify it's home and then send a sound even though it is in silent mode. Nice!

iDisk: store you crap in the cloud. not bad, not good. About 20 gigs for standard plan

back to my mac: I use to do business from home from time to time. nice.

iLife syncing: fantastic.ios calenders and desktop calender in sync in real time at all times. Includes contact syncing. Love it.

email address: who cares.

Backup: feature sucks.

Not perfect ... but worth the price in my opinion.
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I still don't get why people buy MobileMe. It's nice, but google calendar does the same job for...free

Started getting warnings about using too much data from GMail and the only way to solve it was to purchase one of their business plans. It wasn't that i got a lot of mail but I did have a lot of devices syncing. If i have to buy something I was going to get something with extra features I thought were useful and someone that can be talked to for support if necessary. That is why I signed up for MobileMe.

GMail did its job when it worked though.
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Originally Posted by Gustav View Post

Yes, but Google does not:
- sync data other than calendar and address book
- provide online storage
- have a well-integrated way to publish photos
- have Find My iPhone
- have Back To My Mac
- let me publish my address book to another user

But they do use my data to sell advertising.

Google syncs my calenders & DropBox provides the storage.
I'd be prepared to pay a bit for MobileMe, but imo it's way overpriced for what it
offers when most stuff is available free if not quite so well executed.

Maybe off topic but the Windows Phone 7 looked to have a decent looking calendar
On my iPhone I've used Apps SaiSuke and Pocket Informant which are decent
but feel that the iPhone should have a better calendar out of the box.
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I continue to wonder why iCal can not calculate from a known birthdate or anniversary date so that a recurring event will tell me which Birthday or Anniversary the event is. This simple math function should be a easy fix / feature.

Agreed. Also frustrating that married couples must have separate cards in order to have separate birthdays.
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I have an iPhone, I have an iPad, I have a Mac. Why do I need Me.COM?

We have apps for this, we don't need webapps.
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I still don't get why people buy MobileMe. It's nice, but google calendar does the same job for...free

When something goes wrong, Google is accountable to no one. You're not paying for it. They owe you nothing.

With MobileMe, Apple is accountable to my dollar, plain and simple.
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I still don't get why people buy MobileMe. It's nice, but google calendar does the same job for...free

Google aps are NOT free. You pay with your personal information. I'd much rather pay a nominal fee to Apple ($5 a month is hardly unreasonable) to keep my personal information private. Maybe some see that as ridiculous, but I think it's important to have the option for those of us who appreciate it.
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When something goes wrong, Google is accountable to no one. You're not paying for it. They owe you nothing.

With MobileMe, Apple is accountable to my dollar, plain and simple.

Um, have you ever actually tried to get Apple support for a MobileMe issue? You can't get support via phone; they force you to use online chat, which often takes literally HOURS for a resolution (and occasionally ends without any resolution at all).

Dn't get me wrong, I've been using MobileMe since before it was a paid service, and I do think it's worth it (though I was pretty pissed when they started charging for a service that they originally touted as free). However, Apple should be ashamed of the fact that they don't offer proper support for this (relatively) expensive subscription service. In this particular case, Apple has found a way to be anything BUT accountable.
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I still don't get why people buy MobileMe. It's nice, but google calendar does the same job for...free

I take your point...but I've used MobileMe (.Mac) for years now. It has been sort of lagging for most of that time...however.

I like the Apple ecosystem. So I'm "all-in!" I wouldn't have any other phone than the iPhone 4, just like I wouldn't have a router in my house that wasn't Apple.

I know Google is free...but I find there offerings very disjointed and clumsy.

MobieMe's best features are the syncing and saving settings from one mac to the next and the iPhone of course. It's worth the price for this feature alone.

I do supplement it with DropBox, though.

Best

PS. CoDog...that's when I started using it too...when it was free. I forgot about that!
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It’s amazing that whenever a story about a change to MobileMe pops up there are people that focus on that one aspect of the service and deem it unworthy of being a paid app.

