Apple Suspends iCloud and MobileMe Push Services in Germany Due to Motorola Lawsuit

Posted in Apple, Apple News on 24/02/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple has  suspended MobileMe and iCloud push email services in Germany due to an ongoing patent dispute with Motorola over the services. While Push email will no longer work (for now, at least), users can still set their accounts to periodically fetch their messages automatically. Contacts and calendars, on the other hand, will continue to sync normally.

Even though Apple considers Motorola’s patent to be “invalid,” a German court did rule in their favor (although this will certainly be appealed), causing Apple to temporarily disable the services as a precaution.

As The Verge notes, MobileMe users will get the short end of the stick – their push services will be permanent disabled, even outside of Germany, whereas iCloud users will be able to access the service outside of Germany.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.