Steve Jobs: iWeb and MobileMe site hosting are dead

Following Apple's iCloud announcement, MobileMe users were left in the dark about the fate of some of its features. While most of MobileMe's offerings, such as Find My iPhone, have made the jump, other features like website hosting went without a mention. An email from Steve Jobs, however, appears to confirm that both MobileMe website hosting and the iWeb site building software are now dead.

According to MacRumors, one concerned user decided to email the Apple boss to receive a straight answer. Although the legitimacy of the email is uncertain, the rumours website claims to have examined the mail headers and believes them to be real. The message reads:

Q: 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.

A: Yep.

Sent from my iPhone

iWeb was released in 2006 and received criticism for its slow loading times of websites and lack of an HTML editor. The last update was in 2009, and many speculated that it would be cut from the iLife '11 package. Though it was included, iWeb '11 was identical to iWeb '09. Users will now need to seek out an alternative for website building, a few of which have made the jump to Apple's Mac App Store.

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Well hold on a minute, so Apple decide that their Iweb tool is so sh*t, there going to stop providing it.. that bloody annoys me after Apple are the cause of the html5 vs flash issue. Flash has always been good, and its used in billions of websites.. just because apples products cant seem to run it properly they want to cut it.. if they want to cut flash then they should be providing a tool that can code sites in html5. COMPLETE JOKE APPLE

nitroxhotshot said,
Well hold on a minute, so Apple decide that their Iweb tool is so sh*t, there going to stop providing it.. that bloody annoys me after Apple are the cause of the html5 vs flash issue. Flash has always been good, and its used in billions of websites.. just because apples products cant seem to run it properly they want to cut it.. if they want to cut flash then they should be providing a tool that can code sites in html5. COMPLETE JOKE APPLE

Plenty of crap on the App Store is buggy and poorly coded.

The whole "Flash is a rescource hog" is purely down to the fact Apple doesn't want people developing "Free" flash based games via the App Store that could take away their monopoly over development.

Darth Radeon said,
Down with Steve Jobs and Apple Inc.

....but what is the alternative if I want good apps on my phone and tablet.

acnpt said,

....but what is the alternative if I want good apps on my phone and tablet.

Windows is not only a alternative but a real choice.

Jenson said,
I hate the one word answers this idiot gives, if he doesnt have time to reply then refer it to an assistant that does.

++Jenson

AKLP said,

++Jenson

He prob receives about a million of these a day. If it is him replying (unlikely) then their lucky tbh. Especially as they seem to be replied to on an iphone which isn't the quickest of typing medium. One word answers and short answers are prob all he has time to write it's probably best he doesn't bother.

I would suspect most of them aren't legitimate

Unplugged said,

He prob receives about a million of these a day. If it is him replying (unlikely) then their lucky tbh. Especially as they seem to be replied to on an iphone which isn't the quickest of typing medium. One word answers and short answers are prob all he has time to write it's probably best he doesn't bother.

I would suspect most of them aren't legitimate


Then dont answer them, it makes him come across as arrogant and disinterested. They must have an assistant that filters out all the 'crap' emails i dont think just anyone can email jobs, that assistant could just forward all those emails to customer support.

Jenson said,

Then dont answer them, it makes him come across as arrogant and disinterested. They must have an assistant that filters out all the 'crap' emails i dont think just anyone can email jobs, that assistant could just forward all those emails to customer support.

He is somewhat arrogant and, at a guess, fairly disinterested. If he forwarded them to customer service then nobody would ever get an answer. It's well established the kind of response you're going to get when you e-mail sjobs.

Unplugged said,

He prob receives about a million of these a day. If it is him replying (unlikely) then their lucky tbh. Especially as they seem to be replied to on an iphone which isn't the quickest of typing medium. One word answers and short answers are prob all he has time to write it's probably best he doesn't bother.

I would suspect most of them aren't legitimate


Not to mention the fact that, while I agree it sucks, he decided to say that MobileMe sucks right to Steve Jobb's... err... screen.

Jenson said,
I hate the one word answers this idiot gives, if he doesnt have time to reply then refer it to an assistant that does.

Email the support dept if you want a response full of waffle.

Jenson said,
I hate the one word answers this idiot gives, if he doesnt have time to reply then refer it to an assistant that does.

I'm pretty sure Jobs's e-mail replies are really from someone that answers them for him. The "rude" schtick is getting old, though.

Jenson said,
I hate the one word answers this idiot gives, if he doesnt have time to reply then refer it to an assistant that does.

He's a dying man, i guess he has better things to do with his last months/years than answer long emails. That being said, the being rude thing is indeed getting old

Jenson said,
I hate the one word answers this idiot gives, if he doesnt have time to reply then refer it to an assistant that does.

"Hi, I just want you to know the software you produce sucks... but I use it anyway. So, is it true it is going away?"

"Yep."

That's about what I'd say to that as well. Actually I wouldn't have answered it at all. I don't think his response was rude at all.