I have 5 accounts tied to a MobileMe Family Plan that I pay about $80/year to maintain. Besides the many Macs and Windows PCs tied to the service there are 12 iDevice that I am aware of that are tied to FindMy[iDevice] service. On top of that I use Back to My Mac for routine maintenance and updates using a special admin account for some of the Macs within my family. I also forward all my Gmail to my MM account so it will be pushed to my iDevices instantly. This also works with syncing Notes between these devices. Nothing else on the market even comes close to doing all that, not to mention the ease of use and low price for the service.
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MobieMe's best features are the syncing and saving settings from one mac to the next and the iPhone of course. It's worth the price for this feature alone.

The Settings backup and syncing was a godsend before Time Machine, but now when I get a new Mac I just use that to recreate my system.

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I do supplement it with DropBox, though.

I use Dropbox quite a bit. I hope Apple steps up the game in that regard because iDisk is just archaic in comparison, though it was never a fast or great way to transfer files. 10.6.5 does add SSL to iDisk, which is a needed addition but I really want to know what took so dang long.
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Bah, I'm still on iOS 3.0.1 for tethering.

Maybe the new Verizon iPad/MiFi deal will convince me to upgrade...

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post #24 of 54
I'm with you Solipsism and Quado. Set it and forget it! I think it's great.
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People who don't understand MobileMe or consider that a paying for a subscription is unjustifiable probably have never experienced MS Exchange services at the enterprise level. MobileMe is the next best thing (especially with this long overdue update) to MS Exchange and Activesync for people who want to use it at the home business or personal level, without having to pay for expensive licenses.

If you've never used Exchange, you probably won't need mobileme since you don't know what you're missing and google services will be just as good for you.
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I could never understand mobileme until I tried the free subscription. Now I'm hooked, and glad to pay the amazon discounted price for a family plan. I've been on calendar beta for a while. It is not eye-candy. Shared calendars alone was worth the invite. And one thing about apple as compared to google. Apple knows that beta is not meant to be a permanent state of software.
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I am very disappointed that the web interface does not allow an alert or reminder to be set. I can set the alert from my iPhone or from iCal, but not from the web app. This makes no sense whatsoever.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

There's a lot more to MobileMe than just a calendar and not everyone uses Gmail. In fact I don't know any serious tech person who would use Gmail as their main email address, most just use it for throwaway stuff.

That's funny.

I don't know any tech person who DOESN'T use Gmail as their main email address.

I like the look of mobile me but the barrier for me is the business model that emphasises recurring costs. I wouldn't mind a high one-off cost like I did for Snow Leopard or iWork. But I don't even have a phone contract. Call it subscriptionitis.

From a consumer standpoint I think the kindle has the most fantastic business model. Free, ongoing, international 3G access for the cost of the device - If only it had the usability of an iPad.
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That's funny.

I don't know any tech person who DOESN'T use Gmail as their main email address.

meet me.... i'm one

wouldnt touch gmail or facebook. and i could introduce you to loads of my tech friends who wouldnt touch gmail either.
maybe your tech friends are just pretending to be.....

seriously though, anyone who says it overpriced... come on!! just give up cigs or beer for one week. or maybe aim higher in life.lol
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That's funny.

I don't know any tech person who DOESN'T use Gmail as their main email address.

Bummer for you, dude!
Did it ever occur to you that all those people that gave you their gMail address consider emails they get from you as spam??... The truth hurts, man.



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Bummer for you, dude!
Did it ever occur to you that all those people that gave you their gMail address consider emails they get from you as spam??... The truth hurts, man.



... just yankin' your chain.

Ouch. ha ha.

In my experience, which is probably very little, most people have a genuine gmail address for regular communication and an alternate for signing in to things that require an email address "for verification purposes" but you don't really want the inconvenience of being bombarded with their "newsletters".
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I have 5 accounts tied to a MobileMe Family Plan that I pay about $80/year to maintain.

Similar situation. Two accounts, nine devices tied in, five of them transportable and set up for Find My Phone. Huge peace of mind having that feature alone. Cal and Contacts have worked flawlessly for two years. What matters is having a system for the family that works reliably and doesn't screw up. MobileMe does that.

