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iOS Push - Generating APN certs - MacOS 10.14

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  1. lukekenny

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    Having wanted to set up iOS push email for a while, I have finally got my hands on a Mac. It's running MacOS 10.14 and the version of Server I can buy is 5.7.1

    The cPanel documentation states however that the process for generating the APN certificate using Server may not work for this latest version of MacOS.

    I'm guessing it says "may" because the note was added when the current version was in beta. Is there a final outcome on this?

    I googled and found another way to generate the APN certificate was to have a Apple Developer Account, which seems to come at quite some expense. Is there another option?
     
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    Hello @lukekenny,

    We've since confirmed that you cannot create APNs certificates in macOS Server® 5.7.1 (required for the macOS® Mojave 10.14 operating system). Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any additional alternatives to generating the APN certificates at this time. I recommend requesting this feature in macOS Server 5.7.1 on Apple's feedback forum.

    We have an internal case open (DOC-11761) to update our documentation to reflect this information.

    Thank you.
     
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    This documentation at this URL: How to Set Up iOS Push Notifications - cPanel Knowledge Base - cPanel Documentation. is dated and has no relevance to MacOS Server v5.7.1.

    You can also see: Push Notifications With Alternatives to D… - Apple Community

    These may be relevant Apple docs:
    Setting Up a Remote Notification Server | Apple Developer Documentation
    Sending Notification Requests to APNs | Apple Developer Documentation

    Essentially to get a certificate for iOS Push Notifications with MacOS Server v5.7.1, you need Apple Developer which is $99.00.
     
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    Have you or have you seen reference to anyone completing this process through an Apple Developer account? Does it allow the creation of a certificate signed for mail, or just notifications for a custom app?
     
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    Hi, Luke.

    I haven't seen but I'm pretty sure Apple wouldn't remove such important feature from MacOS Server without having a way to accomplish the same.

    Might be a wrong assessment but wouldn't hurt to confirm.

    That's a task for the cPanel team though.

    They can also ask Apple for a waiver or find a way to make this happen.

    Apple Developer Program Membership Fee Waivers

    We actually paid the $99.00 2 years ago, used it for this and while it does enhance user's experience, I didn't the courage to spend that kind of money for just an iOS Push certificate.
     
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    Hi @MajorLancelot,

    The update to this document (per case DOC-11761 referenced earlier) was published yesterday and includes the inclusion of the following note:

    We have made another attempt to reach out to Apple directly with this concern, but have yet to hear back. We're tracking that request as part of internal case CPANEL-23739. I'll update this thread again once we hear back from Apple.

    Thank you.
     
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