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MobileMe Upgrade / iCal Issues

If you don’t use (and don’t plan to use) MobileMe to sync your calendars, move along. Nothing to see here. If you use a me.com address as your primary email, you can also move along.

If, however, like me you don’t use a me.com address as your primary email, know this before upgrading to the new MobileMe calendar (which you’ll need to do by May 5 if you want to keep syncing calendars between devices):

  • You won’t be able to use iCal to edit events you created in iCal prior to the upgrade. You’ll only be able to edit them on the MobileMe site.
    • You WILL be able to edit events you create in iCal after the upgrade. Just not the ones you’d made previous to the upgrade.
  • Invitations for events you create in iCal after you upgrade will come from your me.com address. There is no option, currently, to have them come from an external (i.e. non me.com) address. So if you send meeting invites, the invitations will come from, and the responses will go to, your me.com address.

Here are my specific issues with the above:

  1. No forewarning from Apple that this might be an issue during the upgrade. It took 90 minutes on the phone , including escalation to a senior MobileMe advisor, to figure out why I was unable to edit events in iCal after the upgrade.
  2. No ability to give edit rights on a shared calendar to a non-MobileMe address (which would, in theory, resolve the edit issue above). Calendars can be shared with non-MobileMe addresses, but only on a read-only basis.
  3. No option to have calendar invites come from a non-MobileMe address going forward. This is not ideal for those of us who want work-related meeting invitations to come from our work email addresses, or who prefer to keep our me.com addresses private.

These things aren’t the end of the world, but they are irritating, particularly for a service for which Apple charges $100 per annum. If they irritate you as much as they irritate me, please join me in making your feelings known to Apple. If enough people have these issues, perhaps they’ll be persuaded to make some changes going forward.

Have you encountered these or other issues with the MobileMe upgrade? Let me know in the comments.

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