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Facebook iPhone Application Gains Push Notifications

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. macrumors bot



    Facebook today updated its iPhone and iPod touch application [App Store, Free] to Version 3.1, adding highly-anticipated push notifications and the ability to sync Facebook friends with users' address books. Facebook's push notifications offer a fairly high degree of customization, allowing users to choose whether to receive alerts for seven categories of information.


    Push notifications had been on many users' wish lists for the 3.0 revision to the Facebook application, but ended up not making the cut for its August release. The application's developer, Joe Hewitt, quit the project in early November, citing dissatisfaction with Apple's App Store review process.

    Article Link: Facebook iPhone Application Gains Push Notifications
  2. macrumors 68000

    do they have push notifications that can let me know that my battery is crying like a baby for turning on all the other facebook push notifications?
  3. macrumors 68020


    I'm surprised of no chat notifications or are those considered "messages"?
  4. macrumors regular


    battery life

    someone explain this to me.....wouldn't activating push notifications absolutely KILL my iPhone 3GS battery life?? I've never been able to figure out if push notifications are bad to turn on cause they drain battery life?

  5. macrumors 68000


    they do a little but not to the extent of background processes, and having 20 push apps takes no more battery life than having 1, unless you get very frequent pushes from them of course.
  6. macrumors regular


    Push Notifications are when your phone automatically checks for updates, alerts etc. without you having to open the app right? I guess it's just misleading to me because when I hear "push" notifications, I think of something that happens when I push the app or open it up.

    Thanks for the fast response!
  7. Moderator


    Staff Member

    This is probably a very easy question, but how do I get to that screen?

    EDIT* Question answered below
  8. macrumors 68030


    Facebook under settings
  9. macrumors regular


    Settings / Facebook / Push Notifications
  10. Moderator


    Staff Member

    thanks for the help! I feel very stupid now!:eek:
  11. macrumors 604


    No, PN is when the Apple Push Notification server tells your phone you have a notification. The apps do not need to be running. Its suppose to save you battery life by not having multiple apps open all the time.
  12. macrumors regular


    Your iPhone maintains a maximum of 1 active connection to receive push notifications.

    The amount you receive and number of applications that send them to you have very little effect - other than to keep turning your screen on.
  13. macrumors regular


    so then how will it work exactly when i turn all the PN's on? Will i get alerts in the form of a text message? or will it have a little number in the corner of the app??
  14. macrumors newbie

    still waiting for facebook to sync actual information like phone numbers and email addresses... now that would be handy!
  15. macrumors newbie

    Go to the iphone settings and scroll down to the bottom and find the facebook tab. Select that, and then "Push notifications".

  16. macrumors regular


    also....do i have to turn on "Notifications" in the settings menu in order for facebook PN's to work?

  17. macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    What you are explaining is pull, not push.

    In push, the phone keeps one connection alive to Apple. When Apple receives data for your phone, it will push it to your phone through this connection. The phone doesn't "check" anything.
  18. macrumors regular


    It's a sound, "text message" box, and "badge" (a little number on the icon for the app). Or any combination that you choose.

    It is not a traditional text message. It won't show up in your SMS, and you don't have to delete it. It's just a notification.
  19. macrumors 65816


    See for yourself when you enable them: under push notifications in Settings, you have the ability to choose between sound, a message alert, and a number badge. Not all have all three, but the majority do. You pick what you want. All, some, or none. Just try it out. :p
  20. macrumors 604


    You may want to turn off wall posts notifications. Yeah, I certainly don't want to be notified every 5 minutes.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    For the love of God, will they please fix the bug that causes any wall, photo, or comment posts to slow to a crawl if you haven't reinstalled the Facebook app in some time.

    Any one else notice this?

    Example: I restore my iPhone. Facebook runs like a sprint horse fresh out of the gate. Posting status updates, wall comments, photo comments, friend requests, etc.. are all snappy. Then after about a week things start taking longer to post. The spinner lasts much longer on the screen. Then by week 4, trying to post a simple status update cripples the app to the point that you have to hit the Home button on the iPhone. Meanwhile, even though your spinner is processing, that status update has already updated on their servers for others to see.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Oh, if only we could all be so popular.
  23. macrumors member

    has anyone tried syncing the contacts yet? i'm curious what information gets pulled down and tied to a contact besides the profile picture and "links."
  24. macrumors member

    You obviously haven't been introduced to the evils of farmville and similar facebook apps.
  25. macrumors regular


    Does Farmville qualify as a wall post, to your wall?

    I don't think it does.

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