Apple have released a MobileMe gallery app
for the iPhone and iPod touch, that gives subscribers to their cloud
storage and backup service easier access to their online galleries.
The app – which is a free download from the App Store, but which
obviously requires a MobileMe subscription in order to use – supports
the usual pinch-zooming and swipe navigation on the iPhone, as well as
basic offline browsing functionality.
Basically, as long as you’ve looked at the gallery once, you can
subsequently view it even without a data connection (whether WiFi or
cellular); presumably Apple keeps the local caches once they’ve been
downloaded the first time, which should also speed up later slideshows.
It’s also possible to share photos and galleries via email, together
with browse other MobileMe users’ galleries.
The MobileMe app for iPhone allows access to password protected and
hidden galleries, as well as public ones, and supports landscape and
portrait orientation. So far there’s nothing in the way of social
network integration – we’d like to see any easy way to upload images to
Facebook or share them on Twitter – but it’s early days yet, we
suppose. The app is available to download now; MobileMe currently costs $99 per user per year.