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Custom domain names come to iCloud email with iCloud +

As part of WWDC 2021, Apple has announced that this fall with iOS 15, iCloud will support custom domain names for email with the ability to invite family members to join you.

A long-standing feature of Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 has added custom domain names so teams and tech-savvy families can control their online branding while enjoying the benefits of a hosted email solution.

With the new iCloud +, custom domain name support is now included. On the preview page for iOS 15, we see the following feature as an upcoming option:

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

There is no word on whether this will require family sharing, or whether you will have the ability to invite others outside your family who have not been added to your Apple Family configuration.

Of course, this announcement could eventually pave the way for Apple to offer business and school email over iCloud as a direct competitor to Google and Microsoft. However, there is probably a limit to the feature to prevent it from being used in a business environment.

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