Apple, what the hell happened to iPhone push notifications?

Rumors are starting to fly out about a new iPhone coming in June. While the timeline seems accurate (Apple generally refreshes products around similar times of the year) it was almost a year ago that Apple announced Push notifications for the iPhone. Now eleven months later, where the hell is it?

It's no secret that Apple missed its deadline of September for launching Push notifications and that the feature is still absent today. With a new iPhone or major software upgrade on the verge of being announced (for a June launch) an incredible but surprisingly plausible rumor has surfaced that makes perfect sense.

The idea is that for the software launch of 3.0 for the iPhone, Apple will introduce background application processes; you will be able to run more than one program at a time. The best part is that it is believed that Push notifications will be tied into these background processes so that programs like AIM can continue to run in the background until a "Push notification" is received. This makes perfect sense for why there has been such a long delay for the feature and it may be well worth the extra wait.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft finishing up Wave 3 of Windows Live

Next Story

Updated: Windows 7 final editions announced

31 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Looking at Apple's history, they like to make a splash witheverything.

Mark my words, Apple already has a new Iphone in the pipeline "Iphone 2.1"

and they are going to sell it hand over fist to the Lemmings that have to have the newest
e-phallus.

Apple fixes software problems with updates, they don't add functions incrementally. They save them up, then
release them all together in a shiny new package and a 300 million dollar ad campaign.

Personally, I just think they are waiting for Steve Jobs to get back to release it. This company is going
to eventually die when his meter runs out. (not wishing it on him, but the company seems loathe to function without him now)

The idea is that for the software launch of 3.0 for the iPhone, Apple will introduce background application processes;

Its funny because since the very first version of the software is able to do it, just there are not a frontend to activate it (but there are third party software that allow it). Also, by default there are some services running on background.


- Applications coded in Javascript. I fail to see your point
- No copy paste Jailbreak it
- Crap camera that doesn't have autofocus Camera is fine for me
- Crap resolution for that screen size You must have 100/20 vision :S
- No front camera (not that big a deal tbh) Yea i dont know anybody that uses the video conference stuff
- No multitask apart from the music player Jailbreak it
- No flash I wouldn't mind this
- Dropped phone calls I have never had a issue with dropped calls neither has any of my friends
- No memory card slot. Could be useful
- No office (word/excel/powerpoint/onenote etc) Jailbreak it/Appstore
- No mms Jailbreak it/Appstore
- No push emails or notification =/ Push email was added last year, notifications are not needed with backgrounder(runs apps in the background)
- No blackberry connect (sucks for enterprises that use Blackberry) don't need it
- Can't run apps not downloaded/purchased from the appstore unless you jailbreak wow are you that busy that you can not take 5 mins out of your day to jailbreak the phone.
- Locked into a network that generally rips you off ............................... you guessed it JAIL BREAK IT!!!

the iphone is a amazing phone, however it only comes alive once its jailbroken, there are 1000s of apps out there which are more powerful/interesting then the ones in the appstore because they don't have limitations.

- Applications coded in Javascript :meh!, so why use objective-c to program for iphone?.
- Crap camera that doesn't have autofocus: Any camera without autofocus is plain useless.
-Dropped phone calls :Apple updated not one but three times to solve this problem, and still there are people that suffer or missed/hanged calls.

Why should anyone have to 'jailbreak' a phone to make it do that functionality? A lot of phones have such functionality built-in, and you don't have to hack them, or BUY an application to do the job for you.

Obviously, if some average consumer didn't know about jailbreaking, they'd be stuck.

TLD

Copy and paste is a given. Hell, my Motorola non smart phone has copy/paste. Also, being able to run more than one App would be a GOOD THING for Apple. I mean, who wouldnt want to run more than one app?

Yes, it may not be make/break features but dude, this goes back to the issue you bitched about concerning support. you said, "those of use who pay top dollar expect nothing but the best support and to be treated like royalty" Granted, the quote is not word for word but it sums up what you said/meant in your posting a few days ago. So Apple promises its consumers something, and they didnt deliver. You spent several hundred bucks on an iPhone and are not getting what you were promised. There for you are not getting good support for the money and Apple is lying to you and not treating you right.

Think about it....

Thats so true i bought one to replace my HTC kaiser and it was absolute rubbish compared to windows mobile , I had to give it back and cancel my contract (50 upfront and i had to pay 2 months of the contract) after two days .

It just couldnt do what my old HTC Kaiser could , Like call my girlfriend with video or edit spreadsheats on the go hell i even had to write down the links i was being sent and type them in on the on screen keyboard which took a bloody age

Apple better up their game big time if they want to outsell windows mobiles this year

Apple is probably going to pull a typical Apple.

Older phones won't be able to take push notifications or run apps in the background forcing you to upgrade your phone.

necrosis said,
Apple is probably going to pull a typical Apple.

Older phones won't be able to take push notifications or run apps in the background forcing you to upgrade your phone.

Of course, companies do this all the time.

I seem to remember Apple ripping into background processes during the keynote - putting up an image of Windows Mobile Task Manager and stating that this was categorically the wrong way of doing things much to the ammusement of the audience.

Typical company BS. This feature will come with the next iPhone and only the next iPhone. WAnt to use this? Then you need to upgrade.

Of course, this is just a guess but companies do it all the time.

Apple seems to do that in some product lines, but with the iPhone they have always offered software updates to existing devices for free. The only reason this would only exist on a new iPhone would be for reasons of performance.

Stetson said,
Apple seems to do that in some product lines, but with the iPhone they have always offered software updates to existing devices for free. The only reason this would only exist on a new iPhone would be for reasons of performance.

Like battery life. Having multiple apps open is great as long as there is enough power to do so. With the current iPod/iPhone the battery life sucks. Maybe they will make the battery life better...who knows.

The article linked to in this post (almost a year ago) refers to push Exchange email/calendar support, which came with iPhone software v2.0. It makes no reference to push notification support for applications. This was announced several months later at WWDC.

Still no excuse for promising fall of '08 and still not delivering, but it really hasn't been "almost a year".

McG said,
LOL! I love the way this article is written. Great title, too. :)

Me too, all the usage of "hell" and bias makes the article a true front page winner.

So there's no source or information related to the supposition? In fact, it's little more than a blog post really isn't it?