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updated 03:00 am EDT, Tue August 2, 2011

iCloud website was briefly open to MobileMe users

(Update: now closed to all but developers) Apple held a surprise for the later part of the day on Monday by launching for developers as a beta. The pages take on many of the non-media tasks of MobileMe but use a visually much richer interface made to look both like iOS as well as the skeuomorphic (real-world analogy) calendar and contact interfaces of Lion. Most of these, such as Find My iPhone or iWork, usually need settings switched on in MobileMe.

The Mail web app is clearly running on the assumption that users either already have MobileMe or are using yet to be released versions of iOS or Lion. "To use iCloud Mail, create an email address by turning on Mail in your iCloud settings using iOS or OS X," it says.

Only those registered as developers have access, since they should have pre-release access to test builds of Lion and iOS 5 that can talk directly to iCloud.

Apple has also slipped out pricing for iCloud beyond the free 5GB for the first time. While basic services are free, members who need an extra 10GB can pay $20 per year. Doubling capacity again with an extra 20GB (25GB total) costs $40 per year, and 50GB of added space (55GB total) will cost $100 per year.

Update: Apple has closed off access beyond the home screen to only those with Apple Developer accounts. Limited access was available earlier Monday for MobileMe members and others with Apple IDs, but attempts to access the site now result in an iOS-style pop-up warning: "Your Apple ID is Not an iCloud Developer Account," it reads. "The Beta is only available to developers."

By Electronista Staff


  1. charlituna

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    makes sense

    get all the current mobile me folks switched over and some of the kinks worked out before you bring in tons more

  1. chas_m



    Odd pricing

    The extra 10GB and 20GB options are good bargains, but the 50GB option seems designed to discourage consumers from taking that option. You would think they'd offer that for $75-80 tops.

  1. TigerN28763

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    Joined: Nov 1999



    I keep getting error "OS X Lion or iOS 5 Not Found" yet I'm using Lion on my Mac and have the latest of everything.on my 3 month old MacBook Air 13".

    I guess it does not work so well. I'm using the user/password that I've used since the early 1990s.

  1. Bogartte

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    Joined: Jun 2000


    No use for iCloud

    Right now, I am hosting my website on MobileMe, on iDisk. It's really the only use I have for iDisk, aside from contacts, email. From what I have read on the Apple site, I will no longer be able to store my html files, and images associated with my website(??) Nice move, Apple.

  1. facebook_Andrew

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    comment title

    there are so many different places that will host for free... web hosting was not a resource that was useful for most of the apple community, so it is understandable it is being cut for the rest of iCloud. it does suck, I have been using it as well but from a business stand point it makes sense. other companies have done much worse and at least they are giving warning far enough ahead to be able to make sure those customers can go some place else for hosting.

  1. MyRightEye

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    MERGE Apple IDs

    I have 2 Apple IDs, but they refuse to let us merge them. This is fn stupid.

  1. legacyb4

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    Joined: May 2001


    developers only

    just tried logging in and was promptly shown the exit because i'm not a developer...

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Well, MacNN, which one is it?

    "goes live for all" or "Only those registered as developers have full access" - which one is it, dear editors? Please pick one.

  1. facebook_Trademark

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    Similar Story

    Apple's iCloud website went live Monday but only as a "beta" version and is only available for existing MobileMe customers with the Mac OS X on their desktops and notebooks.

    The iCloud service allows users to share data across multiple Apple devices and over the Internet. It was announced earlier this year in June but there was no word when it will actually become available over the web. On Monday Apple allowed developers their first taste of the home of the service's web applications.

  1. ggirton

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    Joined: Nov 1999


    Lion users

    You have to have the developer version of Lion for it to work ... duh!

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