Apple Details Recent MobileMe Enhancements

Apple has posted a support document outlining a number of recent changes made to its MobileMe subscription service. Among the more significant changes are the ability to maintain rich text formatting when replying to or forwarding messages, the ability for iPhone and iPod touch users to search all messages (including those stored in the MobileMe "cloud"), and the ability to merge contacts and calendars during first sync with an iPhone or iPod touch.

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Mail
- Forwarding or replying to HTML (rich text) messages maintains the messages original formatting instead of converting it to plain text
- Unread message count is displayed next to inbox and each folder
- Resolves an issue where an email alias may not appear correctly in Mac OS X Mail
- On an iPhone or iPod touch, a user can search all messages including those stored on the Mobileme "cloud" (server). Search in the From, To, and Subject fields is supported (iPhone OS 3.0 required)

Gallery
- iPhone 3GS users can publish videos to a Gallery album
- If no Gallery albums exist, an album is automatically created when publishing a photo or video from iPhone (iPhone OS 3.0 is required)

iDisk
- Uploading to a Public folder with a web browser correctly shows completion status
- Resolves an issue where an email address may not be recognized as valid when using file sharing

Account
- Resolves an issue preventing the setup of some personal domains for iWeb hosting
- Resolves an issue preventing some expired accounts from being converted to Family Pack sub-accounts
- Active accounts with no upgrades can be converted to Family Pack sub-accounts

Push Contacts and Push Calendar
Note: iPhone OS 3.0 is required for these improvements.
- Option to merge existing contacts and calendars on first sync from iPhone/iPod touch
- Deleting a MobileMe account or turning off contact and calendar sync on iPhone/iPod touch allows users to keep a copy of the data on the device
- iPhone contacts that sync with MobileMe maintain ring tone associations