In early 2012, Apple had to block iCloud Mail push notifications in Germany due to an injunction won by Motorola. Today, Apple restored these notifications, around a month after the company got the injunction lifted by a German appeals court.
More than 19 months after now-Google-subsidiary Motorola Mobility forced Apple to deactivate push email notifications for German iCloud users (over a patent that should never have been granted in the first place), Apple has finally been able to make the feature available again. I’m happy to share this piece of good news with end users, who were unfortunately held hostage in this context. The feature came back at approximately 9 PM local time in Germany (that’s 3 PM Eastern Time in the U.S.).
If you’re a German iCloud Mail user, you can re-activate push notifications for mail by opening Settings and navigating to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and turning on “Push.” If this doesn’t work for you, then you can try deleting your iCloud account from your iOS device, and add it again from the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” section in the Settings app.
If you’re in Germany, let us know if iCloud Mail push is working for you.