Earlier today Apple released a new offical app for the iPhone, the Find my iPhone app, similar to the already present app in MobileMe, if your iPhone or iPad goes missing, then you can log in with your MobileMe on any other iPhone, iPad or iPod and then find it. When the App finds the iPhone, it maps the location, and then allows you to “display a message on the iPhone or iPad’s screen, have it play a sound (even if silenced), remote lock it or even wipe it clean.”
While the App sounds brilliant, it does depend on you having a 2nd device to find the first one. The App can be downloaded from the App Store, is free, even though you will need a MobileMe account, which costs $99 yearly.
According to several online news sites, a number of MobileMe users are noticing changes in their MobileMe account status. Could this be suggesting that Apple may have plans of changing the way MobileMe works in the future, currently users are paying $99/yr. for Apple’s service and syncing software.
While previous MobileMe account types were either “Trial”, “Individual”, or “Family Pack”, some MobileMe subscribers are stating that their account settings had changed on Friday morning to “Full Member.” While you could argue that this is just a new and perhaps easier way for Apple to distinguish between paying members and users with trial accounts, you would also argue that the timing is particularly curious given that WWDC is set to start tomorrow.
Since we know that Apple isn’t known as a company which gives away the goods at no charge, we still feel that even if they just decreased the price a little then the MobileMe service would be an unbelievably attractive selling point for the iPhone.
As Matt from Gizmodo explained, “MobileMe’s services aren’t really a luxury anymore, and users are increasingly growing to expect that type of seamless, automatic syncing on their devices.” We are keeping our fingers crossed that Apple has the same idea as Matt, and will of course keep you up to date on any changes in the MobileMe world.
Yesterday Apple updated the MobileMe iDisk app for the iPhone, from 1.0 to 1.1 other than updating the icon to the above presented icon, which we think is much cooler than the boring old one, there are also several other noteworthy changes in the new update such as:
- Auto-complete email addresses when choosing recipients for a shared file
- File sharing emails are automatically saved to your Mail account’s Sent folder
- When viewing an image, tap and hold to save it to your photo roll or copy it to another app
- Maximum setting for cache size is now 500MB (up from 200MB)
- Faster downloads
- Various bug fixes
Before you download the is version however remember that the MobileMe iDisk app requires iPhone OS 3.0, as well as a MobileMe membership, if you have both and have used MobileMe in the past then we are sure you will enjoy these new updates.
If you haven’t tried MobileMe yet then you can download it from itunes under this link: MobileMe