Thank you for the excellent article on alternatives to Apple Mail. As someone who’s always keen to make improvements to the way I work, I’d hoped that this analysis would help enhance my email experience over and above that of Apple Mail.
Regrettably, you seem to have missed off a significant factor, which is that there’s no mention if any of these email clients work across all Apple devices. The ability to use a single email client, such as Apple Mail that synchronises automatically across iMac, iPad, and iPhone is absolutely critical. An email system that only works with just my Mac is of little use these days. Could you advise if any of those email clients mentioned work across all Apple platforms? Paul Cynamon Christopher Phin says: With email, the syncing across different devices isn’t generally done by the client, but by your actual email service. Most providers these days use a protocol called IMAP, which is what keeps your read items, flags, folders and so on in sync, depending on the level of support in the app. The clients just display the data they receive from the email servers. This means you can use any combination of Mac client, iPad client and iPhone client – you don’t have to use one from the same company across platforms to keep them in sync. This includes Apple’s Mail clients on Mac and iOS – they don’t work together because they’re both Apple. They work together because your email provider tells them to. Our group test was just of Mac email clients, but we’ll consider looking at iOS ones in the future.