Apple Forced to Suspend iCloud Push Services in Germany

In one of its recent legal battle with Motorola Mobility, the Cupertino-based technology giant Apple has been forced to suspend push services on its iCloud platform in Germany, as Motorola Mobility granted an injunction against the technology.

Apple has setup a Support page on the subject announcing that the users of its iCloud and MobileMe services will not be able to receive push emails from the company as long as they are “within the borders of Germany” following a recent patent lawsuit from Motorola Mobility.

Apple says:

Affected customers will still receive iCloud and MobileMe email, but new messages will be downloaded to their devices when the Mail app is opened, or when their device periodically fetches new messages as configured in iOS Settings. Push email service on desktop computers, laptop computers, and the web is unaffected, as is service from other providers such as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.

Push services become handy in way they automatically deliver new email to iOS devices without user interaction, departing from the conventional ‘Pull’ services that would ask email servers at particular intervals to download new email messages.

However, Apple says that it has appealed the decision against the ruling passed recently by Mannheim court. The Cupertino-based technology giant also says that it holds the patent “to be invalid.”

Motorola Mobility was also granted an injunction against Apple’s 3G-capable devices by Mannheim court, earlier this month, following which Apple was forced to remove purchasing options for its iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and 3G iPad products from its websites in Germany.

Motorola Mobility effectively scored a ruling against Apple that infringed on FRAND-pledged patents, vital to its 3G/UMTS products on its German online Apple Store. The iPhone 4S left the only 3G-capable device available for sale on its website in the country following the ruling. However, if Apple’s appeal bears any fruit, the products will get back on the store.

As the services have been suspended, the Cupertino-based tech giant offers workarounds to activate background syncing of email on iOS devices, as traditional email clients and websites remain unaffected of the suspended Push protocols.

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