Details of iCloud, particularly over any potential web apps, have remained murky at best since Steve Jobs introduced the service at WWDC last week. Yesterday Joshua Topolsky of This Is My Next obtained what seemed to be a confirmation that web apps would not be offered with iCloud as they were with MobileMe:
Let’s be clear about what happens when iCloud goes live – according to what was described on stage at the event, and what I’ve confirmed with Apple PR –the service will effectively replace the current web offerings of MobileMe. That means that when the cutoff date of June 30, 2012 comes around for users, the web-based email client, calendar, contacts app, and other components of the web suite will cease to exist.
This drew a sceptical response from many, a post by John Gruber is representative of that scepticism, and today MacRumors seems to have found that Apple is actually porting iCloud to at least some of the MobileMe web apps. One of their readers sent themselves a Calendar invitation in iOS 5 and received a link to the iCloud.com domain. The above image illustrates what was linked to – and identical page to the current MobileMe invitations system (visually at least) except that was on the iCloud.com domain and had some iCloud branding at the bottom of the page.
It seems reasonable that Apple is working on at least some level of web support for the iCloud components but as usual they won’t confirm anything that they aren’t ready to talk about. If you wanted some more convincing of the reader’s screenshot jump over to this iCloud.com link and see for yourself.
Update: Well-sourced Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple at The Loop says iCloud will have a web interface, with Apple saving some interesting tidbits for iCloud’s public launch this Fall:
As for Josh’s Apple PR confirmation. The only thing I can think of is that there was some kind of misunderstanding. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber says Topolsky is making a “bad assumption.” That sounds about right to me.
Of this, I am sure — Apple will have a Web-based interface for iCloud. In fact, I expect an even cooler interface than the latest updates we saw with MobileMe calendar and email.