The face of email hasn’t changed much through the years. The inbox is always full. Too many people send cc’s when they should not. Spam remains a scourge. Apple’s Mac Mail app is chock full of features these days.
That growth in complexity has generated something of a cottage industry for email application alternatives. Airmail. Spark. Newton. Canary Mail brings a different perspective to email, sans a few features I need, but with a few features I want with email.
Canary Mail comes with more than a few of the more recently popular email buzzwords. Think encryption with a click. Got PGP? Canary lets you manage keys and exchange encrypted email. As with many of the newer, less complicated, more streamlined email apps, Canary has filters, natural language search, and an inbox that is, uh, well, somewhat focused.
Canary for iPhone and iPad carries over many of the same functions, including a few absolute killer features that you won’t find in Apple’s Mail– macOS or iOS.
First, you can Snooze messages and deal with them later. If an email message is a subscription type, one-click does the Unsubscribe for you. Yes, there are Templates but they’re not like those in Mail. Think frequently used email types.
One of the best features is Read Notifications. That’s right. You can get a notification when one of your email messages has been opened by the recipient.
Canary plays nice-nice with basic email standards, too, including options for IMAP email, plus Gmail, iCloud, Office 365, and Yahoo! Mail. You can also save files to Google Drive or Dropbox.
Wait. What’s the big deal about Watch?
Canary announced that the email app will be among the first to work on Watch with LTE– without an iPhone.
That’s right. No iPhone. Yes, you’ll have to setup Canary for iOS on iPhone, but once it’s up and running, Watch with LTE users will be able to get email without their iPhone being nearby. That’s just what we need. Email chasing us while we jog around town.
Canary is free to try and the in-app purchase takes care of the price tag. iPhone X users will appreciate the OLED display mode and Watch users with LTE will
appreciate enjoy have the privilege get email without iPhone being nearby. The standalone Watch Canary is beta, but then again, are not all apps just beta?