Apple has shut down the “push” function of MobileMe and iCloud email in Germany due to a legal spat with Motorola Mobility in that country.
In one of the numerous patent suits Apple is currently involved in around the globe, Motorola Mobility scored a victory in Germany when it comes to the technology that pushes email to your phone automatically. This does not, however, mean that email is totally useless. As Apple explained the situation to Engadget in a statement:
This ruling only impacts customers in Germany who use a Push setting to get their MobileMe and iCloud email. These customers will still receive email to their devices. Apple believes this patent is invalid and is appealing the decision.
If this is anything like the pulling of iPads and iPhones from Apple’s online store earlier this month, it may be quickly resolved, but we’ll just have to wait and see for now.