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That's funny. I don't know any tech person who DOESN'T use Gmail as their main email address....

If by "tech person" you mean "guy who fixes computers at Best Buy," then I agree with you. If on the other hand you mean guy who writes software, has a business, knows anyone in the industry, is a serious blogger, is over the age of 18, or anyone who owns their own website then you're full of it.
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Um, have you ever actually tried to get Apple support for a MobileMe issue? You can't get support via phone; they force you to use online chat, which often takes literally HOURS for a resolution (and occasionally ends without any resolution at all).

Dn't get me wrong, I've been using MobileMe since before it was a paid service, and I do think it's worth it (though I was pretty pissed when they started charging for a service that they originally touted as free). However, Apple should be ashamed of the fact that they don't offer proper support for this (relatively) expensive subscription service. In this particular case, Apple has found a way to be anything BUT accountable.

Just curious ... what have you had go wrong with MobileMe that took hours to resolve?
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I am very disappointed that the web interface does not allow an alert or reminder to be set. I can set the alert from my iPhone or from iCal, but not from the web app. This makes no sense whatsoever.

That is strange to be sure.
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Similar situation. Two accounts, nine devices tied in, five of them transportable and set up for Find My Phone. Huge peace of mind having that feature alone. Cal and Contacts have worked flawlessly for two years. What matters is having a system for the family that works reliably and doesn't screw up. MobileMe does that.

My only issue outside of the aforementioned iDisk being slow and not have encryption is Notes syncing has a bug. For reasons unknown to me a Note will disappear from any one device or all devices. You dont have to have edited it, meaning you can read it and then go back to read it again and it will not be there.

My workaround is to copy Notes to Drafts in Mail on Mac OS X every so often. Ive submitted it to Apple and there are many others with this issue on their forums. The unusual thing about this is that Notes is really basically Draft message anyway and looks to use IMAP to keep everything in sync so I cant understand why this would be happening at all.
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Its amazing that whenever a story about a change to MobileMe pops up there are people that focus on that one aspect of the service and deem it unworthy of being a paid app.

I have 5 accounts tied to a MobileMe Family Plan that I pay about $80/year to maintain. Besides the many Macs and Windows PCs tied to the service there are 12 iDevice that I am aware of that are tied to FindMy[iDevice] service. On top of that I use Back to My Mac for routine maintenance and updates using a special admin account for some of the Macs within my family. I also forward all my Gmail to my MM account so it will be pushed to my iDevices instantly. This also works with syncing Notes between these devices. Nothing else on the market even comes close to doing all that, not to mention the ease of use and low price for the service.

very well said... i'm using mobileme from last 2 yrs and no regrets at all (idisk syncing sucks sometimes when you are syncing it with multiple macs)
i love the simplicity of calendars, contacts, bookmarks all pushed to mobile from mac or vice versa... photo albums uploading from iphoto is way much better and easy to use... i'm sharing most of the pictures in this way only and i'm loving it (much better than facebook even though i can't use facebook as it is blocked in china)

my way or the highway...

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Would love to have heard the discussion at Apple on why we need the torn off pad paper remnants in the corners or the calendar. Totally cheesy gimmick clip art.

I noticed the torn paper as well with the upper left corner being the most obvious. I'm surprised a decision was made to provide a sense of realism in this app considering the direction taken with the iTunes icon no longer including a CD.

Steve said during the keynote, "the CD era is about to be eclipsed by everything digital..." Have computer calendars eclipsed paper calendars?
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

If by "tech person" you mean "guy who fixes computers at Best Buy," then I agree with you. If on the other hand you mean guy who writes software, has a business, knows anyone in the industry, is a serious blogger, is over the age of 18, or anyone who owns their own website then you're full of it.

I'm sorry to disappoint you but Best Buy doesn't exist where I'm from. I shall have to assume you're far more informed of what's happening on that side of the globe.

Perhaps it's best chalk it up to one of those international peculiarities like vegemite or handguns.
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urm not all members. You need Snowleopard to make use of the mobileme calendar.
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