I had to have my device replaced by Apple yesterday. Like many others, I have been enjoying having Gmail pushed to the native mail app for many years via setting it up as a Microsoft Exchange account. I know that they discontinued new activations of this for regular consumers, but I didn't realize there was no other way to receive push Gmail to the native iOS mail app. I do not like the Gmail app and I will only use the iOS mail app as I need to have access to multiple inboxes all at once - is there currently ANY way for me to get my Gmail account pushed to it?
I am confused as to why when you set it up as a 'Gmail' account in the settings it cannot be pushed - is this something that Apple has to support or Google? My Yahoo and iCloud accounts Push and I was under the impression they used the same IMAP protocol as Gmail?
Anyway, I don't have high hopes as I've searched for the past 24 hours to try and figure it out. I know that paid Google Apps users for business can continue to activate devices via Exchange. Here's a question - can I, as a consumer, pay for Google Apps and have Exchange enabled? I know I can sign up for a business account, but that forces me to create a custom business email (@yourdomain.com) which I do not want to do, I simply want to continue using my Gmail address, which I do use for work, with Microsoft Exchange.
Honestly if there's a way, I'll do it. Push Gmail to the native iOS app is something I guess I took for granted, but I'll definitely pay $50/year for it if I have to, or even CAN. Fetch every 15 minutes (which I need due to the amount of email I get) just drains my battery life like mad.
Thanks for any tips or support that anybody can provide!