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MobileMe and pre Intel IMac

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Salix Calculating status...
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Feb 24, 2012 1:10 PM

I have an IMac PPC and have a MobileMe account. Will ICloud drop frozen precipitation over my IMac and prevent me from using my MobileMe account any more?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), IWeb 3.0.3
  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)
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    Feb 24, 2012 1:42 PM (in response to Salix)

    Get your winter woolies on, I don't think iCloud will let MM function after June 12th of this year.







  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,075 points)
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    Mar 2, 2012 9:22 AM (in response to Salix)

    Before you dump Mobileme, read this article thoroughly:

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,100 points)
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    Mar 2, 2012 10:26 AM (in response to Salix)

    The link quoted above assumes you are migrating with Lion.


    If you do not migrate before the end of June you will lose your email account. You can migrate your MobileMe account to iCloud at even with Leopard - when asked to confirm that you have Lion on your Mac, just lie and say 'yes'.


    If you have MobileMe mail set up to collect mail from external POP accounts you should cancel this before migrating, or you may find it still working in iCloud (where it isn't supposed to) and with no way of stopping it. You may find the MobileMe email settings will continue to work for a time after migrating but it will stop eventually so you should not rely on this. You should delete your MobileMe email account from Mail.


    You can then set up Mail manually in Leopard to access iCloud email; the process is described here:


    However you will not be able to access any of iCloud's other facilities including calendar & contacts syncing. You can access the iCloud web page at but your calendars and contacts will not be there: you can access your email there.


    There are a couple of third-party solutions which may be of interest.

    • BusyCal is an iCal-like calendar application with extra facilities: it can sync with the iCloud Calendar while running on Leopard, Snow Leopard or Lion. A single user licence (two machines allowed) is $49.99.
    • Soho Organizer can sync Calendars and Contacts with iCloud on Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion. A single user licence (multiple machines allowed) is $99.99.

  • joyf Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2012 8:06 AM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)

    Thanks, Roger, for some very useful advice. I've been a little put out with Apple leaving loyal customers out in the cold (I've been using their online service since it was dot mac). I don't mind so much having to upgrade my MacBookPro from Leopard to SL and then Lion (I bought the SL disk, though finding the time when I'm not in the middle of a critical project has been a problem), but I've been wondering what I might still be able to do with my G5 tower (PPC) when I'm forced to go to iCloud. It's an excellent machine despite its age and if I can get both email and a decent calendar sharing set up for it, it might get my daughter through middle school. Of course, we might also just switch over to Google calendar and gmail and other services if that seems simpler; it's certainly cheaper.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,075 points)
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    Mar 17, 2012 4:22 PM (in response to joyf)

    I hear you.  One of the key selling points of Mac OS 9, was free iTools.  That disappeared with dotMac as a free thing, and ever since then, it has forced people to keep up their operating system.  Before you consider Google, note their privacy policy has changed, and they are starting to charge for many of those services.  One that I found that still doesn't is   You may want to tinker with each and see what is best for you.


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