Push notifications coming to iPhone in next firmware version?
Remember "push notifications"? Course you do. It's the nifty feature that will allow applications to alert a user when an event has happened, getting around some of the problems caused by the ban on third-party apps running in the background.
Originally planned for September, the delay has been caused because of some of the problems with MobileMe and syncing, and because Steve Jobs said that Apple wanted to get things right first time.
A Russian iPhone site claims that it has seen a beta version of iPhone firmware version 2.2.1 (this hasn't been officially released to developers yet) which shows the push notification system working. Completely unverifiable, but great of true.
Having push notifications will be particularly beneficial for applications such as instant messaging clients, and any others which can have software running on a server and notify the user. It doesn't solve any problems with apps that need to run constantly (of which there are many) - users will still have to keep these open if they want to interact with them.
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