Apple Confirms iCloud Web Apps, But It’s End-Of-Line For iWeb, Gallery and iDisk

Apple Confirms iCloud Web Apps, But It’s End-Of-Line For iWeb, Gallery and iDisk

Apple has just published a new transition guide for MobileMe customers looking forward to switching to iCloud.

The good news? Apple has confirmed that you’ll still get access to web apps for iCloud Mail, Contracts, Calendar and Find My iPhone. The bad? Say goodbye to iWeb, Gallery and iDisk.

Here’s the wording that Apple uses to confirm web apps:

Will I be able to access iCloud services on the web?

Yes. Web access to iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Find My iPhone will be available at icloud.com this fall.

In addition, Apple reiterates that all existing MobileMe services should stay around until June 30th, 2012. That said, even if you transition to iCloud as soon as it becomes available, you’ll at least be able to continue accessing your iWeb, Gallery and iDisk until next year. Time to start looking for another host for your web sites, photo galleries and files.

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  • iKJames

    June 301th – What kind of day is that? Needs to be corrected.

  • quietstorms

    I wonder if there will be web access to Photostream. If others can’t view your pictures on the web that’s a big missing feature.

  • Chris Mt.P

    iWeb as an app is still usable. The upload to MobileMe may not work but there’s no reason you cannot make a photo gallery page and post it on your own domain. The FTP functions should still work fine. At least that’s what I’m hearing.

  • Hannah Garrett

    idisk?! That is a really useful feature. I prefer it to Dropbox. Does iCloud have any idisk-like features? 

  • facebook-505899793

    Would it really be that difficult for Apple to allow desperate iTunes/iCloud/Mobile Me accounts to be merged into one?

  • Don Pope

    Depends on how desperate those account are.

  • redrocklobster

    Why wouldn’t they retain Gallery?  How hard could it be? (Same goes for iWeb and iDisk). It took me years to get my family to go there for photos rather than needing to email them all.  Apple really gets my goat by introducing functional services and then pulling them constantly.

  • prof_peabody

    iCloud will automatically save all your documents in the cloud from any device/computer and then share them with the rest of your devices/computers, so if your storage needs are related to your apps (documents, pictures, etc.) then they will be saved in the cloud, but if you just want unstructured online storage that you can put files in, then probably not.  

  • prof_peabody

    Other than the demise of web hosting, the major feature that appears to be missing (or at least not replaced), is sharing large files like we can do now using iDisk.  PhotoStream replaces Gallery, and Documents in the Cloud replaces iDisk, but it doesn’t look like there is a way to throw a large file up to the cloud and then share it.  

    This seems like a big mistake to me in that iCloud can basically replace any other service out there except for this one missing feature.  Why would anyone buy into a service that doesn’t allow you to transfer files larger than something you can email, or haven’t been personally created by you?  

    It seems like a concerted attack on file sharing at the same time they are selling it as a way to “share almost anything.”

  • Kada Mesli

    Contracts too :-p Nice

  • Hilton979

    The lack of iDisk/Gallery greatly reduces iCloud’s attractiveness, imo. 

  • Chris Brunner

    I guess that’s the price we pay for “free”. As a long-time .mac subscriber I will miss these features but a hosting package on GoDaddy is still much cheeper than the MobileMe subscription was. I mostly renewed mine to keep my .mac email address (which I will still get to keep).

    -Chris
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  • facebook-505899793

    Because someone else already does it better? I’m gladly going to take the money I spent on Mobile Me and apply it to a bigger Dropbox account. 

  • theguycalledtom

    Mobileme galleries were a great way to press a button and share an album in both Aperture and iPhoto. Now it looks like the only built in export options will be Facebook and Flickr, which is not great for a novice user who doesn’t want to share their photos with the whole world on Flickr or all their friends on Facebook at very low resolutions.

    If they have it already built into iPhoto and Aperture, why take it away? Especially if they are allowing people to buy more storage.

  • theguycalledtom

    Does anyone else think its strange that iOS is gaining the ability to sync System settings between devices but Mac OS is losing all its syncing of preferences / keychains / widgets / dock items / between devices.

    Seems like the Mac just became less cloudy (and not in a good way).

  • Andrew Wong

    What I will miss most is keychain, dock and bookmarks sync. Also, Apple didn’t seem to say anything about existing backups made on iDisk using Backup. Will I still be able to do my backups? What happens to all the extra space I purchased? I have a 120GB iDisk account for backups.

  • Brian

    They did answer that. iDisk ceases to exist June 30th, 2012.

  • GrimWit

    Gallery was a great way to share photo’s with family, iWeb was a nice easy way to throw up a little web site, iDisk sucked because it was so painfully slow that I never used it.  Oh well, at least they gave us a year to find a new home and move our stuff out.

  • Dilbert A

    i do & it sucks.

  • Dilbert A

    make sure you triple encrypt.

  • Dilbert A

    agreed. one correction, Facebook now allow high rez uploads. I don’t use Facebook to share though.

  • Iphoneication

    I dont think iweb is dead yet,, keeping my fingers crossed. i think you will see a new iweb after the transition to icloud is in full swing. 

  • Jacqui

    I am one of those paying customers who uses iWeb for yes… those of us who are less than web savvy and have a beautiful site… well at least I did anyway!
    please support your paying customers.

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