Well I have finally got round to trying out MobileMe and like a lot of things recently released my Apple it appears great in theory but the actuality is a different story!!!
Now I don’t have a iPhone running V2 yet so that bit I can’t comment on, but both Sands and I have .me accounts and we both have a Mac desktop and a Notebook, so MobileMe should be great for us.
All our emails are set up as IMAP as well.
Now Stevie clearly stated that MobileMe was ‘push’ technology – using it’s Cloud to store information online and push it to various devices. Hmmmm – bit of an exaggeration there Steve wasn’t it?
Now I am not techie but as I understand it IMAP is actually pull technology right? It may appear as push technology but as I understand it the emails are actually pulled by polling the server every minute. A minor point you may argue? Yes, but still an inaccuracy I will retort!
Now where the push technology seems to work just fine is if I make changes to my address book, calendar etc online on my .me account (when it is working that is but that is another – woeful – story in its own right). In these instances the changes do seem to get pushed pretty much straight away down to the Mac’s – cool!
Not so good though when I make the changes on the Mac. In these instances I still need to wait for .me to do a sync with the Mac! Now if you have your sync settings set to every week, day or even hour that is going to produce some time lag, and in no way matches my understanding of ‘push’. Even when set to Automatic I think it is hard to claim that it is push technology, as to date I have been less than impressed.
I love the notion and the theory, and the marketing as usual was exceptional – but when it comes to actually using it ………….
I still love Apple and would recommend to anyone, but I think it is about time that they stopped treating us like idiots and we stopped treating them like God!!