Is IMAP email on an iPad a special strain on IMAP servers?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by desertman, May 6, 2013.

  1. desertman macrumors 6502a

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    Hello Forum,

    I just talked to a person who is hosting about 60 web sites and also handles the email for these.

    He told me that IMAP from iOS devices would create constantly additional traffic on IMAP servers - much more than the traffic created through IMAP accounts on any other OS (like OS X or Android).

    Has anybody here heard something like this, too? I'm just wondering whether this could be true ...

    Greetings - desertman
     
  2. Menel macrumors 603

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    False.

    Only in that it is always on your person, and ready for use vs. your desktop Windows/OSX is sitting at home/office inaccessible most of the time.

    Android *might* cause more strain if it supports IMAP Idle for push notifications over IMAP. iOS does not.
     
  3. desertman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Menel, I do not really understand what you are saying - especially in your first paragraph. Could you explain this a little more?

    Your second paragraph sounds as if you were saying that iOS does not use the IDLE command and therefore would be - if at all relevant - rather less strenuous on a server than more. Is that correct?
     
  4. Menel macrumors 603

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    Yes.

    This statement is false:

     
  5. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    Not true, I think that person just doesn't like iOS devices :)
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Anecdotally, googling for different variations of "ios imap constant traffic" didn't turn up anything on the scale of when iOS really causes issues.

    Not to say how he's got IMAP implemented on his end isn't affected by how iOS does IMAP, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of talk about the topic.
     
  7. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

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    Actually that's not entirely true. iOS does cause a bit more traffic than any other mobile OS since all the others (to my knowledge) support IDLE. IDLE is much less traffic intensive than a fetch. If an iOS device fetches every 15 minutes it is generating a lot more (relatively) traffic than a client connected with IDLE.
     

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