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iCloud taking over in the Fall, MobileMe not shutting down until June, 2012. Huh?

During Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, CEO Steve Jobs was describing the new iCloud service and took a jab at the previous iOS syncing service, the problematic MobileMe.

Jobs asked: "Why should I believe them? They're the ones that brought me MobileMe!" Met with some hardy laughter, he went on to say "it wasn't our finest hour" and "as of today, this product ceases to exist."

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I'm a MobileMe account holder and tonight I received an email introducing iCloud that also said my MobileMe subscription would be extended until June 30, 2012 at no extra charge. Huh? How can I receive an extension to a service that Jobs said no longer exists? And even if it does still exist when iCloud launches, why would anyone want to use it? The iCloud service is free and looks to be ten times better than MobileMe ever was.

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My MobileMe subscription renewed in January for $99 so what I'd like to know is can I cancel it now and get a partial refund? Or when iCloud launches can I get a partial refund then? It sure seems like Apple has not completely worked out these details so stay tuned for more on this.

[Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011 10:07pm]

    

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