sparrowlogo 1Last month, popular OS X alternative mail client Sparrow arrived on the iPhone -- but without "push email", something considered essential for a modern email client.

The reason Sparrow lacks push is related to which notification API's Apple allows app developers to use, but the developer promises a fix in a blog post today about the new Sparrow version 1.1 update:

What’s up on Push?

Thanks to your amazing support, we feel confident that Apple might revise its position on the Push API. We’ll submit a first version of Sparrow 1.2 including it. This might delay Sparrow 1.2 validation but we’re already working with some partners to include Push in future versions of Sparrow without needing Apple clearance.

Push is coming. With or without Apple.

Sparrow for iPhone is available for $2.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

enklined Avatar
160 months ago
I'm not sure what the hold up is?
Can't they just turn notifications on and route the emails through a server that would tell them when you have new messages?
That's probably what they were referring to with the "without Apple" part.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jclardy Avatar
160 months ago
I'm not sure what the hold up is?
Can't they just turn notifications on and route the emails through a server that would tell them when you have new messages?

That is a way to do it, but it requires them to receive everyone's incoming mail.

I doubt they could afford the server costs for more than a month with their current price point.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PlaceofDis Avatar
160 months ago
its a great app. i actually prefer their iOS app to the built in mail app. to get around the push issue/notifications i left the default mail app's notifications on but use sparrow to read and write my emails. its a much better interface and i love that we know what they're working on because some of the little issues i've had with it are features they're going to add.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rwilliams Avatar
160 months ago
I've seen some of the features on their website, but nothing looks too far off of what the default mail app offers. To anyone who uses the Sparrow app, what makes it better than the default mail app?

The UI is nicer, and it just feels much faster and lighter than the stock mail app. I thought I'd miss push email, but I'm glad that the phone isn't chiming or the dock badge updating all the time.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
skillz1318 Avatar
160 months ago
I love the app and haven't misse push but it will be nice to have it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
applesith Avatar
160 months ago
I always think of the paper airplane game app when i see that icon.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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