Reservation System Announced for Upcoming 'Mailbox' Email App

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Orchestra, Inc. has announced a reservation system for Mailbox, its task-orientated email app which we reported on earlier and which has received many pre-launch accolades from tech sites.

    Mailbox, which will initially be compatible only with Gmail, aims to keep your inbox clean by allowing you to use swipe gestures to quickly move each email out of your inbox by deleting it, archiving it, assigning it a category or - perhaps most interestingly - setting it to pop back into your inbox later.

    When you sign up to reserve your copy of the free app, Orchestra sends you a text message with your reservation number, together with a code. Once the app is available for download, you'll need to enter your code to complete the download.

    Business Insider observes that Orchestra has an interesting link to Apple: one of the company's software engineers is Adam Cue, son of Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, who is responsible for iCloud services - including email. Business Insider suggests that the relationship is likely to put Mailbox on Apple's radar as a potential acquisition, but it is unclear whether Apple has any actual interest in Orchestra's ideas for email management.

    Article Link: Reservation System Announced for Upcoming 'Mailbox' Email App
  2. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    "u reserve a copy" since when is an app limited on the appstore and "on high demand" lol

    sounds like data fishing to me
  3. macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2002
    And how long will it be before this app goes the same way as Sparrow?
  4. macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Not sure if it will replace Mail app for me but I'm quite curious. Signed up yesterday #


    It is about being able to scale. With a reservation system they can scale properly since they can know exactly how many are using it.
  5. justperry, Jan 23, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013

    macrumors 603


    They don't ask for email, they ask for a telephone number and mine is prepaid so is there anything to loose??


    Does not work for where I am,got no SMS from them even though they say it's international.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I have actually been waiting for this since it was announced on here. It looks interesting and perhaps a new way to pursue mail.

    I did notice a few people were reluctant to welcome it because of Orchestra's servers or something to that affect. I have never dealt with any products from Orchestra, so I am not sure what to think.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I'm at about #174,000 . . . sounds like a lot of sign ups.
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Yeah, they must be. I signed up 15 minutes before you (based on your post time) and I'm 173,097. That's 1,000 sign-ups in 15 minutes??? :eek:
  9. macrumors 603


    I tried 3-4 times and I got nothing so you might move up to 173,093.:eek:
  10. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2006
    London, UK
    Well I'm #175,839. Guess it's going to be a long wait.
  11. macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Ottawa, Ontario Canada
    Is anybody else getting the "Either your phone number is invalid or we're under heavy load" message? I've been trying for 15 minutes.

    As I'm in Canada I'm using the + then the 11 digits of my phone number.
    IE: +1 ### ### #### only with no spaces. Is it supposed to be in another format?
  12. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    Amazing! So why is this being mentioned on Mac Rumours? Oh so it can get more interest for Adam Cue maybe? Mmmm not a conspiracy theory surely? Daddy look what I have made could you get your company to buy it? Split it 50/50??
  13. macrumors 603


    +62 XXXXXXX... is also not working, I only get a thanks but no SMS.
  14. macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Ottawa, Ontario Canada
    On Twitter they're saying the SMS are taking a while due to volume. You got a confirmation that your number was accepted though?
  15. macrumors 603


    Just get a thanks and then the popup window disappears, that's it.

    Might be because of the country I am in.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2010
    I just signed up and got my text message right away.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
  18. macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2012
    I am 175,030. Got my text within a minute or two. When is this app rumored to arrive?
  19. macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Ottawa, Ontario Canada
    So I've been trying this whole time on my desktop at work. Just tried on my phone and got an SMS instantly.
  20. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    Doesnt work for me either right now. I get the same message. I have a US #.
  21. macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2008
    Same here and I'm in the U.S. too. I'll try back again later.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2007
    Portland, Or
  23. macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    This is the most overhyped app I've ever seen. I do not think it looks very innovative or useful, all of your e-mail gets routed through their server, and it only works with gmail. Yet, every time Mailbox's developers sneeze the tech bloggers are all over it, tweeting rapturous praise.

    And this "reservation system" seems very suspicious. Give them your phone number? I don't think so! This is a piece of software. Spin up more servers if you have too much demand. If they can't quickly respond to user load, their architecture was badly designed. The tech press should be slamming them for this, but again it's all fairy dust and rainbows.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2008
    There's no way I am giving these guys my phone number. what kind of a horse and pony show is this for an app? why not just launch it normally in the app store like any other app?
  25. macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    Does anybody know yet if this works with general IMAP servers besides gmail?

    If I can't browse my iCloud account alongside my Google Apps account then this app is pointless for me.

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