Apple To Release Updated Free MoblieMe In April?

Apple is apparently planning on launching a revamped free version of its MobileMe service next month, with the old version to be phased out within a year, a report has claimed.

Citing a source within a 'major educational institution', iLounge reports that Apple is offering students a 60-day trial of its MobileMe service in order to cover the gap between now and the launch of the new MobileMe version.

The revamped service, which will be free of charge, is going to be different from the existing MobileMe service and Apple is planning on offering one year's support to existing MobileMe customers.

Apple, which has already removed the $99 MobileMe service from its online and offline stores, had confirmed during its annual shareholders meeting that it was on the verge of opening a 500,000-square-foot data center in North Carolina for iTunes and MobileMe.

The company has been rumoured for some time to be preparing an online cloud-based locker service, that would let users store their data including music, video and photos and to access them from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

A german website, macerkopf.de (in German), claimed to have reliable information that Apple is planning to unveil the new version of MobileMe at an event in California in April, along with the latest version of its iOS sytem software.