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iOS 6 Features: Apple Gives iCloud Users New Email Addresses

After three weeks of iOS 6 Beta 2, Apple finally released the third beta of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. One of the first things to catch our eyes was that Apple has made the first step toward transitioning its users from the older me.com email addresses to the brand new icloud.com. Obviously Beta 3 comes with tons of improvements, and we were impressed by how stabile this version of iOS 6 is at this stage.

Apple iOS 6 iCloud.com email address
We kind of liked the @me.com email address, but that’s old news now, as Apple decided to discontinue MobileMe in preference for the popular iCloud as of the end of June. Right now, both me.com and icloud.com email addresses are active, but with a later update of iOS 6 beta 4/iOS 6 GM Apple will likely lose the me.com email address.

Here is what Apple says in its iOS 6 Beta 3 release notes:

When creating an iCloud account, you can use any email based Apple ID, or you can use your existing iCloud account. If you had a MobileMe account that you have not yet moved to iCloud, you must move it first by visiting http://me.com. Moving to iCloud is only available for a limited time. iCloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.

Old mac users are already familiar with how transitioning works at Apple. A couple years ago, when the Cupertino company launched its MobileMe service, users were informed about the existence of a new @me.com email address, which they received in favor of their previously used @mac.com version. As Macrumors points out, these users could both send and receive email messages with either accounts just like now with iOS 6.

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