Gmail 3.0 for iOS adds background refresh, no more waiting for your mail!

Gmail 3.0 for iOS adds background refresh, no more waiting for you mail!

Gmail for iOS has been updated to version 3.0, adding background refresh to make viewing your email faster. While Gmail already utilizes push notifications, users have previously needed to wait for the app to refresh and load new messages when opening it. Now, the app will fetch new messages in the background, as long as you're using iOS 7 and one type of notification (badge, banner, or alert) is switched on.

The app also supports Google's simplified sign-on system that allows you to tap your Google account to sign into an app if you are signed into other Google apps on your device.

You can download Gmail 3.0 from the App Store now.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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rdstryr says:

"waiting for YOUR mail!" ;P

garment69 says:

Long overdue but great to see.

gravage says:

Finally! This has been my biggest annoyance using Gmail on my iPhone and iPad. Especially when I tap on a notification and it says that there's no message because the mailbox hasn't picked it up yet. I was on the verge of switching to Live mail just to get Activesync back.

IMAP is horribly slow.

richard451 says:

very cool update. Lots of new features.

ThatsAwesome says:

As long as gmail doesn't give me ability of aliases and ability to attach docs from dropbox while replying, its pretty useless to me.

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asuperstarr says:

This is going to be great, thanks for sharing regarding the update!

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Daytona says:

Once you go Mailbox you never go bock...<---Mispelled on purpose to rhyme ;)

RavenSword says:

Isn't background refresh a big battery drain?

Shinydesert says:

I was wondering that too. Hope somebody has an answer.

Premium1 says:

Yes, and especially with the tiny batteries apple uses in their phones. I turned it off because battery was pretty bad with background refresh on.

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Dan4VT says:

Still no unified inbox. Thats my major holdup.

33497746 says:

If Mailbox put that in your application, it would be awesome!!!
And +1 for @Daytona !!