Apple has implemented new features and updates in its subscription based MobileMe cloud services. According to an official email sent out the MobileMe subscribers, the push feature has finally arrived back to the cloud. The Push functions automatically 'pushes' any changes made in native devices such as Mac, iPhone or iPod Touch to the MobileMe cloud. The Push function went missing since the shift from .Mac to MobileMe web applications.
After the launch of MobileMe, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs avoided mentioning the Push feature while talking about MobileMe. Recently, Apple sent out a fresh email to MobileMe subscribers indicating that Push feature is back with other new features. This is an excerpt from the mail sent:
Faster syncing with Mac and PC. Changes you make to contacts and calendars on your Mac (Address Book and iCal) or PC (Microsoft Outlook) are now automatically pushed up to the cloud every time you make an update. Likewise, changes you make on me.com, iPhone, or iPod touch are automatically pushed to your Mac or PC. As a result, your contacts and calendars update faster across all your devices. To take advantage of faster syncing, be sure you're running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 (Mac) or MobileMe Control Panel 1.3 (Windows).
New iDisk sharing feature allows MobileMe users to generate an email with the download link for a particular file shared. Users can even set a password and download expiry period in it.
Apparently, all the iPhone and iPod Touch owners having Firmware version 2.2 or higher running on their respective devices, will get more 'reliable' notifications and syncing. MobileMe Calendar has been enhanced along with other improvements in the web applications.
Apple pulled down the MobileMe service for maintenance and later came up with improvements in the service. Check this support article for details of the changes implemented.
Finally, iPhone users will heave a sigh of relief since the 'Push' notifications feature had been playing hide and seek with them.