Huge backlog of delayed messages (iMessage)

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Rofl, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Rofl macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2010
    Has anyone noticed that messages received via iMessage are being delayed by around 1-6 hours when being pushed across your other iOS devices?

    I've had conversations with someone else via iPad to iPad which have been fine. But messages which are being pushed across to my iPhone have experienced delays of around 6 hours.

    Likewise, my friend used his iPad to send messages to my iPhone, while the iPad had no connection to Wi-Fi. The iPhone received the messages fine, but when you connect the iPad back to Wi-Fi, it starts showing up messages that you have read on your iPhone in 'real-time' mode i.e. you can see your friend typing away each subsequent message even though you have already read them. It should really be pushing the read messages to the other iOS device(s) in 'bulk'.

    I believe this is a problem with the new iOS 5.1 update.

    Has anyone else had similar issues?
  2. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    Yes I had this happen. I was getting them on my iMac but not on my phone. But when I replied on my phone suddenly I got all my messages.
  3. soulsteelgray macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    I wasn't having as much of an issue with this yesterday but it's been driving me insane today. There's nothing like having a conversation on my iPhone, then going to my iPad hours later and finding that I'm receiving those messages hours later, long after the conversation's been over.
  4. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    I notice issues like this when I've been in a heavy conversation, like message after message within say a minute - feels like the other devices (normally iPhone) needs time to catch up!

    I had "issues" like this before 5.1 though.
  5. Sylon macrumors 68020


    Feb 26, 2012
    Michigan/Ohio, USA
    Yeah, having a long conversation on my iPhone will leave my iPad and MBP struggling to relive that same conversation later. It get really annoying when you are in a remote location with limited internet like I am. The messages load so slowly, its actually hard to tell if the messages popping up are new or old.
  6. GaresTaylan macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2009
    I had my iPad off wifi yesterday (wifi only model) and had several messages going on my iPhone. Usually when I would get my iPad 2 running 5.0.1 back on wifi it would catch up on all of the conversations immediately.

    With 5.1 Ive noticed that when it connects to wifi it will be playing catchup for hours sometimes.
  7. Rofl, Mar 21, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012

    Rofl thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2010
    Glad others are experiencing it as well!

    Need to somehow bring this to Apple's attention - I've posted a thread about it on the discussion boards but it hasn't garnered any replies yet :(
  8. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    Maybe this has something to do with the wifi connction? I find my iMessages sync in real time as long as both iPhone and iPad are on the same wifi network at the time.

    They may be stored in iCloud if one device is off or not on wifi - especially when there's an option for 3G vs. email as the transmission vehicle. Then, when a wifi connection is established, iCloud has to download collected conversations. Just a thought.
  9. Rofl thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2010
    My iPhone and iPad were on the same Wi-Fi network but the iPhone messages ended up getting delayed by a few hours. I think it's more likely to be an iCloud issue and the way it pushes it to other iOS devices isn't completely synchronised.
  10. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    Very strange. Hopefully this will be one of the things that clears up as iCloud is finessed by Apple. Given the number of multiple worldwide devices accessing iCloud at any one moment, it seems a staggering job to control the "traffic." Maybe once the new HQ campus is completed in Cupertino - designed to handle iCloud among other things, Mr. Jobs said - things will become more efficient.
  11. Rofl thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2010
    Ok, quite frankly this is becoming a joke.

    My iMessages just came up delayed by 18 hours! iPad was on WiFi when it received the messages, and iPhone was on 3G.
  12. aoifeee macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2011
    Last week I was having big problems with imessage but it seems fine now.
  13. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2006
    imessages is currently ridiculous.. I keep getting notifications on my iphone and ipad when I keep conversation from my mac. And yesterday I received TWO HUNDRED imessages on both iphone and ipad.

    the protocol needs to improve multi-device support.

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