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Developers invited to test iPhone push notification

updated 09:20 am EDT, Fri April 10, 2009

iPhone push testing begins

Apple has begun active testing of its push notification service, a memo circulating to iPhone developers notes. "Start testing your applications using the Apple Push Notification service today," the e-mail advises. "Log in to the iPhone Dev Center and review the Apple Push Notification Programming Guide and Getting Started video." Team agents are then being asked to access the App ID section within the iPhone Developer Program Portal, where push testing can be configured.

Although Apple prompted developers to start coding push apps with the release of the second iPhone 3.0 beta, they were also informed that live testing would only be opened gradually as a result of the demand on Apple servers. It is thought, however, that Apple may now have opened push to most if not all developers. A final release of the iPhone 3.0 software is scheduled for sometime this summer.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is going to be

    very critical for the iPhone since it doesn't allow background processing which everyone believes the iPhone needs to be a true smartphone. I hope developers come up with some novel ideas on this one.

    I think Apple is going with no background processing solely because current processors don't throttle down enough and batteries are just not up to giving long enough life in such a small package. Otherwise, there'd be no other reason for Apple to shy away from such a smartphone standard. Once Apple gets the tech, I'm sure they'd go to background processing in an instant.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    To be honest I have noticed my BlackBerry gets lousy battery life when running a few IM clients, and I'd be running those all the time if I had em on my iPhone. This is much better than having all your customers complain about battery life :)

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Background audio please

    Background notification probably addresses the large majority of apps that would need true multitasking so it's great to finally get it. True multitasking seems out of reach for the current iPhone, considering how bad mail can s**** up foreground timing for critical apps like you know, games.

    And with 3.0, Apple is also taking care of a minor annoyance with the in-app mail sheets. Otherwise, when you wanted to mail something, you were kicked out of the app into mail and then you lost your place in the original app.

    It'd be nice if we also got background audio though, which would probably address the next major portion of background apps. It'd be nice to be able to listen to streaming audio while doing other things, though obviously this isn't as critical as notification.

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