gmail push with mail.app

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  1. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

    hehe299792458

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    Now that gmail is available for the iphone as exchange, it is possible to also get it to push email to desktop clients like mail.app? Theoretically, I can just follow the instructions for the iphone and apply it to mail.app right?
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    if you have Gmail IMAP setup in Mail a new email should become available as soon as it is sent if you leave it open.
     
  3. theRick119 macrumors member

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    I believe that leaves a continuous connection to every folder that is open though. Which can then lead to the "too many simultaneous connections" error.

    Maybe not, but I'm curious if we can use this on the desktop apps also (I haven't installed Snow Leopard yet, but this would be a worthy reason to quit procrastinating).
     
  4. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    What do you mean? Mail uses IMAP idle (I think) with gmail if you setup correctly and getting the mail is pretty much instant.
     
  5. theRick119 macrumors member

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    It may be a misunderstanding of how a desktop app uses IMAP on my part, but as some gmail users may know - if you have Mail open on a pair of computers and maybe you try to also open mail on your iPhone - you are pretty likely to get a "too many simultaneous connections" error.

    I believe this is because Mail opens a connection for every folder you are synchronizing in mail and gmail has a hard limit of 10 simultaneous connections.

    My thinking is that push would have just one connection per app since it isn't requesting an update for each folder, it is simply reacting when google sends a notification.

    But again, I may be misunderstanding how a desktop app uses IMAP, but the simultaneous connection issue is a real pain for some.
     

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