Fetch Or Push? Set Your Email Accounts To Maximize Battery Life, Speed Of Delivery [iOS Tips]

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Push or Fetch email

UPDATE: As Cult of Mac reader lepht points out below, there are contrasting opinions on whether push actually saves battery life. Check out his post here to see a different point of view. Also note tordofm’s comment below, and the original article I linked below, both of which support the push as battery saver idea.

You have a couple of options when setting up your email accounts on an iPhone or iPad: Fetch and Push. While Push is only available to more modern email accounts like Gmail, most of us have at least one account that can utilize this email service.

But what’s the difference, really? And how do you set it up on your iOS device? That’s why we’re here.

Sparrow For iPhone Gets New Features, Push Coming Later With Yearly Subscription

Want push support in Sparrow for iPhone? You're going to have to pay extra for it.
Want push support in Sparrow for iPhone? You're going to have to pay extra for it.

Sparrow for iPhone — the third-party email client that has left Apple’s built-in Mail app redundant on my device — has received another major update today, which introduces a number of helpful features and quashes a handful of bugs.

One thing it doesn’t add, however, is that much-anticipated push support. That’s coming later, but you’ll have to pay for it.

Make Sparrow Your Default Mail Client & Introduce Push Notifications With Sparrow+ [Jailbreak]

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Sparrow+ fixes two of Sparrow's biggest issues.

Sparrow is possibly the best iPhone app I’ve purchased so far this year; it has completely replaced the built-in Mail client on my device. But it does have a couple things missing: It doesn’t yet support push notifications, and of course, it’s impossible to make it your iPhone’s default mail client.

However, a new tweak for jailbroken devices called Sparrow+ fixes both of these things.

Apple Loses Appeal To Restore iCloud Push Services In Germany

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iOS users in Germany will no longer see iCloud emails pushed to their devices thanks to Motorola.
iOS users in Germany will no longer see iCloud emails pushed to their devices thanks to Motorola.

Apple has lost an appeal against a court ruling in Germany to have its iCloud push services restored. The service was disabled back in February after it was ruled that Apple had infringed on patents owned by Motorola Mobility. While iCloud is still available, users now have to open up their Mail app and fetch new email manually, or set their device to fetch email at certain intervals.