Apple forced Sparrow to yank their iOS app’s Push services when the app was submitted to the App Store because the application was using a VOIP specific practice. Until now, the popular mail client for iOS was Push free unless customers jailbroke their device and installed a tweak. With the release of version 1.2 today, the company has come right out and said that they’re releasing Push whether Apple likes it or not, but with a twist. In a post on their blog, the Sparrow team elaborates a little bit on the incoming Push functionality:

[quote]You were more than 16 000 helping us on our Apple quest to get the VoIP privilege.  We can’t thank you enough for your support. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that they are not willing to do any exception to the rule and that Sparrow will NOT be granted with the privilege. This means we’ll have to do Push on our side and that it will be integrated as a yearly subscription into Sparrow’s future update.[/quote]

We don’t have much information on what the feature will cost, nor do we know exactly how Sparrow plans on implementing the subscription. That said, we’re not exactly sold on the idea of paying a subscription fee to get Push services in an application. It’s a foreign concept, that’s for sure.

Would you pay an additional fee for Push services, or would you just carry on using the official iOS Mail app for all of your email? Vote below.

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