As part of WWDC 2021, Apple announced that this fall with iOS 15 iCloud will support personalized email domain names with the ability to invite family members to join you.
A long-standing feature of Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 is the addition of custom domain names so that technology-savvy teams and families can control their online brand while enjoying the benefits of a hosted email solution.
The new iCloud + now includes support for a custom domain name. On the iOS 15 preview page, 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 information on whether this will require family sharing or if you have the ability to invite other people 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 through iCloud as a direct competitor to Google and Microsoft. However, there is probably a limitation to the feature so that it is not used in a business environment.
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