Apple’s MobileMe Under Maintenance, New Version Launch Soon

February 25, 2011, By Leo Xavier

MobileMe, the subscription-based collection of online services offered by Apple via the Apple Store since a long time, is no longer available for purchase. Currently, Apple has stopped offering MobileMe through its online and retail stores from Feb 24th onwards. The MobileMe retail boxes are also no more available from Apple retail outlets.

Apple is said to have pulled down the service, to re-launch it in a new version – something that Steve Jobs had promised earlier. There are unconfirmed reports that the $99 MobileMe product may be offered free-of-charge via the Apple Store after the re-launch.

The present users of MobileMe were notified that the site will be unavailable for half an hour tonight due to maintenance work. The web-based applications of MobileMe may not be available for access to users during that time. However, it is not yet clear if the services will be restored soon.

Apple started offering a service similar to MobileMe in the name iTools on January 5, 2000, but it got the name MobileMe in 2008 after a series of renovations. However, we guess pulling down the service at a point very close to the iPad2 launch on March 2nd, could be a clue that we may be able to get happier stuff on that day.

Well, we are not sure on that, but remember, Steve Jobs has promised us that the MobileMe update will hit back this year itself.

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