Apple To Launch MobileMe At 6PM July 9th
Apple has announced that their new MobileMe service will launch on July 9th at 6PM (Pacific Time), just before the sales of the first iPhone 3Gs in New Zealand on July 10th at 5AM Pacific Time. The new service will be including web-based email, calendar, address book, photo gallery and storage capabilities, as well as “Push” sync services to between the cloud, desktop, and iPhone/iPod touch.
The following is their service status update that appears when you currently log into .Mac, which outlines the MobileMe launch on July 9th:
7/9/2008, 6pm-12am PT
As part of the MobileMe launch, www.mac.com will be taken offline at 6pm PT on Wednesday, July 9th.
Members will be unable to access www.mac.com or any .Mac services during this time with the exception of .Mac Mail accessed via a desktop application, iPhone, or iPod touch.
MobileMe will be available as soon as possible during this maintenance window.
It is also anticipated that the new version of iTunes will most likely be showing up around this time (although rumors pointed to some time closer to the 11th).
MobileMe costs $99/year in the U.S., but will be available for $69 with the purchase of an iPhone 3G on July 11th.