One of our users wanted to know what would happen to keychain syncing when MobileMe is phased out next year. Just to updateeveryone on what is going to be safe in iCloud and what is going to be axed, here is the official Apple list:
iCloud = Mail, Bookmarks, Calendar, Contacts, Find My iPhone, and Back to My Mac.
The items that will be cut are Dashboard Widgets, Dock Items, System Preferences, iWeb publishing, Gallery, iDisk, and Keychains.
So what is one to do without keychain syncing through MobileMe? As there’s no system wide keychain on iOS, one could either put a text file in Dropbox or go with 1Password.
1Password will allow you to do Over-The-Air syncing via an encrypted file in your Dropbox account, or over WiFi by manually opening the host app on your computer and your iOS device at the same time.
On your iOS device, you can use 1Password to browse the web (embedded Safari) and it will auto-fill your passwords for you.
There’s also an app called MacDropAny that allows you to add any folder on your Mac to the folders that Dropbox syncs. One of our techs uses it to back up his AddressBook, and it should be able to be used for keychains as well — assuming that one’s user account passwords are the same on each computer.
Also, what about iWeb sites that have been published to MobileMe? Apple’s document on how to move an iWeb site from MobileMe to another hosting service can be found here.
What about photos that have been published to the MobileMe Gallery? It’s likely that all of your photos are already in your iPhoto library, but you should make sure that you save your MobileMe Gallery photos and videos before MobileMe expires.
And last, files on users’ MobileMe iDisk? Make sure you save your files to your Mac (or PC). Dropbox is an excellent replacement for iDisk.
In the meantime, enjoy MobileMe until it ends on June 30, 2012.