iOS 6 beta 3 was not only about bug fixes and improvements after all. In the change log Apple has notified developers that from now on every user who signs up for a new Apple ID or enable mail on his or her iCloud account will get a @iCloud email address instead of @me.com. Currently this will only take effect in iOS 6 beta 3, that is now available for download. Those who already have @me.com address will get @iCloud addresses matching their current email Apple address if they use it with iOS 6 beta 3. For example if your current email address is email@example.com, you will automatically get 123@iCloud.com.
Initially developers who are testing iOS 6 beta 3 won’t be able to send emails using their @icloud.com email addresses from iCloud.com, for this they will have to sign in using beta.icloud.com site, that is also exclusive to devs testing iOS 6.
When creating an iCloud account, you can use any email based Apple ID, or you can use your existing iCloud account. If you had a MobileMe account that you have not yet moved to iCloud, you must move it first by visitinghttp://me.com. Moving to iCloud is only available for a limited time. Logging into a MobileMe account is not supported in iOS 6.
- icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.
- icloud.com email cannot be sent from www.icloud.com. Users should use http://beta.icloud.com at this time if they wish to send email from their icloud.com address using a web browser.
After fully retiring MobileMe, it looks like Apple is finally getting rid of the old @me.com domain that was associated with MobileMe service, and is now making iCloud.com even more mainstream.