I’m a long time MobileMe subscriber, or I should say a .mac subscriber. I love my mac.com email address and I was a bit crossed when Apple removed the possibility to use my mac.com email address in iOS 4.2 unless you previously had an account with a firstname.lastname@example.org address on the iPhone.
When setting up a MobileMe account in iOS 4.2 the email address would default to email@example.com regardless of whether you typed in the login screen firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was really annoying and I bet that many long time Apple users felt cheated by this. There was a workaround that came as a KB article from Apple. The workaround involved using iTunes to mirror on the iPhone the mac.com email account setup on mail.app on your Mac.
A big surprise happened when I installed iOS 4.3 on my iPhone 4 a few weeks ago. As usual whenever I install a new version of iOS, I also restore the iPhone as a new device.
Immediately after the restore, I added my MobileMe account to the iPhone and expected iOS to automatically change my email address to me.com even though I registered as mac.com.
To my surprise, the email address remained email@example.com, no need to use the workaround to sync your email account with iTunes.
I believe that this was a bug on iOS 4.2. The proof is this Apple KB where the solution is to upgrade to iOS 4.3.
This ends the speculations that the domain mac.com is going to disappear and all longtime .mac users will have to switch to a less loved firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Well done Apple, I’m so glad that I can keep on using my beloved mac.com email address.