Earlier today I linked to a Forkbomber piece comparing the approaches to cloud computing between Apple and Google. In my commentary on the link, I said file sharing was one of two hold-ups I had with leaving Google Apps. The other is this:
The ability to send reply emails from a personalized domain via MobileMe from my iPhone.
This ability was brought to the Web interface of MobileMe in an earlier revision. I can forward my domain email address to my MobileMe address and then send and reply from that domain address via the web interface with no problem. Using only one keyboard shortcut and a simple workaround, the same can be accomplished with Mail.app.
But the iPhone is still problematic. To simply send email from the domain address is no problem. It’s the same as sending from any account. Create a new email, select the account you want to send from, write the email and send.
The problem comes in the ability to reply to a domain email from that same account. On the iPhone, it is impossible to do it automatically like on the web and Mail.app interfaces. The iPhone does not read the address to which the email was sent but instead the account that received it. Therefore, to reply to an email sent to a personalized domain but forwarded to MobileMe, I have to manually select the domain address with every reply. Given the number of emails to which I reply, that’s just not workable.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that this simple change will be made, but I’m not really counting on it. I’ve not seen anyone write about this issue in relation to iOS5, and since I don’t have access to a developer’s account I’ll just have to wait until this fall to see.