'Tap to download' email attachments

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  1. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    With iOS7 any photos attached to an email would download automatically and appear within the open email, but on my 6+ with iOS8 I often have to 'tap to download'. Why is this? I have 'load remote images' toggled on.
     
  2. Armen macrumors 604

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    It looks like Apple put in some kind of logic to prompt the user to download an attachment if it's a specific size. I sent a photo as small and it came through fine. Medium and up defaults to "Tap to download".
     
  3. mangomind macrumors 6502a

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    Has Apple added any settings to control this behavior? If not, hopefully they will.
     
  4. Armen macrumors 604

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    All I see is "download remote images" on or off in settings > mail.

    There is no additional options to say "hey if its under 1MB auto download it". It won't even load the image on Wifi if its 1MB.
     
  5. sunking101 thread starter macrumors 603

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    It makes sense there is some built-in logic to protect the data usage relating to limited cell phone plans in event a large attachment is sent.
     
  7. sunking101 thread starter macrumors 603

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    It would be simple to make iOS check if the phone is connected to a WiFi router and then auto download. Fair enough if connected via cellular.
     
  8. I7guy macrumors G5

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    I think this is one of a number of "stupid" IOS thing.
     
  9. Armen macrumors 604

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    I'm not quite sure how that check would work considering the mail app is always running. When would it check your connection?
     
  10. sunking101 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Every time you toggle WiFi on or off? Surely this would be a simple thing to implement, even if it had to briefly stop the mail app.
     
  11. Armen macrumors 604

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    A lot of people like myself leave Wifi on all the time.

    Also, stopping and restarting the mail app could possibly impact battery life if it's doing it all day.
     
  12. sunking101 thread starter macrumors 603

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    That's true, I leave WiFi on as well. I'm sure iOS can determine if cellular or WiFi is being used and act accordingly.
     
  13. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    It would check it the same way it checks before it auto-downloads app updates or purchases (which you can restrict to Wi-Fi only).
     
  14. Armen macrumors 604

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    The auto-update feature of the App Store is hit and miss at times. Sometimes I don't see updates unless I launch the App Store app. Sometimes it updates in the background.

    It would be a better user experience just to tap to download rather than rely on a mediocre "auto" service that plagues the App Store app.
     
  15. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    I agree, but I was just saying there is a way they could do it, if they were so inclined. (Of course, Apple writes the entire OS and the apps, so they can do whatever they want; not like there are restrictions on what they're "allowed" to do.)
     
  16. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I think 'download remote images' has nothing to do with email attachments. I think that refers to images loaded directly into the email through HTML (a little website if you will). When you disable that, the e-mail will be text-only. That images are shown in the body of the email has all to do with how the Mail app handles certain attachments. Apple prefers inline viewing of image attachments.
     
  17. Armen macrumors 604

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    That's what we were talking about. If you copy and paste an image into the body of the email unless the image is small in size it turns into a "tap to download " button.
     
  18. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I just wanted to clarify that the toggle does something different. :)
     

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