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iPhone App: Push Notifications

We have a big update coming soon and we wanted to tell you about all the new features you can expect. In a previous blog post we talked about the new Directory feature, which will help people using the app discover your communities. We also talked about some interface improvements, such as the new forum quick list, which gives you fast access to common areas of your forum. We have one last big feature to tell you about in this new version and that's Push Notifications!

Push Notifications

Push notifications have been integrated into the existing notification system, so any event that can generate a notification can also generate a push notification. You can have notifications sent to your phone for subscribed forums and topics, new personal conversations, reported posts, and much more.

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You will find a new settings group in your ACP "iPhone App", from here you can enable or disable support for push notifications. You can also restrict which group has access to push notifications, making it possible to use the subscription service to sell this feature to your users.

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Once you have enabled notifications for your forum, your users will see a new 'mobile' column in their notification settings:

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These same settings can also be updated directly from the iPhone App:

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The Quick List feature that we showed in the previous blog post has been expanded to show your unread notifications. When you receive a notification on your phone, the Quick List for the forum that sent it will be automatically opened so that you can see the notifications:

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Tapping the notification will take you directly to that area of the forum.

This feature will be available to everyone with a active support license, hosting account, or service addon package. If you would like to find out if your license qualifies, please visit the license key section of your ACP and refresh the license data, look for this message:

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iPad Support (beta)

This version also includes preliminary support for the iPad, the application will now properly resize to use the entire screen. We'll be further enhancing this functionality in the future by providing a more customized interface and using the regular skin instead of the mobile skin.

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We will be submitting this new version to Apple very soon, so you won't have long to wait for all of these new features. Note that they do require IP.Board 3.1.1 to work. We hope you're excited for this update and we look forward to your comments, suggestions, and feedback!

(Yes, there is an Android app coming in the future still!)



We will post a full announcement when the iPhone app update is approved by Apple and available to download.

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About "Mobile notifications require an active support license"

So do these push notifications go through your server? Are you being sent the contents of our personal messages, comments, etc from our personal boards to send us these alerts? Did I miss something? I didn't see any privacy policy or disclaimer that said you will be getting copies of all these private messages from our site.

If this is not the case, then i'm wondering why this requires an active support license.

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[quote name='SkimPappa' date='15 June 2010 - 04:51 PM']
About "Mobile notifications require an active support license"

So do these push notifications go through your server? Are you being sent the contents of our personal messages, comments, etc from our personal boards to send us these alerts? Did I miss something? I didn't see any privacy policy that said you will be getting copies of all these private messages from our site.


You are jumping to conclusions. You didn't see a privacy policy that said we would be getting copies of private messages from your site because we are not getting private messages from your site. All we get is the name of your site, the user that did "something" and what they did. In the screenshot example here "Invision Power Services" is sent as the site, "BlakeC" as the user, and a code that tells the system "quoted a post" as the action.

The push notifications must route through our server because of the way the APNS works. If for some reason any of this concerns you just shut off the feature in the AdminCP.

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What is the app you use on the I-Phone? There is no place to put a number in your settings on the board so i assume there is an application on the I-Phone? Can anyone provide instructions?

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[quote name='Volstate' date='16 June 2010 - 10:21 AM'] What is the app you use on the I-Phone?
[quote name='Volstate' date='16 June 2010 - 10:21 AM'] There is no place to put a number in your settings on the board so i assume there is an application on the I-Phone? Can anyone provide instructions?



I honestly think we need an editor for IPB. There is always some little typo either in the software being developed or the article itself. Haha. Just kidding. xP

everyone with a active support license

Should be:

everyone with an active support license

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Group Restriction Select which groups can receive mobile notifications, not selecting any will cause notifications to be enabled for all groups.

The grammar on this description needs to be corrected.
Are we selecting which groups to REMOVE their access to or are we selecting groups to GRANT access to push notifications?

I presume by selecting a group it removes their ability to use it (hence: restriction), but the description really doesn't clearly define this.




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