Rumour: Apple's iCloud codenamed "Castle" to succeed MobileMe

Once upon a time, Apple users had .Mac for their cloud computing needs. It wasn't known as the "cloud" at the time, but it had the staples of synchronizing data with the cloud - email, calendars, bookmarks, and personal web space. Following the rise of the iPhone and the iPod touch, MobileMe took over .Mac in July 2008, and in addition it extended bits of the service to Windows users. Now that we're hearing a few whispers of a new music locker for iTunes and additional cloud-enabled features for Mac OS X Lion, it may be time for a new name and a fresh start for this service. Is it "iCloud?" After all, a few days ago a site named iCloud switched their name to "CloudMe."

The answer: maybe. But we do know what it's known as for now during Lion's development: "Castle."


According to a French blog Consomac (via TUAW), the name Castle was discovered while they were sifting though developer builds of Lion, finding evidence of both the iCloud name and a "Find My iPhone/iPod touch" equivalent for Macs. The most telling string is for a button to "complete your upgrade from MobileMe to Castle."

We should know more about iCloud next month at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. In particular, would MobileMe users have to change their @me.com email addresses again, after doing it once for @mac.com?

Update: As pointed out in the comments, "Castle" is the codename, not the product name.


Image Credit: Consomac

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I like mobileme, family pack is worth any penny since it gives you a personal email account, and it's also quite swish (@me.com). I'd say for £8.99 (the price of my account for a year / family pack was on offer as well), It's been worth it, even though find my iPhone is now free, the cloud sharing system has already become useful a couple of times (although I've got CloudApp, which does the same but free). I'm looking forward to the changes, and hope it improves the service for those who don't find it worth there time. + Support is VERY good, they are very helpful and solves problems fast, they can also act as a helper on your apple product (I did this once for a ipod, via their live chat, and they solved it, maybe not the best answer to go on MobileMe's live support, but it was instant replies, and It didn't hurt to try )

Yeah, the castle name just sounds like an internal thing. The bit about them buying iCloud is quite new isn't it? So I'd guess they have been using an internal name until they were sure about being able to call it that.

Castle sounds like a code name, it has nothing to do with any other apple product or name. iCloud is more likely because it sounds like an apple product. No company would throw away years of corporate identity for what is essentially an accessory for their existing products.

MacRumors is saying that 'Castle' is just an internal codename and will change to iCloud by the time Lion is released.

They wouldn't buy icloud.com for $4.5 million and then not use the name, would they?

what said,
MacRumors is saying that 'Castle' is just an internal codename and will change to iCloud by the time Lion is released.

They wouldn't buy icloud.com for $4.5 million and then not use the name, would they?

I would have loved to have owned that domain and have Apple offer me that much for it. Imagine buying it on a whim for £12 a year and then being offered that amount!

what said,
MacRumors is saying that 'Castle' is just an internal codename and will change to iCloud by the time Lion is released.

It's not just MacRumors, Consomac and TUAW both suggest Castle is likely to be the codename. It's a shame that the author failed to present all the information he may, or may not, have read in the source article(s).

what said,
MacRumors is saying that 'Castle' is just an internal codename and will change to iCloud by the time Lion is released.

They wouldn't buy icloud.com for $4.5 million and then not use the name, would they?

Hmm, you're right. I missed that bit at the bottom. I'll adjust the title accordingly. Sorry about that!

Pauleh said,
I would have loved to have owned that domain and have Apple offer me that much for it. Imagine buying it on a whim for £12 a year and then being offered that amount!

Nowing Apple, they would... they're the masters when it comes to waiting money.

Manish said,

It's not just MacRumors, Consomac and TUAW both suggest Castle is likely to be the codename. It's a shame that the author failed to present all the information he may, or may not, have read in the source article(s).
It's pure speculation.