Apple Beefs Up MobileMe Service

Apple quietly updated its MobileMe service this week with improvements for Contacts, Calendar, Gallery, iDisk, and more.

The update for the online service improved performance when searching for through an address book with more than 1,000 contacts, exported vCards with multi-line addresses now properly import into the Mac-based Address Book application, and additional European phone number formats are now supported. Users can also sort To Do items by calendar or title, long event titles appear correctly in Month view, the Gallery's "Tell a friend" feature includes an updated email message, and the "Keep me logged in for two weeks" checkbox now works reliably.

iDisk file and folder names with Japanese characters now display properly on the Web, hosted iWeb pages now support additional domain suffixes, issues that prevented some members from renewing their subscription with a boxed MobileMe activation code have been resolved, and more.

MobileMe is priced at US$99 a year.