Wonderful, Twitter-Like Sparrow E-Mail App Coming To The iPhone



This is one iOS app I am particularly excited about. I’m a huge fan of the Sparrow email client for Mac OS X, and ever since rumors started circulating that claimed the app is coming to iOS, I’ve been itching to get my hands on it. According to the application’s developer, Dominique Leca, Sparrow will land on the iPhone in the coming months.

In an interview with Business Insider, Leca said that the company is hard at work on Sparrow for iPhone, but it wants to ensure that the app is ready for primetime before it hits the App Store. Basically, it doesn’t want to do a Google and release a horrible app that it has to pull two hours after its debut.

Leca said that their focus for Sparrow on iPhone is efficiency:

“We want our user to spend less time on mail. Our goal is to provide an efficient and playful experience,” Leca told [Business Insider]. “But we need to see if the UI we’ve come up with makes as much sense on the iPhone as we thought when we designed it. Our focus is efficiency.”

The Business Insider report claims the iPhone app will be ready “within the coming few months,” so I’m hoping to see it in the App Store before Christmas. As a teaser, Leca provided Business Insider with the image at the top, which is Sparrow running on the iPhone.

I was skeptical about Sparrow for iPhone when I first heard the rumors. I had no doubt it would be a wonderful app — just like its Mac counterpart — but I was concerned it wouldn’t make it past Apple’s App Store approval process. However, the introduction of an official Gmail app for the iPhone suggests the Cupertino company is now happy to accept third-party email clients.

If you haven’t already experienced Sparrow, there’s a free version for the Mac available in the Mac App Store — go check it out!

[via AppAdvice]

  • James

    can’t find the free version…?

  • ryanc

    Sparrow is $9.99…. not free 

  • Billy Hegedus

    Go to sparrow’s website to download the free version, however, in the free version you can only use gmail and you can’t have multiple accounts. Plus, there’s ads. 

    But Killian, after seeing SO many posts about Sparrow on CoM, I finally gave in and gave it a try. I love it. Thanks for your recommendations! 

  • prof_peabody

    I find Sparrow *looks* pretty, but it doesn’t actually impress me as an email app.  It’s sort of like an email app for kids.  

    I mean how can anyone “star” something with a straight face, once one is over the age of five?

  • Clark Wallace
  • Ray

    No MS exchange support.  For those of us trapped with it at work this will be a no go.

  • mike_key

    Am I the only one that thinks there is nothing really that special about Sparrow. It’s nice and it’s minimilist, but it lacks a lot of features.

  • pekerman

    Talking about Sparrow. In the Mac version, I don’t like to open an email with an attachment and have to wait for the archive to be downloaded. Is there an option to activate that tells to Sparrow to download every attachment, even if the email is unread? Another thing is that I would like to have integration with other apps, like iCal. May be I don’t know how to activate those options. Thank your for the help you can provide to me. Excellent blog!