MobileMe users running the iPhone OS 3.0 gold master copy are reporting that Find My iPhone, a new feature Apple announced at WWDC on Monday as part of MobileMe, is already up and running. Everything we've heard so far says that it works perfectly, just as they described in the keynote address. It's good to know it will be ready when the 17th rolls around, when it will be available to all users of GPS-capable iPhones with MobileMe accounts.
Lost amongst the other items yesterday was Apple's (silent) announcement of an iDisk application for MobileMe customers. The app will allow users to access files stored on their MobileMe iDisk from their iPhone or iPod touch. iWork and Microsoft Office documents, as well as PDFs, audio, and video can can all be opened using the app. Files can't be downloaded, although it does cache recently viewed documents. Files can also be shared from the app and public folders are available as well. When it's released, the iDisk app will be free.
An iPhone thief was caught after the stolen device synced to MobileMe. iPhone user Rob was at the dry cleaner's one day when his iPhone was stolen. His immediate reaction was to assume it was gone forever, and bought a new one that night. Much to his surprise, contacts started appearing on his new phone. The thief was entering the information of his closest friends onto the device, and MobileMe was syncing them to his new phone over-the-air.
After Apple's less than flattering stumble during and following the launch of MobileMe, they promised they would put their efforts into fixing it and making it as great as they hyped it to be. Yesterday they posted details on their most recent update to the service in late September.
Apple has released update v1.2 for their MobileMe control panel for Windows. The new version "provides better support for syncing a large number of contacts (more than 2,000) and prevents syncing of data between Microsoft Exchange Server and MobileMe, a configuration that is not supported." You can grab the update at Apple.com. [via TUAW]
Apple released the MobileMe control Panel 1.1 for Windows. The control panel is required for MobileMe users running Windows in order to enable sync with the computer. It also gives simple control over MobileMe iDisk for storing and sharing information with your online Me.com account. The update requires Windows XP or Vista, iTunes 8.0, and a MobileMe account. The new MobileMe Control Panel can be downloaded from Apple's site.
Apple, continuing to try and make up for what many have called a fiasco, in regards to the MobileMe launch; has offered an extension to its members today marking the second such extension in the past month and a half. MobileMe subscribers received an email today stating that they would receive a 60 day extension in addition to the already alloted 30 day extension offered late last month. Bringing the total extension to 90 days or 3 months.
MobileMe hasn't gone quite as well as everyone would have hoped it did, including Steve Jobs. He sent out an internal email to Apple employees yesterday evening in which he admitted that they had launched it too early and "not up to Apple's standards." The email notes MobileMe's current flaws and what they should have done to make for a better launch.
Apple announced yesterday that they have finally restored web email access to the 1% of users who have either gone without it or had limited access to it since July 18. According to their Mobile Me status page, they have "completed restoring Mail service, including historical messages, to all of the 1% of affected members."
Remember that time Apple was trying to push Safari on people updating their iTunes software? It looks like Apple is at it again. They just can't leave those Windows users alone. This time they're spamming them in the iTunes 7.7 update with an unwanted MobileMe control panel that gives the user the ability to open a MobileMe account. They're none too happy about it, either.