Did anyone notice Mail ripped off Outlook for iOS?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by sammyman, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    Mail basically copied all the features of Outlook for iOS. Almost seems blatant to me. I imagine Microsoft is upset right now.

    Anyone else notice?
  2. foxconn Suspended

    Sep 6, 2016
    Maybe you can start off by saying which features as I'm sure many here have never used outlook (myself included).
  3. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
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    Focused Inbox

    I've been enjoying these features for over a year with outlook. It's crazy to me.
  4. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    are you mad that you have another app with those features? or are we playing corporate apologism tonight ?
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Gmail also can unsubscribe. Who stole it first?
    Focused inbox? You mean unread? Mail has had that since forever.
  6. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    You're right. Outlook calls it focuses inbox. I thought I read they have a similar feature in mail but searching around in the app I don't see it.

    Amazingly outlook still seems better to me. Worth checking out if you haven't already.
  7. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    The stock mail app has been neglected for years, so it only seems right that it starts to inherit features other e-mail apps have had for a long time.

    Is there a 'snooze/reschedule' option? That's my most used feature on Outlook and if the stock mail app had it, I'd have no real valid reason to use Outlook.
  8. Ashin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    On the subject of the Mail app, can anyone test this for me -

    Open Mail.
    Press Home button.
    Open Mail again via the Icon or via app switcher.

    When the Mail app opens, there is a white background that fades in with the app. Some other apps seem to do this for no reason (Phone from my quick testing).
  9. n-evo macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2013
    Why does this trouble you?
  10. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    Outlook. Now there's a name I haven't heard or used since the 90s when I was on a PC
  11. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    They finally added quite a few features but still the Apple Mail app still lacks a lot of things. Airmail and Spark are much better if you ask me.
  12. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2013
    The OP is right, there is an Outlook for iOS look and feel. I actually really like Outlook for iOS, I just stopped using it because I didn't get rid of the default mail connections and was getting 2x the notifications.

    It is even a copy down to the new mail only button on the bottom left.

    If we just could get a "Read Receipt" option...
  13. davehutch macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2009
    Croxley, Herts
    I've always found Outlook doesn't update it's Notification screen, despite running in the background and having Background App Refresh set to on.
    Has anybody else found it to show old data in the NC until you actually open the app?
  14. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    I don't see that button on the bottom left in the iOS Outlook app. I mean the apps are similar in displaying email on a white background and all of that, but they are fairly different looking that it's not hard to tell which one you are in even just from a glance, which means they are certainly far from being copied of each other (other than basically as much as they are given that they do the same kinds of things).
  15. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2013
    It was intermittent... It is one of my complaints about how Apple handles background apps. Apple should let you have priority (always run in background option) for apps of the users choosing. Unfortunately the only apps that have this are Apple's default apps. This is another reason why I went back to the OEM Mail app over Outlook (not MS fault, it is 100% Apples fault for not having that option).
    --- Post Merged, Sep 14, 2016 ---
    It has changed now, but in outlook, filter/Unread (originally it was a button on the bottom left like in iOS 10). Originally iOS OEM Mail app, required you go back to mailboxes and look for unread, which was all mail boxes. There was no way to filter within your current mailbox like Outlook had.
  16. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Nope. Not for me. Opens with text showing. No fade-in.
  17. g35 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2007
    Look forward to seeing you post this anytime there is a 'complain about Samsung copying Apple' thread
  18. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I'm maybe a minimal user of Mail; I use it to quickly read emails and delete/move but I rarely use it to reply.

    What features am I missing out on?
  19. EJ8 Suspended


    Oct 13, 2010
    Outlook lacks a config setting to reduce the size and preview lines of inbox emails. I really hate only being able to see 5 total emails on my 6S. I've tried every email app 3 or 4 times and have settled on "Email" by EasilyDo". It has every feature and a config to edit them, turn on/off, etc. Anyone using Outlook or the OEM app should check it out.
  20. hArrisburger macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2013
    Here here on Airmail. The most recent update seems to have fixed some of the notification sync issues. I am always seeking an app that can sync across my desktop, mac, and iPad w. my google apps accounts.

    iOS/Google's inability to have a push option (outside the standalone Gmail app) makes Airmail coupled with Fantastical 2 a solid option. If Apple cared at all about mail on desktop or iOS it could move the needle. To date, they have not.
  21. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    This happened to me while I was on the Public Beta. I haven't tested it out since the GM.
  22. Risco macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Always prefer native apps, so I am very happy. Do not see what your issue as it does not affect you.
  23. Ashin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    Maybe I should have been clearer.

    It is behind the app.

    Every other app uses the wallpaper, but Mail uses a white colour background

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