As a smartphone, the iPhone has a ton of features and benefits that many other phones and smartphones simply do not have. One feature that was long awaited however was the ability for the iPhone to receive Push Notifications, like the Blackberry. Let’s face it, this was one of the main reasons that the Blackberry became so popular in the first place was it’s ability to send and receive email right now, as it happened.
Not too long ago, Apple released the ability for the iPhone to receive Push Notifications which was a huge success. I immediately adopted the Push Notifications by setting up my personal Gmail account to sync my Contacts and Calendars, however, I did not setup push email and here’s the reason why. If your primary email account is anything like mine, you probably get email messages at all times of the day and night. I happen to use my iPhone as my alarm clock, so I was not willing to have my sleep interrupted everytime I received an email. So here is my solution, or my request for Apple to implement in one of the future versions of the iPhone firmware. I’d like to see Push Alert Scheduling, or the ability to setup a schedule of when Push Notifications are active, and when they should be suppressed. For instance, it’d be great to be able to set a schedule that allowed me to receive Push Notifications between the hours of 8am and 11pm. To take it one step further, it’d be nice if that could be between the hours of 7am and 11pm on weekdays, and between the hours of 9am and 8pm on weekends. I don’t think that this would be a difficult feature for Apple to implement, and I definitely think that it’d be a useful feature, and another way to help Apple and the iPhone set themselves further apart from the crowd.