Sparrow Developer Working on iPhone Version

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Dominique Leca, the co-founder of the much-loved Sparrow mail client, tells Business Insider that his team is working on an iPhone version of Sparrow.
    Leca also notes that Sparrow has generated more than $500,000 in revenue in the six months it's been available on the Mac App Store. Sparrow was originally going to be priced for $24.99, but they decided on $9.99 as a price point in order to reach more users. "People don't wake up in the morning thinking they want to change their mail client."

    Sparrow for Mac is available for $9.99 on the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

    There is a free "Sparrow Lite" version as well, that restricts users to one email account. [Direct link]

    Article Link: Sparrow Developer Working on iPhone Version
  2. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    There's no way the iOS version will get approved :rolleyes:
  3. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I must say that I love Sparrow. It's specifically has Gmail in mind and thats what a good portion of the modern computing masses are using.
  4. flash84x macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
    I think they are in for a rude awakening, I will be shocked to see this approved.
  5. vettori macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Italy, near Venice
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    There are already some apps that can read mail, the problem is that they can't be integrated with the operating system.
    All apps and links will always open Apple Mail even if another mail app is installed.
  6. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
  7. Russell L macrumors regular

    Russell L

    Aug 10, 2006
    San Francisco
    Can you queue messages in Sparrow (sending a message on or after a certain date/time)? If so, I'm sold!

    (Eudora used to have this ability, which I used a LOT.)
  8. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    silly question, what does sparrow do? like whats the difference between the stock mail?
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    So am I. Honestly, I can't really think of any way it could be improved for my usage when I'm mobile.

    An alternative certainly could bring features that I never knew I needed though. Hopefully this will get approved (I don't see why not) and spur some competition.
  10. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    People said the exact same thing about Opera Mini.
  11. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Sparrow rules for the Mac, especially in terms of UI. There's just no comparison, IMHO. Using multiple accounts (especially Gmail) is a seamless experience with Sparrow.

    However, the iPad and iPhone Mail apps are superb. I don't see Sparrow as a replacement in these two instances.
  12. NAG macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    They could get rid of the horrible pop over interface when in portrait mode. Apple needs to learn that pop overs like that are the new drawers from OS X (Apple, just copy the Twitter app interface already).

    As far as Sparrow for mac, I'm messing around with the demo of 1.3.2 with a temporary gmail account (craigslist stuff) and I don't really see the appeal over OS X Mail. Admittedly, I don't really use gmail beyond the occasional throw away account so maybe I'm missing something. So the better gmail support doesn't make up for the lack of multiple signatures. And I oddly like OS X Mail's way of conversation handling better (although it would be nice if there was an easy way to include your replies in the threads).

    Sparrow easily beats 10.6 Mail, but 10.7...not so much for me.
  13. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I agree completely.
  14. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    I actually like that. I think it works well enough.
  15. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I wouldn't go that far. I find it really frustrating that I can't send email to groups that I've created. I can only add contacts one by one. That's a huge and unnecessary pain. If I need to do a lot of e-mail, I avoid my iOS devices unless I have no other choice.
  16. FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    If Sparrow makes iOS users more likely to use Sparrow instead of Safari to read their Gmail mailboxes, then Google would get fewer ad displays. That would be good for Apple, right?

    Am I thinking too hard?
  17. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
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    I highly doubt it gets any traction on iOS devices. Why spend $'s when the stock app is already an excellent one?
  18. vjl323 macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2005
    Western North Carolina
    For most users, you are correct. However, there are people who will purchase a different browser and a different calendar client for iOS. Those people are power users who need more features. Apple's Mail app is very basic and not useful for folks who get a volume of e.mail. Unfortunately, e.mail apps are still banned from the App Store [many developers, including myself, have tried to submit better e.mail apps and we've all been rejected].

    A few features that power users would pay for:

    * sending to groups
    * optional inline/bottom quoting replies
    * flag a message [iOS 5 Mail has this]
    * custom signatures based on account used
    * filter support
    * bounce/redirect support
    * multiple attachment support
    * auto-prune support
    * custom X- header support
    * alternate compose editor support
    * sigdash support
    * FCC support
    * signature at bottom option
    * custom sorting
    * nested folder creation support

    I have a list of over 100 features that I'd like a mail client to support. Many of them are simply preferences and wouldn't clutter up the UI of the mail client. All the features in my personal list are features I use all the time, that's why I built an alternative e.mail app for iOS - it filled a need I had, but until Apple decides to allow alternate mail apps like they do for browsers and calendars, the app will only live on my iOS devices.

    There are some amazing browsers and calendar apps on the App Store that really show how creative developers are in being able to pack so many additional features into an app that has a simple looking UI. I think the same can be said for developers of iOS mail apps as well.

  19. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Too bad that I never got around to test the lite version. The limitation to a Gmail account is absolutely disappointing. I won't create an account just to make a test run. I am a bit reluctant with regard to e-mail clients, so a quick buy is out of the question for me.
  20. snipper macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2004
    At least give us a spamfilter

    I gladly paid for a bayesian spam filter for Mail and it is surprising that Apple still doesn't even allow such a plugin for iOS Mail.
  21. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    Apple already allow Good for Enterprise in the app store and it's basically a mail replacement.

    Of course, with most app rejections, it's mostly based on how anal retentive or how much of a control freak the app reviewer at Apple is.
  22. mdriftmeyer macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2004
    Pacific Northwest
    Please don't speak for the majority. I have a Gmail account that I check once a month. I run Thunderbird on non-OS X boxes. My mail server is IMAP'd. I use Yahoo Mail for other less important stuff, but check it several times a week.

    Thunderbird [Icedove for us Debian Linux users] is version 5 and with all the Calendar, Group addons it's doing just fine. It's a orders faster and more feature rich than GMail.


    What's stopping you from setting up the Mail Host server included in OS X? Turn on IMAP, register your own domain and run all the spam filters you want?
  23. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    I fail to see how all your "I" statements would have anything to do with "the majority". As important you may consider yourself to be, you are probably not the majority all by yourself. Additionally, "a good portion of the modern computing masses" does not even imply anything about a majority. Even without numbers at hand, I'd be prepared to wager that you are not even covered by that statement to begin with...

    You mean other than the nightmare of running and maintaining a server? :rolleyes:
  24. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I feel the same way. Mail 10.7 handily beats Sparrows limited UI. When using Sparrow I feel like I'm using the official Twitter app.

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