iPhone Push Notification Goes Live For Developers
Finally, the moment has arrived. Apple Push Notification service is live and ready for testing by iPhone software developers for the first time. The service promises to extend the usefulness of a wide variety of AppStore applications by allowing them to receive data even when not running.
This method eliminates the need for apps to run in the background constantly and drain the already taxed iPhone battery. All registered developers can now participate in the testing program and use the service immediately.
Testing of the service was originally scheduled for September 2008, however Apple did not anticipate the overwhelming demand and needed to expand the capabilities of their servers. Push Notification Service should go live to the user community with the release of iPhone OS 3.0 this summer.
Apple's email to developers:
Start testing your applications using the Apple Push Notification service today. Log in to the iPhone Dev Center an review the Apple Push Notification Programming Guide and Getting Started video.
Team Agents can log in to the iPhone Developer Program Portal and proceed to the App ID section to create the components necessary to enable and test applications using the Apple Push Notification service.
Make sure to join the Apple Developer Forums to connect with other developers using the Apple Push Notification service and use the Apple Bug Reporter if you discover compatibility or functionality issues while testing with the service.