So iCloud is finally here, and MobileMe is going away. This is generally a good thing, but vestiges of the old remain with the new. One reader is wondering how he can make a clean break:
I’ve successfully upgraded to Lion, to iOS 5 on my iPhone 4, and migrated from MobileMe to iCloud. BUT, I still see the MobileMe icon in my system preferences, how do I remove it?
I have the same situation on my Macs running Lion; the MobileMe Preference Pane remains after the iCloud upgrade. It does still control your iDisk usage settings, if you are making use of that feature, though this too will stop working next year. Its continuing presence is probably more of a visual nuisance than anything else.
However, if you truly want to remove this, quit System Preferences, then on your startup drive go to /System/Library/PreferencePanes. This is where the Apple pref panes live. Be careful working in this folder (or anything inside /System), as you can disable parts of your Mac by removing the wrong items. Copy the MobileMe.prefPane file to your desktop as a backup, then delete the original. You will be asked for an admin password to make this change. Once removed, when you relaunch System Preferences it will be gone.
I cannot vouch for whether this is still needed for anything, though, so this procedure and suggestion is caveat emptor – proceed at your own risk.
Thanks for replying. I was close to doing exactly as you instructed on my own. Anyway, your instructions worked. I have a copy of the MobileMe prefpane, just in case of an issue. It did remove it from the system preferences.