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iCloud+ to allow iCloud Mail users to customize their mail domain name

During its WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple announced that iCloud will be getting a premium subscription tier called “‌iCloud‌+”, which includes privacy features like Private Relay and Hide My Email. Another feature included in ‌iCloud‌+ that wasn’t covered in the keynote is the ability to create a custom email domain name.

From Apple’s iOS 15 feature overview page, under the ‌iCloud‌+ section:

Custom email domain
Personalize your iCloud Mail address with a custom domain name and invite family members to use the same domain with their iCloud Mail accounts.

In essence, this means that when ‌iCloud‌+ goes live, Apple will allow users to completely change their ‌iCloud‌ email address. For example, the [email protected] email address could be changed to [email protected], forgoing the icloud domain reference entirely for a more personalized or professional look.

Additionally, Apple will allow users to invite family members to use the same domain name with their own ‌iCloud‌ email accounts, although it’s currently unclear if family members will need to be part of the sharing. family to make it work.

For users of Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, and other email providers, this type of email address personalization has been available for a long time, so Apple could potentially drive some customers away from the competition with this move. It remains to be seen whether custom email domains for ‌iCloud‌ Mail will have some limitations that rivals don’t define, however.

We contacted Apple for additional information. Either way, expect more details closer to the launch of ‌iCloud‌+ in the fall.

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