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Newton Mail today announced an update for its iOS app that aims to make it easier than ever for users to keep track of email conversations by making the "Sent" folder obsolete. Called "True Inbox," the feature automatically places any sent emails at the top of the Inbox, no matter if the recipient has responded to the message or not.

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This treats each email conversation more like a messaging app, with each thread sorted by activity so that any time a response is sent or received, that conversation shifts to the top of the screen. As usual, Newton users can still archive, snooze, star, view read receipts, and more from the new True Inbox, but now "there's absolute no need to go to Sent folder any more."

In the blog post announcing the update, Newton designer Umesh Gopinath explained the company's purpose for getting rid of the Sent folder.
When I start a new conversation, the mail I sent, remained in the Sent folder, till I received a reply. Which meant, I had to still jump between Inbox and Sent folders to follow up on mails. I always wondered why Gmail never thought of it. People found work-arounds for this problem by Auto BCCing mails to themselves to bring sent mails to inbox. Another recent way was to snooze the sent mails. Needless to say, we found all these hacks ugly, non intuitive and cumbersome.

When we designed Read Receipts in Newton to show 2 ticks on a conversation, like a chat app, we felt that the only time it took one step backwards was when I started a new conversation and then had to go to Sent folder to see the ticks. We really wanted to fix this problem. We wanted to truly make email modern.
Newton users will begin seeing True Inbox automatically, but Gopinath mentioned that the update will see a rollout in "phases" to start. Those who don't want to wait can turn the feature on in Settings > General > Conversation View > True Inbox. Newton Mail is available to download from the iOS App Store for free [Direct Link].

Article Link: Newton Mail for iOS Updates With 'True Inbox' to Make Sent Folder Obsolete
 

c0ppo

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Cloudmagic was great! I’ve used it on iOS and Android. Best email client for android, that is for sure.

But then they prices themselves out of most people leagues and changed the name to celebrate that.

Thx, but no thx.

Spark is excellent as well. And it doesnt have subscription model that costs as some top tier mac apps.
 
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autrefois

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I like this new feature. I go between sent and inbox all the time. It's annoying.

Not sure I like the name (it's not truly an inbox (only) if it has sent emails, too) but love the feature. Not sure I'd switch email clients just for that though personally, but it'd be great if this helps them get new users and if this option eventually spreads to other services.
 
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alexgowers

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I have to say I like the idea of treating Mail like messages. It should be truely threaded but then we should also get rid of the need for the rest, signatures etc all bog down the experience. The other issue is handling of bcc, cc, forward, reply all etc. Once you treat it like messages you have issues with how you handle that.

The electronic version of letters does have its advantages over messaging and I’m not sure they can be merged.
 
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Westside guy

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Or you can use any mail app and just set it to BCC yourself to get the same result.

Yup, something I’ve done for years. Incidentally this also gives you defense against work colleagues who claim “you must not have sent that” (my former boss) or “I never got it”, since you then have a copy of all the transport headers which allow tracking through the various mail servers.
 
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ignatius345

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I tried this app for a while, but I found that it was only retrieving mail from my iCloud account after each time I opened it. Deleted and went back to Airmail.
 
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C DM

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Interesting how some email clients have changed their names to those of historically significant (generally scientific) figures, like Newton in the case of CloudMagic, and Edison in the case of Email.
 
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Seems MailPilot is back on the block too, got an email yesterday advising that they're back in action. Based on their previous journey, not too sure how well they'll do in terms of trust. A lot of people were upset when they pulled it from under their feet when they relied on it. They're going down the subscription route. Just thought I'd add it in case anyone was interested....
New MailPilot
 
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nburwell

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It may be free to download, but if i'm reading the website correctly, it's $50/year after the trial period.

It is a bit pricey. However, during my trial period they offered a year for $39.99, so I took advantage of that. It's not a bad mail app, especially when I use Newton exclusively on my iPad.
 
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ck2875

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Seems MailPilot is back on the block too, got an email yesterday advising that they're back in action. Based on their previous journey, not too sure how well they'll do in terms of trust. A lot of people were upset when they pulled it from under their feet when they relied on it. They're going down the subscription route. Just thought I'd add it in case anyone was interested....
New MailPilot

Yeah, there's no way I'm touching another one of their apps after buying MailPilot 2 when it launched in August 2015 and the developer abandoning it with a ton of bugs and pulling it from the App Store a few months after it launched.
 
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chucker23n1

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Newton Mail today announced an update for its iOS app that aims to make it easier than ever for users to keep track of email conversations by making the "Sent" folder obsolete. Called "True Inbox," the feature automatically places any sent emails at the top of the Inbox, no matter if the recipient has responded to the message or not.

So to be clear, this "True Inbox" is no longer an "inbox" at all?
 
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TiggrToo

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Out there...way out there
At least this point in time I think it is. Will be interesting to see if that carries thru to year two. It is the same price as 1Password subscription which I use numerous times a day.

Difference being that 1Password's competition are all petty much also subscription based.

Meanwhile Newton's competitors are AppeMail, Outlook, Gmail, Spark, Edison, myMail, Proton, Astro and BlueMail (all free), Airmail ($4.99 purchase), Canary ($9.99 purchase) or the aforesaid Newton ($24.99-$49.99 annual subscription).

And that's where I have the issue... Really not quite seeing the value add of Newton over any of the others - even the paid for versions.
 
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