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Why doesn't the iOS app have instant sync?

Brad Brooks May 09, 2012 08:53AM PDT

I note that the Android version of the Pocket app has an 'instant sync' function wherein pages that are saved to Pocket get instantly pushed to the app and appear in the reading list without having to manually refresh.

Could you tell me when we iOS users might expect a similar function added to our apps?

Thank you!

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Justin May 09, 2012 09:52AM PDT

Hi Brad,

Instant Sync is possible on Android because they allow use to run a background process. iOS, on the other had, has strict rules on what can be running in the background, and therefore does not have this ability.

If this policy is changed in iOS, we will certainly be one of the first to jump on board.

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Justin Best Answer May 09, 2012 09:52AM PDT Pocket Agent

Hi Brad,

Instant Sync is possible on Android because they allow use to run a background process. iOS, on the other had, has strict rules on what can be running in the background, and therefore does not have this ability.

If this policy is changed in iOS, we will certainly be one of the first to jump on board.

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Taylor May 21, 2012 10:48AM PDT
That is really lame of apple. This is probably my #1 feature request. I had no idea apple had created this limitation.
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Rob Wheatley Jul 24, 2012 10:09AM PDT
Apple haven't really created a limitation to provide the feature on iOS, just not the ability to do it by having Pocket constantly run in the background.

Why don't you just use push notifications for iOS? I've got loads of apps that keep up to date via a push mechanism. (3rd party email, calendars, todo, facebook, G+, skype......... the list goes on).

I figured Pocket would too as it's heavily implied in everything I read before I signed up. I just installed Pocket and started to play expecting things to get pushed to me, but they didn't. That's how I ended up here.
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Justin Jul 24, 2012 10:20AM PDT Pocket Agent

Hi Rob,

Thanks for your reply.

Although iOS does allow push notifications, this still does not allow Pocket to sync and download articles in the background. It would merely tell you that there are new items available, but you would still have to open the app for the download to take place.

I hope this clarifies things!

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David Frahm Aug 16, 2012 02:21PM PDT
Fyi, Instapaper uses Background Update Locations to accomplish this.

http://blog.instapaper.com/post/24293729146
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John Sep 14, 2012 01:24PM PDT
Downcast also uses background updates based on location. Does pocket plan to add this feature?
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sacred Apr 09, 2013 11:52AM PDT
or you can use apple push notification to indicate users about new articles

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