Push mail will be one of the new features introduced by iPhone 2.0. But nobody, until now, had thought that this typical Blackberry function could also be made available to customers of the phone, unless you have an Exchange server available, whose support has been made official, but to take advantage of the system you must have a corporate server. Now this interesting option that allows you to instantly have 'pushed' mail (as the English term says) from the server without having to retrieve it manually or instruct the client to query the server, seems to be available to all those who have a .Mac client.
A reader of Tuaw.com has discovered traces of what could be an interesting novelty. A new entry appears in the new iPhone settings panel, just below the airplane and Wi-Fi mode: Fetch New Data. Once selected, a screen appears in which for each user e-mail box it is possible to set the Fetch mode, in which the user starts the mail program and orders the sending and receiving of the emails, or the Push mode in which iPhone software automatically receives all emails as soon as they reach our mail server.
Even if on paper the difference between mail fetch and push mail may seem irrelevant, the substantial difference is perfectly understandable by those who have tried even for a few days a BlackBerry terminal with the mail push activated. For all readers interested in understanding the distinction in detail, we refer to the review of the BlackBerry 8110 Vodafone made by Macity.
The great success of Rim and the BlackBerry terminals due in large part precisely to the functioning of the push-email, irreplaceable for all those who for business or passion always want to have the email in their pocket, to receive and reply to messages. With the introduction of the push email, Apple is preparing the ground for a possible large entry of the iPhone in the corporate and business world but also in that of the consumer world which, while appreciating the superior multimedia qualities of the iPhone, remain faithful to BlackBerry for quality services. and faster speed when it comes to email.
In the case of the iPhone, one must understand how this system will work. For Blackberries, the Rim server, on which all Blackberry devices are registered, thinks about fishing the mail and then sending it to the PDA. For .Mac Apple may have implemented similar technology; it remains to be seen whether and how push mail, as happens with Rim solutions, will also be available for personal mailboxes or not. In the first case, Apple must have found a (complex) solution similar to that adopted by the Canadian competitor, in the second case, on the other hand, it simply means that Apple will only enable .Mac to do this operation, using an additional marketing element to promote its Internet service.