Just over a year ago, I wrote a feature on Mac.AppStorm entitled The Future of Email on OS X. I wrote it as millions of loyal Sparrow users around the world were expressing their discontent at Google buying out their favourite product — understandable, really — as development on the product stopped save for critical bug updates. And it shows — the “latest” version for OS X was released 10 months ago and we never did see the rumoured iPad client, which was a real disappointment.
So this got me thinking: both the Mac and iPhone have seen their share of “alternative email clients”, as I like to dub them, but the iPad has been strangely neglected. The iPhone has seen its fair share of alternative clients, from Dispatch to Triage, but none of these have manifested themselves (yet) into an iPad version. iPad users certainly want an alternative to Mail.app — in a weekly poll we conducted back in March, 73% of you felt that the iPad deserved a better client.
So, in short, what’s the state of alternative iPad email clients?
I can hardly wait for the release of iOS 7, but it’s true that I’ve been seeking out apps that embrace flatter design for a while. While I’m certainly excited for all of the iOS default apps and the rest of the environment to catch up, my iPad is already chock full of apps that are moving on from skeuomorphism. I’m going to run through some of my favorites that are already good to go for iOS 7. (more…)