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If Apple won’t support Push IMAP, then I will…

@ 2009-07-14.04:11
Categories: Geek
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Even with the long awaited 3.0 iPhone update, Apple still refuses to add support for true IMAP push (using IDLE). Luckily however, they did finally enable the Push Notification Service, allowing a slew of push capable apps to show up in the AppStore. So I started to read the programming guide to write my own app to push mail notifications to me…. Unfortunately I gave that up, because it’s just way too much work just to get a new mail notification… But I did find a gem in the AppStore that would let me do what I want, called Prowl (iTunes link) (Their site). As they describe it:

Prowl is a Growl client for the iPhone. Notifications from your Mac (or even Windows! see the FAQ) can be sent to your iPhone over push, with a full range of customization and grace you expect.

They even provide a script to use for notifications from non Mac computers. So with this gem, I was able to get push notifications of new mail by adding one simple line to my existing .mailfilter on my server. While I was at it, I figured why not make another use for this, and wrote a simple perl script to search for @-mentions on twitter and push them to me.


2009-07-14 @ 07:21
Johnny Danger comments:

Yay, nerd-blogging. I need to do more of this. I don’t know how many times I have learned something from a blog post like this. Cheers.

2009-07-14 @ 08:57
Isaac comments:

Nice. How does the notification work with mail? Does it show up as a text like notifiication? Or can it actually trigger mail to pull the message?

2009-07-14 @ 09:01
Bob comments:

It shows up like a text (which I have set to say I have received a new mail from <from address>). I can’t find a way to trigger a pull, so I set my mail to manually pull (since mail pulls whenever you open it). But the nice thing is, it will stay on the screen till I clear it, or it gets replaced. I’ve been using the system for about 3 days now, and honestly, it’s a bit more useful that the iPhone just increasing the number on the mail icon.

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