Apple updates Mail in iPhone 4.0 with unified inbox, multiple Exchange accounts, threaded messages


As part of the iPhone 4.0 announcement today, Apple introduced an updated Mail app that includes (as rumored) support for a unified inbox (so all your new home, work, etc. email shows up in one place). Also introduced was threaded conversation, multiple Exchange accounts (hello Exchange + Google Sync), and fast inbox switching.

Does that solve all our iPhone email woes?

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Apple updates Mail in iPhone 4.0 with unified inbox, multiple Exchange accounts, threaded messages


Will multiple Exchange accounts be for mail only, or will they also work for the Calendar? Without the Calendar integration for both, the feature is not quite complete, but the running blogs so far have not been clear.

If unified inbox is optional, I'm okay with it. I don't like having personal and business email mixed in a view.
Where are the folders or junk filters? Is this what they mean by threads?

What I would love would be the ability to search for which mailbox into which I sort an email. For example, I have dozens of folders and subfolders in Exchange for my work email, and when I want to sort something to a folder towards the end of the alphabet I have to scroll all the way down, past all folders and subfolders (which are all automatically shown). If I could search for the folder/subfolder and sort it that way, it would be a HUGE time saver.

It says there will be "fast inbox switching" I assume that means that the unified inbox is optional, and you can still separate your personal and work emails.

Count me among those who don't want the unified inbox. I need my work and personal lives kept separate, thanks. Hopefully this will be optional. Pretty psyched about the multiple exchange account thing, though.

Can any of the developers who have access to this Beta tell us if native push mail from Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server are supported in iPhone 4.0?

Still need to sort out that crappy little ding noise to notify you of a new email that you can just hear and add push message for email

Hoping Unified mail is an option. I do not want to be reading work email when off-work, just like my employer and I wouldn't want to see Yahoo or MobilMe email updates in my Exchange Mail at work. Let my Inboxes be!!

Does anybody know if Exchange Server ActiveSync implementation on the 4.0 OS will set forwarded/replied to flags on messages?

I've discovered a quirk of the existing mail client that hopefully the new one fixes. I have my gmail set up through Exchange, and another IMAP account. When I add the IMAP account, since that doesn't push, my exhange account won't push either and only checks mail at whatever interval the IMAP account is set to fetch. When I remove the IMAP account from my phone, the exchange account pushes fine again. Am I doing something wrong?

msatlas -
Have you got the same problem with POP3 accounts? Assuming that it's not a bug, try:
1. Go to Settings | Mail,... | Fetch New Data
2. Set "Push" to on
3. For your non-push accounts, set the "Fetch" time option to whatever you want
3. Click on "Advanced" and then check to make sure that the various accounts have got the Push / Fetch / Manual options you want

I am testing it at the moment with mailboxes in two different orgs
There is a joint mailbox and also an inbox seperately for each account has so far worked very well and has saved carrying two mobiles

As someone asked earlier, does it have folders for POP3 accounts and filtering? I get hundreds of emails a day. Filling up the inbox makes this app useless. Does anyone know of a full featured email app for the iPad (not an iPhone app).

Running 4.0 Beta 1: set-up with multiple exchange accounts (work/gmail). You have the option to sync mail/calendar/contacts for both. Filters are available in Contacts/Calendars/Mail to view all or for selected account. Works really well :-)

I'm with those who say Leave My Mailboxes Alone! I'm looking for photos of the entire new mail system on the new iPhones. Not enough photos here to get a clear understanding & the tour/photos at apple didn't show squat.
The pic you do have is bad news (on apple's part)!!! ie, putting the big red Delete bar ABOVE the SAVE bar!
If you accidentally touch Delete while you are trying to get to the SAVE bar beneath it, you're screwed.
If the bars were reversed, with SAVE on top & Delete on the bottom, & you accidentally touch Save while you are trying to get to the Delete bar, NO HARM DONE, you HAVENT LOST YOUR EMAIL, you would merely go find it in Drafts & Delete it.
Dangerous way to place those 2 bars. The SimplyTweet Twitter app has theirs the Exact Same Way as in the photo above & I despise it because one slip of the finger & you just DELETED all your typing vs SAVING IT.
Whoever thinks of this stuff is arse-backwards. Common Sense would tell you SAVE should be on top.

I've upgraded to 4.0 OS on iphone 3gs 16gb. My email no longer is pushing any of my yahoo or gmail emails. I have to continuously manually check for any new mail. Setting are on push. Any idea as to when this will be corrected or is there some kind of workaround?

Since upgrading to 4.0 OS I too no longer have mail pushed to all 3 accounts (hotmail, gmail and BT). On the older version this was not a problem. Are Apple planning on putting back or including whatever they did in previous version. It is so frustrating to have to check manually my mail.

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