Apple releases stealth MobileMe updates

Apple Software MobileMe“Apple has updated its MobileMe web service software, but hasn’t noted the update in its MobileMe news blog or otherwise notified subscribers of the new changes outside of an article on the company’s support site,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

“The ‘late-September 2008 MobileMe update’ support article is listed as being last modified October 29, but it’s not clear when it was originally published,” McLean reports.

“Additional updates to MobileMe are expected, including the advertised but still not yet delivered feature of uploading files from Mail to the service for download rather than as email attachments,” McLean reports.

Full article here.

From Apple’s “About the Late-September 2008 MobileMe update” (HT3182):

Apple is always working to improve MobileMe. Since MobileMe is primarily a server-side, or “cloud”-based, service, the MobileMe team can make improvements and push updates to MobileMe without any action being required of MobileMe customers. Since server-side updates are a bit more innocuous than a standard software update to Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows, it’s easy not to notice that updates are occurring. Usually the only hint of these updates is that things just “work better.”

Products Affected: MobileMe

All MobileMe Services
• Improves localization for MobileMe web applications
• Improves membername suggestions when attempting to sign up for a membername that is already taken

MobileMe Mail
• Resolves an issue when attempting to Reply All to some messages
• Resolves several issues with Keyboard Shortcuts not behaving as expected
• Resolves an issue in which a message was not removed from Drafts after being sent
• Improves performance in Internet Explorer 7
• Improves page title when you only have one message in a mailbox
• Improves performance when Junk Mail filtering is enabled
• Resolves an issue where attempting to add contacts from MobileMe mail was not working
• Improves performance when first logging into MobileMe Mail
• Provides a “loading” graphic to indicate that messages are still being loaded instead of a blank page

MobileMe Account
• Improves accuracy of the MobileMe data transfer details
• Addresses an inaccuracy of used storage in a Group iDisk
• Improves storage allocation menu for family pack sub-accounts
• Clicking Logout from Account now fully logs you out of MobileMe

MobileMe Calendar
• Improves calendar performance with reoccurring events
• Improves International time zone handling
• Improves performance in Mozilla Firefox 3 when switching views
• Resolves an issue in which event editors would only partially display in some browsers, requiring a refresh
• Improves performance with a large number of To Do items
• Improves reliability when first loading MobileMe Calendar

MobileMe Contacts
• Re-enables the ability to export vCards from MobileMe contacts
• Improves performance with Internet Explorer 7
• Improves reliability when first loading MobileMe Contacts

MobileMe Gallery
• Improves experience when viewing Galleries on an iPhone/iPod touch
• Resolves an issue where some buttons were not fully displaying in Firefox 3
• Editing a photo’s information in

will now correctly update the photo on

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]


  1. Amazon has MobileMe listed for 50% off. You have to buy it from a third party seller, but for $49.99 it sounds like a good deal. After getting 5 months trial for free, $55 with shipping looks pretty good for 17 months service.

  2. @bon, I completely agree. I have the full boat subscription to MobileMe, but it maxes out at 60gb I believe. SugarSync works very well for me, and is nearly invisible. At home, on the Mini with the big fisplay, I work on the same files as at the office, and on the road.

  3. “Amazon has MobileMe listed for 50% off”

    Is that 50% of your mail gets through? or 50% of the time it works? or 50% of the time Apple is apologizing for it?

    I can see why they’d be trying to fix this pig stealthily. I expect a public announcement when it comes out of beta.

    They’ll probably have to name it MobileMojave or something else new to escape the stigma of the MobileMe brand.

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