Earlier this morning we mentioned that Sparrow for iPhone finally came available. And well, despite being a really nice looking app that is a pleasure to use — many people are complaining about the lack of push notifications. Personally speaking, I have used (and will continue to use) Boxcar to get my new mail notifications. Of course, that is not to say I would not be a tiny bit happier if I could ditch Boxcar in favor of Sparrow only. And yes, my only current use for Boxcar is email notifications.
Anyway, before I stray any further off track here, the lack of push support in Sparrow did not go unmentioned by the developer. In fact, they seem to be pretty upfront about it. The iOS App Store listing has a mention, and a mention that is before the feature list we may add. But taking that a step further and it looks like the developer has also set up a page with some additional information as well as a way that you can help. According to the folks behind the Sparrow app;
“if Sparrow was to do Push today, we would have to store your credentials (login/password) on our servers to frequently poll your accounts, and send you notifications.
This is a responsibility we’re not ready to take. As a startup focused on iOS/OS X development, we do not have the skills to secure your data on our servers and we do not want to put sensitive information at risk. That’s why Sparrow iPhone 1.0 doesn’t do push.”
And lastly, as for the part where you may be able to help. If you want, follow the via link at the bottom of this post and towards the bottom — submit your email to request Apple make some changes and allow access to the necessary API.