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.
- Read Tracking – Canary notifies you instantly when your email is read.
- Email Snooze – Declutter your Inbox in an instant and deal with emails at your convenience.
- Unified Inbox – Canary features a unified inbox and supports Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook, FastMail and universal IMAP.
- Fully Local – Your emails are encrypted and stored locally and securely on your Mac, not on an online server.
- Gmail Labels and Filters – Canary supports labels and social/promotional email segregation that Gmail users love.
- Attachments Browser – Quickly find, download, and open every file that you’ve ever sent or received.
- Quick Reply – Compose at the speed of thought with inline replies and direct keyboard shortcuts for your favorite contacts.
- Powerful Search – Instantly find an email with powerful predicate-based search that works even when you’re offline.
- Amazing Performance – Canary is engineered to offer an incredibly snappy user experience, with minimal CPU and RAM use.
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 set up Canary for iOS on iPhone but once it’s up and running then Watch with LTE will be able to get email without the iPhone being nearby. That’s just what we need. Email chasing us while we jog around town.
Canary for iOS has a nominal price tag; especially considering it has PGP secure email. The Mac version is on the Mac App Store and has a price tag. iPhone X, Xs, and Max users will appreciate the OLED display mode and Watch users with LTE will
appreciate enjoy have the privilege to receive email without iPhone being nearby.