Apple’s next-gen MobileMe Mail now in beta

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadApple has introduced the beta of an all new MobileMe Mail web application, and they’re asking you to try it and let them know what you think. You can sign up at by just logging in to MobileMe Mail and clicking “Request an invitation.” You will receive an email notification when you have been added to the beta and can start using it.

Here are some of the new features:

• Widescreen and compact views. When reading your mail at, the new widescreen view lets you see more of each message with less scrolling. Choose compact view to hide your folders or classic view to see more of your message list.

• Rules to keep your email organized everywhere. Mail rules help you reduce inbox clutter by automatically filing messages into folders you select ahead of time. Set them up at, and your rules organize your incoming email on the web and everywhere else — on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

• Single-click archiving. Click the Archive button and the selected message is quickly filed into the Archive folder where it’s always available for future reference.

• Formatting toolbar. You can create great-looking email messages using formatting buttons to bold or italicize text, change font color, insert images, and more. You can even create formatted web links to hide long URLs.

• Improved performance. Mail at loads your inbox and messages faster. And with interface refinements such as the ability to scroll through your entire inbox without having to manually click to load the next set of messages, you’ll be able to work more efficiently.

• Increased security with SSL. With the MobileMe Mail beta, accessing your email on the web is more secure than ever. Your inbox is protected to prevent anyone from eavesdropping on your webmail. As always, you receive SSL protection when you use your MobileMe Mail account on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

MobileMe Mail beta works best with Safari 4, Firefox 3.6, and Internet Explorer 8.

Apple looks forward to your feedback on the MobileMe Mail beta — you can tell them what you think by clicking the feedback link below your mail folders at

Source: Apple MobileMe News

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


  1. I moved my small business over to Google Apps. Cheaper than mobileme. It has worked well. Of course, I would prefer to give Apple my money, provided they can design a product that helps me, with competitive features at a competitive price.

  2. @Contrarian
    If the rumors about MobileMe going free come true is there some way you can adapt and return to the Apple product. I just think it is more seamless than the Google answer. But then again, don’t know what all you need.

  3. I’ve been testing the beta since mid April and I can say it’s a significant improvement over the old webmail but there’s still room for improvement. I guess I’m still covered by a confidentially agreement for a little while yet.

    It looks promising.

  4. I’m a bit baffled by an earlier post where someone says they want the colors on their calendar in iCal to sync with the iPhone. I’m not sure why that is a problem. I use MobileMe and my calendars (in various colors) sync flawlessly.

    As for the poster with the Exchange 2007 issues, I’m not sure of the cause. However, I do sync with Exchange 2007 and the only problem is that those calendars do not sync the colors from Outlook/Exchange. I recall one person having a problem with an older iPhone 3G. However, I sync with the 3Gs. So I’m not sure if that is an issue.

    Finally, I’m about to use a MacBook Pro as my primary office machine in a Windows/Exchange environment. Are there issues with using Mail?

  5. Contrarian said: “I would prefer to give Apple my money, provided they can design a product that helps me, with competitive features at a competitive price.”
    There’s a huge problem, there. Apple has to guess which features are most helpful to the most people, then add in a few features that won’t really help too many too much but which a great many think the need. Then there’s the price bit … how much is it worth to you to a) not have ads, b) not have malware and c) get decent integration. Not saying Google distributes malware, just have to hit the major concerns for most groups of services.
    I think MobileMe is fine and well worth the price. I may well go back to the WebMail now – if the formatting is up to the Mail standard. I’m still using several of the “benefits” gained through this program and would be lost without the “special music” library.

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