Sparrow is a popular email client for Mac computers. Now the company has launched an iOS version which supports any email service using IMAP including Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, and others.


You can sign into multiple accounts and view all of your messages in a unified inbox. Gmail users will be able to access labels, and threaded messages. And you can sign into your Facebook account to automatically add profile photos to your contacts.

Overall Sparrow looks like an attractive, easy-to-use alternative to the free Mail app that comes with iOS. But there’s one key feature that’s missing: push notifications.

That means that in order to download the latest messages you’ll need to fire up the app from time to time. If you want to make sure you never miss a message, Sparrow might not be ready to go yet.

The developers did have a beta version of Sparrow that supported push email, but Apple rejected the app because of the way that push support worked. The developers are hoping Apple execs change their minds, because while there are alternate methods for enabling push notifications, they aren’t risk-free.

Update: There’s now a third party app called Sparrow Push which allows users with jailbroken iOS devices to add push email support to Sparrow for free.

Sparrow for iOS is available from the App Store for $2.99.

via TUAW

Brad Linder

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