Popular iOS Email App 'Spark' Expands to the iPad

Readdle's iPhone email app Spark has proven to be quite popular since it launched in May of 2015, and as of today, it's expanding to the iPad. Spark is now available on all of Apple's tablets, from the 7.9-inch iPad mini 4 to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Spark is unique because it includes a "Smart Inbox" that's able to filter emails to show you the most unread important messages first. It's able to tell if an email is personal, a notification, or a newsletter, processing it accordingly. It's designed to let users check to see if an email is important at a glance.

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Like many iOS mail apps, Spark uses swipes to quickly delete and archive incoming emails. It includes a pinning feature (stars in Gmail) to denote tasks that need to be completed immediately, and there's a snooze feature for putting off emails until another day. Built-in quick replies let users reply to messages with pre-selected messages, a feature that's useful on the Apple Watch, and there's a smart search for finding messages based on name and time frame.

Spark's update optimizes the app for all screen sizes, from iPhone to iPad, and it includes a revamped design. Other new features include additional languages (English, German, Chinese Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese are available) and support for watchOS 2.

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Readdle is also working on a Spark app for the Mac, but the company says "it will take some time" to create "the best email client for Mac out there."

Spark can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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8 months ago

No. The built-in Mail app is just perfect.


Said no one ever.
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8 months ago

No. The built-in Mail app is just perfect.


Disagree. The iOS Mail.app does not include 'snoozes' for email. This is a hugely popular and useful feature in a lot of peoples' opinion.
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8 months ago

No. The built-in Mail app is just perfect.


You're both wrong. I have a vision for what the perfect mail app is, but I've never found the time to actually build it, yet.
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8 months ago

it works well enough for my needs that I've never felt the need to look into a third party replacement. Actually that statement sounds like it's just satisfactory enough that I haven't felt compelled to look; I've never had any complaints, this is one of the things that actually does "just work".


Negatory there ghost rider. I have had the mail app crash repeatedly, fail to open attachments until I reboot my phone, long standing issues with adding gmail accounts in the mail app and continuous phantom unread email indicator that won't go away. These issues occur with my iPhone and my wife's iPhones 5, 6 & 6sPlus over the years. I welcome a 3rd party mail app and will look to see if it works better than the built-in mail app.
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8 months ago

Said no one ever.


Agreed. Maybe for someone whose email consists of 1-5 emails per day or pics of their cat, but no one the least bit serious about email considers that stock app near good; unless they are forced to use it per their work/company and have no choice.

No basic things even gmail/outlook on the PC have- no threaded view (you can but it's so convoluted to get to it's not worth doing), no snoozing email. It's just archaic and good for personal email and that's about it.

CloudMagic still the most complete email solution available (iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Wear). Love their clean, intuitive interface with powerful service integrations.


Same as above. Good for personal email, but missing basics like landscape view and gmail aliases every other 3rd party app out there now offers.
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8 months ago
Then it sells to Google, and then Google decides to pull the plug. The faith of email apps.
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8 months ago

Spark is really the only email app you need.


No. The built-in Mail app is just perfect.
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8 months ago
Spark is really the only email app you need.
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8 months ago

CloudMagic still the most complete email solution available (iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Wear). Love their clean, intuitive interface with powerful service integrations.


The UI is clean and nice indeed but that is about it. It lacks so much features I really like and need which are:
- can't search in e-mails older then 2/3 months
- snooze e-mails
- swipe left (short/long)
- landscape view
- save e-mail as PDF
- build in calendar
- attach multiple files from the cloud in one go (like Spark has)
- option to show attachments above the email message (like Outlook does)

There is also a general e-mail app discussion going on here ('//forums.macrumors.com/threads/alternative-mail-apps.1949245/') and I've also created an overview here ('//forums.macrumors.com/threads/e-mail-apps-that-support-idevice-cloud-attachments.1912468/') of all apps and their (lack of) features.

Something is wrong with yours then because it works fine here, even for gmail.

Do realize that the "push" is going through their serves to push you the notifications. It is not push email as in Exchange.


Make sure you guys set your notifications to "All" when you set your account(s) up. Otherwise it sometimes defaults to "Smart" and that's why you get inconsistent badges, etc.


It did seem to work yesterday but somehow not anymore this morning. The badge app icon only works with background app refresh on and then still sometimes doesn't show a badge number. I've turned on 'show badge' within the settings of the app for both my e-mail accounts and for 'new messages only' is ticked. it although when you open the app you see new e-mails. I have also allowed showing the badge app icon in the 'Settings app' > 'Notifications' for Spark. In the Spark app 'Protect Notifications Actions' is turned off (at Settings > Privacy). I have my e-mail set to fetch every 30 minutes now for Spark and have also turned on background app refresh for Spark (only). This morning I had 4 e-mail but didn't see a badge icon although this was all set. As soon as I opened the Spark app I noticed the 4 new e-mail showing up and these were all send in the night when the iPhone was in standby.

Thank you Jessica for your tip!! That was the solution to the badge 'problem'. You have to go to the Spark app > Settings > Accounts > press each mail account and set Notification Preferences to 'All'. In my case it was set to 'Smart' with one account and another was set to 'No notifications' for some reason. Maybe it would be good if this was set to 'All' as a standard.

I had see this FAQ page ('https://helpspot.readdle.com/spark/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=662') at Readdle's Spark website but didn't read it all. So dumb.

The way you can attach multiple images to a mail (which should be easy to do for Apple) makes spark my default mail app!
Keep believing that!


One of the unique features of Spark is indeed that you can attach multiple files (PDF/DOC whatever) in one go from a cloud storage location.
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8 months ago

Despite other apps working fine with it, according to Spark, my email provider "doesn't allow remote connections" and hence Spark can't enable notifications. It gets the mail ok, but won't tell me about it until I open the app. Unfortunately, that one bit of missing functionality takes it from useful to useless immediately.

If I notice anyone else having, and fixing, similar issues I'll give it another go. The stock mail app isn't actually that bad but the Spark interface is interesting.


Odd maybe email their support. It may simply be something that can't be fixed other than using the stock mail app unfortunately. Apple has deals with some of these services or is set up in a way or something that allows a lot more services to work with it.

Can't really fault the app on that one though.
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