Here’s how Apple’s service works with the client software on desktop Macs and PCs and on the i Phone.Inside Mobile Me: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push Inside Mobile Me: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push Inside Mobile Me: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, Black Berry, Google Inside Mobile Me: i Phone Mail Inside Mobile Me: i Phone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar Inside Mobile Me: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push Mobile Me on the Mac desktop To synchronize with the cloud’s push messaging services in Mobile Me, specialized desktop software is required.August 9th, 2008 Prince Mc Lean, Apple Insider Mobile Me is advertised as push messaging service, so some users were disappointed to find that some desktop updates may take as long as fifteen minutes to find their way up to the cloud.However, the service does also support push IMAP email as well as full desktop push updates from the cloud, at least on Mac OS X.Mac OS X’s Sync Services uses a central “sync engine” that maintains a “truth database.” This allows multiple devices, applications, and online services to plug into the service to share and sync data.An app with new data pushes its updates to the engine, which syncs the changes to its truth database.Other applications can then request updates from the truth database.
On the Mac, Apple talks to Mac OS X’s Sync Services to sync to the cloud, and configuration is done through System Preferences’ Mobile Me pane, which replaces the former . The only visible difference (apart from updated branding) is that Mobile Me can now be set to ‘automatically’ sync bookmarks, calendar events, contacts as well as other data designed to sync with .
Mac, such as Dashboard widgets, Dock icons, Keychains, Mail account settings, rules, and signatures, Notes, and System Preferences (below).
Microsoft also includes Mac OS X Sync Services support (and therefore Mobile Me sync support) in the Mac version of Office, so users of Entourage can keep their calendar and contacts up to date with everything on the Mobile Me cloud as well.
And of course any other application that either keeps its own data in sync with Sync Services, or directly uses the Mac OS X Address Book or i Cal’s event data pool will also be stay updated with the Mobile Me cloud and the devices it pushes updates to, including both the i Phone and i Pod touch.
The Mobile Me cloud also enables multiple Mac OS X systems to sync their local data with each other.