Apple is reportedly planning to shut down its iWeb web publishing and hosting service along with MobileMe as it prepares to launch its iCloud cloud based store, sync and streaming service.
A part of the iLife software suite, iWeb allowed Mac users to create and publish websites directly on Apple’s servers. Users were able to host websites created using iWeb via Mobile Me. Apple plans to close down the Mobile Me service as it moves to the iCloud service for Mac and iOS based devices.
When announcing the iCloud service last week, the company had vaguely mentioned that MobileMe will be shutting down at the end of June 2012. However, the company failed to elaborate on the closure of Mobile Me services.
According to an article on Mac Rumors, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has apparently confirmed that the iWeb will be shut down along with MobileMe.
An iWeb user emailed Jobs to inquire about the fate of iWeb. “Dear Mr. Jobs, Will I need to find an alternative website builder and someone to host my sites? I have invested a lot of time and effort and the thought of re-training sucks more than mobileme ever did,” the user asked.
Jobs acknowledged the truth in his question with a simple ‘Yep’. The company has yet to officially confirm whether it plans to shut down iWeb.