Stop panicking about iCloud e-mail

iOS 6 beta 3 has been seeded to developers, and a note accompanying the release has set some people in a panic. The note indicates that e-mail addresses ending in are now available for iCloud users.

“Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an email address instead of a email address. iCloud users with addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an email address that matches their address.”

I’ve seen some Twitter posts that seem to assume Apple is discontinuing and e-mail addresses. Some careless blogging hasn’t helped perceptions.

There’s no evidence or indication from Apple to suggest that the old addresses are going away, just that new iCloud users will get the new addresses.

You haven’t been able to get a e-mail address since 2008, but they’re still going strong, and Apple has given no indication that they’ll stop working any time soon.

This is an overlay. Your old addresses will still work. People who sign up for new accounts will get addresses by default, but that doesn’t mean your old address will suddenly stop working.


  • I think the freak out is that you won’t be able to get addresses anymore! They’re great, short and sweet. I want to keep being able to create addresses in the future!

    Do you seriously find better than

  • mr_lizard13

    I’m an existing iCloud user with a address, but I’d much prefer an one.

    Will existing users be able to receive these addresses, or just new users?

  • Apparently people can’t read, because its says the FIRST time people activate mail, either on a new account, or one that has been used but never with mail, gets an iCloud address.


  • It would be nice if they discontinued my address, because all I am getting there is spam pretty much …

  • Vamsmack

    They can take my address out of my cold dead hands.

  • Apple removed one of my despite my instructions. It seems they decided they didn’t have to wait for my hands to become cold or dead.

  • I’m pretty sure that reading is not a required skill anymore. At least reading comprehension.

  • Thanks for this, Peter.