Push Support Got Lost, But Where?

October 6, 2008 by Ryan Ray 

Let me first simply pose this question… WHERE IS MY DANG PUSH SUPPORT!?

Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s talk about this. I mean really the promise that we would have push support on our iPhone’s by September has gone awry. Honestly I am a little dissapointed, but as I look back I should be used to this from the wonderful iPhone creator Apple. A lot of dates have been pushed back due to this iPhone. Even the release of the original iPhone caused Leopard to be delayed. So really I guess I should come to expect this, but should I put up with it?

Early on in the 2.1 firmware seeding process the developers noticed that anything and everything for push support had been taken out of the newest seed of 2.1. Many of us including myself thought nothing of it. I even said on this website, Apple has promised September and I trust in their promise. Shame on me for being so naive. Isn’t there some cheesey little line that goes something like, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me?” Now looking back on all of the missed deadlines and botched launches lately with the iPhone I say shame on me, shame on me!

I don’t know how many others of you feel like this, but all I wanted was some push support! I was looking forward to having other apps besides mail that could notify me when they needed to. I know for one example I would use AIM a lot more if I could always be logged on, well sort of logged on with Apple’s system they devised. Also what if all of the Twitter apps could send you notifications of a reply, or even just have it notify you when certain people you follow update their twitter, friendster, etc… It’d even be awesome to have that push feature on the new Facebook app. I don’t really use Facebook chat, but other people do catch me on there and it’s great to talk to them. I’d like it even better to be notified on my iPhone. Ugh, I want my push support.

Now in another post we’ll talk about these “hidden features” that are popping up in the new 2.2 firmware, but I’m over here crossing my fingers, wishing, and knocking on wood, that a hidden feature in the new firmware is push support. I can imagine what kind of backend this system would take, and I’d imagine Apple is trying to get it right the first time around this time. Especially after their mishap with the 2.0 release and their MobileMe launch. I can’t blame them either, a delay is better than all the bad press they got for MobileMe and the 2.0 firmware.

So once again we all sit and wait on Apple to deliver. We can all forgive and forget right? What are your thoughts on this? Are you fed up with the broken promises and delays? It’s like a really crappy relationship eh? Voice your opinion and leave me a comment. It’ll be much appreciated.

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