Ahh… this is Push It!
Music is a big deal to me. I carry both a 60GB 5G iPod and an 8GB 2G iPod Touch. To say I have the music in me is an understatement. While the title of this article refers in part to an obscure song from the 1980’s, its really meant to garner some thought as to where background Push services are for the iPhone.
Yes. Its been a while since I’ve written an iPhone based article. I was very disappointed with the device, and sold it in early November. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t miss what it can do. In fact, I do, every day…or at least the consumer in me does (not the business guy…)
However, you will remember that Push was the iPhone feature that was supposed to let non-core Apple (or third party apps) communicate with the rest of the device so that they could “run” in the background. Unfortunately, this service, originally promised in the 2.1 version of the iPhone/iPod Touch firmware, was pulled during its beta phase due to problems. It still hasn’t found its way into the devices.
There nothing official on where and when the service will make it into a firmware update, though Apple hasn’t pulled the plug on the idea completely. There was a great deal of speculation at Macworld on what was going on with it – abandoned, still in the works, or set aside for a different system. No one really knows. Apple as always, isn’t’ saying much of anything on it or their decision.
According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, we’re approaching the end of the known iPhone roadmap. There’s already speculation of new hardware (the iPhone Nano is rumored to be due in June), and they say that if we don’t get Push in that refresh, we likely won’t get it at all.
I’m not certain what’s going to happen. I’ve checked around, and while I’m no Apple expert, I haven’t seen anyone, at any site, give us anything to hang our Push hat on. At best this is a definite maybe…
What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear what you have to say. Why don’t you join us in the discussion and give us your thoughts?