Apple adds improvements to updated MobileMe service; price tag remains $99 per year

Apple MobileMe Internet ServiceApple has debuted several MobileMe improvements and additions:

New navigation on Me.com
Now when you go to me.com you’ll see two persistent navigation features at the top of every page: a cloud icon on the left, and your name on the right. Clicking the cloud icon (or using the key combination of Shift-Esc) opens a new application switcher which lets you move to any other MobileMe web application from the one you’re currently using. Clicking your name on the right opens a menu you can use to visit your account settings, access help, or sign out.

New MobileMe Mail now available to all members
The all-new MobileMe Mail at me.com is now out of beta and available to all members.

Here’s a summary of what’s new in the Mail web application, including a couple of new features Apple has added since the beta went live:

• Widescreen and compact views. When reading your mail at me.com, 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 me.com, 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.
• Faster performance. Mail at me.com 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 MobileMe Mail, 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.
• Support for external email addresses (new since the beta). Reading all your email in one place is easy with MobileMe Mail. You can receive email from another service by having the email forwarded to your me.com address.* And when you reply to a message using webmail, you can choose to send it from the address it was sent to, or from your MobileMe account.
• Improved junk mail filtering (new since the beta). MobileMe Mail places suspected spam messages directly in the Junk folder. If you see an email that you actually want, click the “Not Junk” button on me.com. MobileMe moves the message to your Inbox and makes sure that messages from that sender are not sent to your Junk folder again.
• To use the new MobileMe Mail, just sign in to your account at me.com.

Find My iPhone app now available

The Find My iPhone app is now available as a free download from the App Store.

If you lose your iPhone or iPad while on the go, simply install the Find My iPhone app on any other iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to find it. Sign in with your member name and password to locate your missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. You can even remotely lock the missing device to protect your privacy, or wipe it to permanently delete all of your data if you think that it won’t be returned. The app will automatically sign you out after 15 minutes of inactivity or you can manually sign out at any time.

In addition to the new app, the Find My iPhone web application on me.com now displays your device location on a full-screen map. Simply click the device on the map to reveal the full set of Find My iPhone actions.

To download the new Find My iPhone app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, visit the App Store. To use Find My iPhone on your Mac or PC, go to me.com/find. As a reminder, be sure to set up MobileMe and Find My iPhone on all the devices you want to locate.

More info via Apple’s MobileMe News here.

[Attribution: The Register. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]

62 Comments

  1. @JIm Lynch

    Apple doesn’t pay for it’s service by placing ads on every one of it’s service’s web pages. That’s how the big Goog makes theirs free.

  2. @Yawn

    You do save $30 when purchasing mobile me with an iPhone. I’m not currently a subscriber, but i will get mobile me (with the discount) when I pick up my iphone 4 on Thursday. The family plan is a great deal if you have 2 or more iPhones.

  3. You can by mobileme packs from Amazon for $67 for single and $99 for Family from Amazon and use them to renew, saving $33 to $50, just activate the code in the box to extend your membership and save.

  4. I just want push email, calendaring and contacts for my iPhone. Google and Yahoo let me have it for free; as soon as Apple does I’ll switch.

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