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Google warns of Gmail issues with iPhone 1.1.3

updated 10:25 am EST, Thu January 17, 2008

Gmail and iPhone 1.1.3

Google is warning iPhone users about the effects of Apple's v1.1.3 firmware update on Gmail. The company says that if users setup mail on their iPhones simply by tapping the "Gmail" icon, the v1.1.3 upgrade will convert access from POP to IMAP. The result is that messages read on an iPhone will also appear as read in the Gmail web interface, and any deletions will move messages to the web Trash bin, where they will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

It is noted, however, that it is possible to disable this behavior by manually configuring IMAP, or reverting to POP in a similar manner. The protocol shift is just one of a number of changes introduced to Gmail this week, among them automatic refreshing and contact completion on the iPhone. General changes to Gmail have included larger attachment limits, expanded chat options, and the ability to integrate non-Google e-mail accounts.




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  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Improvement

    This sounds like an improvement to me, and why people (those that are aware of the difference, anyway), prefer IMAP over POP3: Mail between multiple computers or devices are kept in sync.

    If I delete a message, I'd expect it to be deleted, regardless of whether I did it through Mail on a Mac, Mail on an iPhone, or GMail on the web.

  1. MhzDoesMatter

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Actually,

    For a while, my Gmail account stopped working completely on my iphone immediately after the upgrade. Just woke up today and it had somehow automagically downloaded all my mail again.

    I too would prefer IMAP. I hate having to delete mail on every device to truly delete it.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    An issue ?

    I would call it an upgrade. But as wit any upgrade, people have to be warned about the impact of those new features, especially with the POP to IMAP switch since this has a behavior different from the one we have all been used to with POP. POP limitation overcome in IMAP (read once and mark has read in every mail reader) looks here as it is a flaw !

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    it's a bug

    This sounds like an improvement to me, and why people prefer IMAP over POP3: Mail between multiple computers or devices are kept in sync.

    People may prefer it for some things, but perhaps not others. Some people may want to have the iPhone in pop mode so that they can read through their mail on the phone, toss out all they could care less about at that time, because they'll know they'll get it at their desk and handle it there. This keeps the phone mail from being cluttered without affecting your 'main' computer.

    I would call it an upgrade. But as wit any upgrade, people have to be warned about the impact of those new features,

    This is why I would consider it a bug. Apple should NOT be changing settings on users without their knowledge. Like with Leopard turning off your firewall without warning, or an OS update adding a bunch of icons to your dock (Apple did this one too). A simple "You can now access Gmail using iMap! Do you want to enable it!" message when you first opened your email would have been the safest option.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    1.1.3 mail broke gmail

    for me, it's mostly broken. when trying to access my gmail imap account, mail frequently crashes, the number of new messages is usually wrong, etc etc.

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The horror!

    "IMAP works!" - says Google, while panic spreads after iPhone 1.1.3 update. Here is my version of MACNN headline.

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