Developers Behind Orchestra to Release Mailbox, A New Mail Management App

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Mailbox is an upcoming email management app developed by the team that designed collaborative task management app Orchestra, which was lauded for its simple design.

    Mailbox, which is designed to work with Gmail, features a clean, simple design that uses intuitive touch gestures, much like list-making app Clear. Quick swiping emails to the right removes them from the inbox and archives them, while a longer slide and hold deletes them.


    Reorganization of the inbox is also a simple task with drag gestures, and the app also allows users swipe left to "Snooze" emails, putting them out of sight and out of mind until later.

    TechCrunch has an early hands-on review of the app:
    The Verge has also had the opportunity to test Mailbox, calling the app "nothing short of spectacular."

    Though there are a slew of emailing apps available, including Apple's own Mail app, Google's Gmail app, and third party alternatives like Sparrow, no email client offers the innovative quick-swipe interface of Mailbox.

    Mailbox is in closed beta at this time, but the website states that it will be available for iPhone + Gmail after the new year.

    Article Link: Developers Behind Orchestra to Release Mailbox, A New Mail Management App
  2. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    One day there will be the perfect solution to email and that will just be IT! Done forever.

    Personally I think that is Sparrow, just an opinion of course.
  3. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Gmail only at launch. Ughhh

    Looks great though. We'll see how it progresses.
  4. macrumors regular


    May 30, 2011
    Boston MA, USA
    Sorry that just looks brutal. Those half/full swipe gestures would drive me nuts. Going to delete instead of read by mistake. Seems like in trying to make mail more streamlined all they did is make it bloated and less intuitive.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    Totally agree. Wish it had more than just Gmail. I use Gmail for personal email and have two other accounts for work. Hopefully they'll add IMAP support in the future.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    What are the chances that it has exchange support?
  7. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Remember you can always use a gmail account to collect email from another account. Not ideal but would allow you to test this out all the same.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    Too lazy to read; will it support iCloud, Gmail, notifications, etc.? Ta.
  9. macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    If you are too lazy to read, how are you going to know if/what someone responds to your question? :rolleyes:

    Oh, and no, I'm not going to give you the answer even though I'm wasting my time writing this.
  10. iRCL, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 14, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
  11. macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    That's what we have forum notifications for. :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    Looks interesting. I'd probably check it out except I only use my gmail account for spam.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
    Agreed. At the least, the swipes for "archive" and "delete" should be in opposite directions.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010

    The colored indicators are quite clear when you swipe but I think it's just a matter of getting used to it. My first thought from this demo is how intuitive and simple it was. I already use and prefer apps that use gestures like tweetbot, reeder, pocket, sparrow, chrome, etc... It did not take long to gain that muscle memory. A quick swipe is always faster and less tedious than 2-3 taps. If you thought this looks brutal you should see the gestures I have with bettertouchtool on my macbook air :p
  15. macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2009
    Video shows her using a white iPhone 5, but the phone she puts in her back pocket is an iPhone 4/4S.

    Gotcha ! /coolstory
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    All e-mail goes through their servers. Not only does this mean you're putting the trust of your personal communications and/or business communications in the hands of a small company and hope they won't 1) read it, and 2) have insecure servers which could allow other people to read it, but if their service has an outage, you won't get any mail.

    Also no Exchange support.

    So, no thanks. Design looks nice, and some nice UX ideas there, but going through their servers is a non-starter for me.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2003
    So. Cal.
    Looking forward to Mailbox. I miss Sparrow. I have high hopes for Mailbox. I've seen a lot of pretty cool concepts for email - none from Apple. I think most of these other start ups "get it". Let's just hope they don't all get bought up by Google first.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2010
    I never find any issues with the built in mail client. Do people really have that many problems with it that they need a 3rd party app for mail?
  19. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    It's not really easy to use. It's horrendous on the iPad actually. Too much clicking here and there to get to a label, when a swipe and a click will do in GMail.
  20. macrumors 603


    There's a lot of new email browsers/clients all of a sudden. What features besides GUI do they offer over the supreme examples of Eudora or Thunderbird? Where's my Eudora iOS?

    And while we're at it, where's my Newswatcher to browse groups and blogs? That so rocked.

    The old days WERE BETTER!

    Just Rocketman
  21. ArtOfWarfare, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 14, 2012

    macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    As far as the app goes, the rightward swipes look simple enough. The leftward one not so much... It'd be nice if it could do the same thing as the right swipe but with all 6-9 options... Maybe make it more gradual, like, 1 hour, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96, 120, 144, 168 hour options based on how far you swipe? Make it a toggle switch somewhere whether that menu pops up or they have something like I suggested?

    The interface looks pretty quick and slick other than that.

    If the app is free, I'll definitely check it out. If they charge anything up front for it, it's all but certain I won't. (Not saying that's the way life should be, as a developer, I wish it wasn't the way things were, but that's the way it is: people are magnitudes more likely to get a free app than even a $1 app.)
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2003
    So. Cal.
    Sparrow rocked! Making it slick and easy and even fun to use. That's the key. Apple's email offerings are so dated. They haven't changed all that much since NeXTMail in the 90's. I think many of these new apps from other developers are really great.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2003
    not too keen on mail going through their servers, as some have noted...we'll see what this really entails. privacy is, well, not all that private in the end, but going through yet another set of "eyes" is not my cup o' tea.

    i still use sparrow. it still rocks. using boxcar for notifications isn't as big a hassle as i originally thought. would love to see google use the sparrow UI for their gmail client...but doubt that'll happen. mailbox does look interesting...but i'm guessing it'll be $9.99...and i don't think i'll pay that much just to try it out.
  24. SPEEDwithJJ, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

    macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    In my opinion, I think this is not a simple to use app. Why? Because the girl in the video uses 2 hands to navigate the app throughout the whole video! :eek: LOL! :D

    Of course, I'm just kidding about the "not simple to use" comment. :p
  25. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    There is no way I want a mail app that uses their servers.

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