Bait and Switch: Apple throws MobileMe and Snow Leopard under the bus

It’s over

Russ Imrie July 1, 2012

Today Apple dumps the synching system (mail, contacts, images, etc.) the Mobile Me platform made convenient in a seamless system among devices.

But in a scheme to get many thousands of loyal Mac users to buy expensive new equipment, perfectly fine hardware has been rendered unusable with the now mandatory Apple iCloud system.

First off, please submit a comment to Apple – enough 10.6 Snow Leopard users do so and we can get a change.

IF you move to Lion 10.7 you can migrate to new iCloud, with similar capabilities. BUT Lion won’t run on my excellent MacBook. My iPhone (4) upgraded to iOS 5 making iCloud something I could set up—with caveats.

I prefer my Snow Leopard 10.6.x (SL) with the apps and hardware set up. Originally I chose Apple/Mac/iPhone because of their ease of use and rock/solid integration. If Apple adds complexity (as a tactic to push hardware), this renders my hardware unusable and weaponizes Apple’s motivations. Not good.

You have no choice about the migration even though all you can use are Mail and Find My Phone with SL.

But contacts? not so much. Thanks Apple!

A workaround is to synch your Mac and Phone (use Google Exchange option in mail setup) with Google contacts or synch phone to Mac with the good ol’ USB cable and iTunes.

But one miserable, unnecessary, frustrating step at a time.

Contacts are solid gold for me—how about you?This gives you a “cloud” backup that stays in synch with your Mac.

Let’s hope
that after this frenzy and strategic orphaning is done an update to 10.6 will emerge to help keep my Apple apps Apple!

Sent from Russ’s iPhone

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area.

Copyright © forever by Russell Imrie


1. My earlier blog on evolving social networking and its political power 2. on the blogging phenomenon and classic [print] journalism. This is to say nothing about social networking. I tweet @tweedyBard.

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