Software quick-fire questions
Is POP better when using two or more
No, it would be worse. POP delivery services automatically delete messages from the server once delivered to a client. So, a message downloaded onto your
iPhone would be removed from the server, and your Mac wouldn’t see it at all. Some email services provide an option to keep messages on the server, though.
Would running my
own server deal with these issues?
Not really, as the server would still have to run the standard IMAP protocol. OS X Server is inexpensive, but it’s not trivial to set up as a mail server, on top of which you would have to keep your Mac running and connected to the internet at all times for it to work.
Email is one of OS X Server’s more complex features.