FORTUNE -- "Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?" Steve Jobs asked the team that created it shortly after a disastrous debut in 2008 that nearly ruined the launch of the iPhone 3G.
Having finally received a satisfactory answer, Jobs then asked (according to Adam Lashinsky's 2011 account in Fortune), "So why the fuck doesn't it do that?"
With that, Jobs started a four-year process that led, Saturday at midnight, to MobileMe's final demise.
Or nearly final. Having given users a full year's warning and reminded them repeatedly by e-mail to move their accounts to iCloud and find another home for their photo galleries, iDisk files and iWeb pages, Apple (AAPL) on Sunday extended the deadline one more time.
If you own a Mac that doesn't have the power or memory to support OS X Lion -- which you need to open an iCloud account -- you're out of luck. (See here for system requirements.)
Motorola Mobility (and Google) give Cupertino a taste of its own patent medicine
Following a loss three weeks ago in Germany's Mannheim Regional Court, Apple (AAPL) late Thursday informed German iPhone customers that e-mail would no longer be "pushed" to their phones -- BlackBerry style -- through their iCloud or MobileMe services.
Pending Apple's appeal, which could take months, iPhone users in Germany will have to retrieve their e-mail the old-fashioned way: by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 24, 2012 7:15 AM ET
In the transition to iCloud, which goes live next week, MobileMe is breaking down
Having trouble reading your e-mail? According to Apple's (AAPL) official system status page, 25% of MobileMe clients were unable to get their mail Friday morning. Untold others couldn't access their MobileMe applications or use Find My iPhone.
It's like an advertisement for Google's (GOOG) cloud services.
But it could be worse. A few hours earlier, according to MacRumors, MobileMe MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 30, 2011 5:50 AM ET
Confirms the demise of three online services. Offers instructions for saving your work
Steve Jobs' iCloud keynote speech on June 6 left a lot of unanswered questions, many of which Apple (AAPL) answered in an FAQ posted Friday. The highlights:
iWeb, Apple's web hosting service, is indeed disappearing on June 30, 2012. Instructions for moving to a new host are available here.
Photos and movies stored on a MobileMe Gallery will go away MORE
Joins a long sad list that includes AppleWorks, Hypercard, OpenDoc and Shake
If the e-mail to a MacRumors reader attributed to Steve Jobs is real -- and there is no reason to think it isn't -- Apple's CEO has confirmed with a "yep" what thousands of loyal Apple (AAPL) customers feared: The iWeb service that Apple has provided for building and hosting websites, blogs and podcasts since January 2006 will be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 13, 2011 2:00 PM ET
The sell-side analysts liked the show. The market, not so much.
With one exception (ahem, J.M.P.'s Alex Gauna), the analysts who follow Apple (AAPL) seemed to understand what the traders who drove Apple's shares down Monday $5.40 (1.57%) to $338.04 did not: The hundreds of improvements in its software ecosystem -- big and small -- that Apple announced Monday could, in the long run, sell more devices, convert more customers, and make MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 7, 2011 8:18 AM ET
The two-hour video is available here. It gives you a far better view of Monday's proceedings than was afforded most of the people -- including yours truly -- who were there. If Apple (AAPL) had provided it as a live webcast, it would have saved me a lot of typing.
Apple PR has also issued three press releases that cover the days' main developments.
Apple Introduces iCloud
New Version of iOS Includes Notification MORE
Apple's pre-announcements -- of Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud -- have only made things worse
I've never see the Apple (AAPL) cognoscenti quite so confused. They're all in town for the Worldwide Developers Conference that opens Monday at San Francisco's Moscone West -- the first one since 2007 that doesn't feature a new iPhone. And without that shiny piece of hardware to anchor their thoughts, they seem to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 6, 2011 3:29 AM ET
A veteran designer predicts that iCloud will be to MobileMe what the iPhone was to Apple's Newton
Kevin Fox spent three years in the 1990s writing software for the Newton, Apple's (AAPL) first, fumbling attempt to do what the iPhone finally achieved. He went on to design Yahoo's (YHOO) Chat and Messenger services and spent five years at Google (GOOG) where as the head of its user experience and research group MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 4, 2011 6:33 AM ET
From Steve Jobs down to the janitor: How America's most successful -- and most secretive -- big company really operates.
Apple doesn't often fail, and when it does, it isn't a pretty sight at 1 Infinite Loop. In the summer of 2008, when Apple launched the first version of its iPhone that worked on third-generation mobile networks, it also debuted MobileMe, an e-mail system that was supposed to provide the seamless MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - May 9, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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