Mail Pilot for iOS debuted in early 2013 as a third-party attempt to build a better mobile email client. The developer has since turned its attention to the Mac platform, with the same modus operandi: Incoming missives are treated as tasks that can be checked off, swatted aside, or resurrected in the future. For someone who frequently treats his inbox as a to-do list already, this sounds like a match made in heaven.
Although the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up in Las Vegas a week ago, the event left a busy five business days in its wake this week with new products, updates and lots of stuff for us to recap. And hey, the month of January is already half over now, which means there's even more cool stuff on the way... so without further ado, let's dive in so we can get on to the weekend festivities!
Sunday night probably felt like Christmas Eve to many MacLife.com readers, because the 2013 edition of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off at 10am PST (1pm EST) on Monday, where it appears Cupertino will dazzle us with iOS 7, the next version of OS X and presumably other goodies that may or may not include a MacBook Air refresh. Be sure to come back and find out what they are with our full coverage of the event!
Sparrow may have blazed a trail for acceptance of third-party iOS email clients, but there’s a new kid on the block: Mail Pilot, a universal app that attempts to infuse slick organizational talents into traditional IMAP email. Mail Pilot’s creators should be applauded for native iPad support out of the gate, a feature still missing from popular alternatives like Mailbox. For those who spend their evenings at home with the iPad, the ability to move between iPhone and tablet at will is a big plus. Sadly, IMAP compatibility issues make this pricey app a tough recommendation.
Every week, a veritable flood of new or updated iOS apps hit Apple's servers -- and this week is no exception, with new offerings to extend your Mac desktop, tackle medical bills or turn your email inbox into a virtual to-do list.
There was much internet lamentation on the day Sparrow's CEO, Dom Leca, announced that the company had been purchased by Google. If you are one of Sparrow's devotees, you groaned along with us. Sparrow, for those not in the know, is a truly excellent mail app for the Mac and the iPhone that simply puts others to shame with its slick interface, its ease of use, and its outstanding implementation of nearly everything you could want in an email client.
With the development team likely being tasked with improving the Gmail app, it's unclear how long support for Sparrow will continue and if we will ever see the long-teased and longer-hoped for iPad version of the app or push notifications. While on the Mac and on the iPhone, Sparrow continues to shine, a day will come when you'll need a new email app on your iOS device. Here a few we've found to try to take the sting out of losing our favorite little bird.