Earlier this month, Motorola won a court ruling in Germany forcing Apple to remove older models of its iPhone as well as 3G variants of its iPads from its online store. Apple obtained a temporary suspension and put the devices back on sale, however it has now taken the precautionary move of disabling email sync services on its iOS products.
Push email to iCloud and MobileMe has been disabled within Germany but services like Contacts and Calendar will continue to sync normally with these services – though you’ll have to leave Select Schedule set to Push on MobileMe. Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, which many people use with Gmail accounts, will be unaffected.
On Apple’s support page, the company said:
“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.”
The official support page also gives users workarounds which will let you configure your iPhone, iPad or iPod to automatically download new mail in the background.
When users leave the German borders, push email on iCloud accounts will be automatically re-enabled, but this is not the case for MobileMe accounts which, once accessed from Germany, will be disabled indefinitely.