Along with today’s launch of iOS 6 Beta 3, Apple has started to roll out iCloud.com email addresses to developers. When iOS users signed up for iCloud in the past they received an email address @me.com. Now that MobileMe has been shut down, Apple is starting to transition over to @iCloud.com email addresses.
In the changelogs for iOS 6 Beta 3, Apple revealed –
icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.
iCloud.com email addresses are not functional as of yet, but they should be before iOS 6 is released to the general public later this fall. The transition from @me.com addresses to @icloud.com addresses is similar to the transition made in 2008 when Apple shutdown all @mac.com services.