MobileMe Chokes After iPhone OS 3.0 Update

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Apple's MobileMe service began experiencing performance lags, and on some cases failed to load, after the highly anticipated iPhone OS 3.0 update was released on Wednesday afternoon. MobileMe seemed to have the most trouble loading the Find My iPhone page -- presumably as users tried to test the feature with freshly updated iPhones.

Instead of seeing their settings when accessing the MobileMe online accounts page, many users saw a message saying "MobileMe Account is currently unavailable." The Account page is where MobileMe subscribers go to access the new Find My iPhone feature.

Find My iPhone is a new feature for iPhone OS 3.0 users that displays their iPhone's physical location on a map, and also lets them send a message to the phone, play a tone, and remotely erase their data if the device is lost or stolen.

The accessibility issues are likely a temporary problem and will subside once fresh iPhone updaters finish trying out the feature, which is probably a good indicator that users should try to avoid losing their handheld over the next few hours.

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Lee Dronick

Yes, I had trouble getting to my “Account” pane , but could read mail. Then on my iPhone I could not get “Find My iPhone” to turn on. I will let things settle a bit before I panic.


MobileMe isn’t the only site having trouble. The iTunes Store is not responding either. Everyone must be trying to get the iPhone OS 3.0 Update. Guess I’ll wait a few days.

Lee Dronick

Find My iPhone now works for “me.” I have on of the first accounts, a .mac account and was using the that TLD for my email address. On the iPhone I deleted my .mac email account and created a new one using .me, that did the trick. I tried the feature and the map on MobileMe showed my phone at my address. Nice feature.


Ditto. It seems to be working fine now though. Find my phone is either incredibly cool or totally creepy-I haven’ decided which yet.

Lee Dronick

Flag????Quote ?? James said on June 17th, 2009 at 4:04 PM:
Ditto. It seems to be working fine now though. Find my phone is either incredibly cool or totally creepy-I haven? decided which yet.

Find My iPhone could be used to track somebody if it was turned on and someone had the MobileMe login and password. And I suppose one could hack it. However, you could by tracking devices at a spy store, legalities not withstanding.

I have a friend who always seems to lose her phone. She may leave at work or at a friends or someplace. In those cases you can’t call the phone listen for a ring lik you can do if you know for sure that it is the house.

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