updated 10:25 pm EDT, Sun June 12, 2011
Jobs says iWeb going away after iCloud shift
Apple chief Steve Jobs in a e-mail response to a fan reportedly confirmed that iWeb hosting was going away with the shift to iCloud. When asked if he'd need an alternative web builder and a hosting service, the CEO supposedly gave a simple "yep" response from his iPhone. The MacRumors reader was worried at having to start fresh and made it clear in the feedback.
"I have invested a lot of time and effort and the thought of re-training sucks more than [MobileMe] ever did," he said.
The e-mail headers appeared to be legitimate.
iWeb wasn't significantly updated in the iLife '11 release and wasn't given any mention as part of the iCloud services, which focus on transparently spreading media between computers and devices. As such, the app is likely to be phased out without a direct host. Apple's move doesn't prevent users creating websites with iWeb since users can still publish to a folder, but it does prevent the streamlined uploading for officially hosted MobileMe sites.
The need for dedicated personal site hosting has declined in recent years with the advent of Facebook and, to a lesser extent, services like Flickr, Twitter, and others that streamline social updates and media sharing.