iPhone and Push Mail (Some Insight)

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by centic, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. centic macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2007
    After struggling for hours yesterday to get Yahoo Mail to push, and failing.. I gave up. I called Apple, Apple had no answers.

    The way Yahoo's Push Mail works is it's Push-IMAP aka P-IMAP and uses the IDLE protocol that most IMAP servers have...

    So I setup my own server, I enabled IDLE with a 10 second check period.

    I setup my accounts in OS X's Mail and by default Mail uses IDLE if it detects it. It worked fine, I got new Mail within 10 seconds.

    I proceeded to sync the accounts with my iPhone and check the Mail on the iPhone. As soon as I read an email on my iPhone within 10 seconds it appeared as Read in OS X's mail, like it's supposed to.

    The problem is, unless I have the iPhone's Mail application open, it seems to ignore the IDLE protocol. It won't update any requests except for every 15 minutes when it pushes.

    Whether this is a bug or not, I have no idea. Apple needs to address this and soon.
  2. dashiel macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2003
    tiger's mail.app doesn't support IDLE, for new mail notification, without athird-party plug-in, leopard's mail.app has been hinted to support IDLE and i'm pretty sure iphone's OS is based on leopard not tiger (core animation, quick look, etc... are leopard only).

    i've got the IDLE enabler working fine on my desktop mail.app, but the iphone app, to-date, doesn't support it.
  3. centic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2007
    uh.. heh, let's just say my Mail has IDLE.
  4. seanwr macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007
    What IMAP server? Any tricks?

    I run my own IMAP server...with IDLE... and have not been able to get my iPhone to do any IDLE magic...

    iPhone does the IDLE magic with my yahoo account...

    and Thunderbird does IDLE magic with my IMAP server...

    But the iPhone just checks it at regular intervals and doesn't update unless I hit refresh. AKA - no IDLE magic.

    What IMAP server were you running? Did you do anything to tell the iPhone to use the IDLE extension?

  5. daze macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2006
    San Jose, California
    Leopard Mail.app does seem to have IDLE support. So it's one reason to upgrade.
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Good news. Now let's hope they upgrade dotmac e-mail to support IDLE.

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