IMAP push?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by MatthewKing, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. MatthewKing macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008
    I was under the assumption that the iphone 2.0 supported imap push.. a friend has recently purchased a new iphone and he says the push option is only available on an exchange account, and setting up a standard imap account, or gmail on imap doesn't receive messages instantly, only when the mail app is open.

    This kind of makes sense because the iphone can't run background processes as far as I know, with imap push using the IDLE command, it would require to keep listening on the connection.

    However.. MobileMe uses imap and supports push? Unless they've added their own push functionality, it should work.

    If apple really has not enabled standard push for imap, aren't they excluding every apple based business? I use imap, with my own server and my own domains, I don't want MobileMe, or gmail, and I don't want to resort to using exchange.

    Surely I'm just missing something here? Someone please restore my faith! :(
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Push has to be supported by the server, not the client. If your email provider isn't supplying a push service then no amount of configuring on your end will make it happen.
  3. MatthewKing thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008
    Yep, I'm running my own email server (postfix+dovecot) and I can telnet in and use imap idle fine..

    As far as I am aware, imap push is actually the imap idle functionality.
  4. anks329 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2008
    Push seems to only work with Exchange, Mobile Me, or Yahoo Mail. Thus far, all other setups, even if the server supports imap idle, can't get email pushed to the phone.
  5. wilburburns macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008
    I am quite interested in this also. I would love to get the IMAP IDLE Functionality working on my 3G Phone.

    Exchange Push works great (Even better than WM 5.0 Push) on the 3G, I just can seem to get my IMAP accounts to work as desired..

  6. MatthewKing thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008
    It seems completely insane that Apple would support Microsoft based businesses using exchange, but alienate their own business customers.

    Most apple based businesses will probably be using IMAP rather than Exchange. We need our own domains, and would like to use our own servers.

    At the moment it seems Apple are only supporting personal use of yahoo/mobileme or business use of exchange. Are they *trying* to make me switch to Exchange or something!? madness..

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