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Apple to Provide Complimentary MobileMe Service to iOS Users?

Apple to Provide Complimentary MobileMe Service to iOS Users?

This may fit well with an earlier unconfirmed report that Apple would be giving MobileMe syncing services off for nothing. iOS has lagged behind in over-the-air syncing, and Google Android has ruled in this field.

As seen a few weeks back, the golden master original version of iOS 4.2 seemed to prepare the users to log in to MobileMe, by making use of their Apple Ids. It even offered users the ability to create an Apple Id free of cost- right from the settings pages of MobileMe iOS. Back then, users were cautioned regarding researching too much about the modifications, but it was speculated that Apple might bring a few features of the MobileMe paid service to an original free offering bound to Apple Ids of users. To the least, it seemed that Apple is trying to build up a combined login to permit MobileMe users to use various features with the help of their Apple IDs.

Latest evidence found in iOS 4.2.1 golden master seed and current iOS 4.2 builds is pointing towards something- Apple will offer a free MobileMe layer to users. This evidence appeared in the figure of a private framework, also known as AppleAccounts.framework, which contains a sequence of device-specific error messages that refer to the free MobileMe accounts. Specifically, these error messages comprise of alerts concerning reaching “the highest number of free accounts” for any given device, and some specific devices that are not “qualified for free MobileMe services”.

This framework has been customized for many different countries and languages, and is not available in the presently-shipping iOS 4.1. In the meantime, error messages in other parts of iOS suggest that these free accounts might be employed for other features than email. This is because an error message particularly restricts some Apple IDs from being used with MobileMe Mail.

Quote:

“This Apple ID cannot be used for MobileMe Mail, but you can use it for other MobileMe services.”

Other iPhone MobileMex services comprise of Photo Galleries, iDisk, Find my iPhone, and Notes/Safari/Calendar/Contact.

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