SplitMail for iPad [jailbreak]

Tweak of the week: SplitMail-for-iPad [jailbreak]

SplitMail is a jailbreak tweak for iPad that adds access to your mailbox list in portrait mode. Sometimes you just don't want to use landscape mode and since stock iOS limits Mail in portrait mode, this is a great fix.

By default stock iOS hides the mail list when you're in portrait until you've either tapped the All Inboxes button or rotated to landscape mode. Even then your messages don't appear in their entirety off to the right and the minute you tap somewhere else your mailbox list is gone. I am frequently jumping from folder to folder when organizing and sorting messages so portrait mode on an iPad has always been an annoyance to me.

SplitMail for iPad solves this problem in an instant since there's nothing to configure. Just install the tweak, restart your Springboard (you'll be prompted to do so), and then pop into your Mail app. You'll now notice that your mailbox list will stay static on the left of the screen instead of disappearing each time you go into a message or tap outside of it.

It will give you less screen real estate to work with when viewing messages in portrait mode but it's a compromise many will probably be willing to make for a consistent experience. And if you need more room to read or browse an e-mail you can always rotate your iPad into landscape mode.

I've found this feature to be quite useful when my iPad is docked and I don't want to have to pull it off just to sort through e-mails. It's free so what are you waiting for? Give it a try!

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Allyson Kazmucha

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SplitMail for iPad [jailbreak]


I used to use SplitMail, but there's a nice gesture built into Mail which is usually overlooked, and makes me not use it anymore: Just swipe from left to right in portrait and the Inbox/messages list comes in. You can swipe it away, or tap a message to hide it again. It's really elegant–far, far better than tapping the "All Inboxes" button upper left. I can't stand doing that.

Agreed. I used to use Split mail. However, swiping from left to right to bring the email list works great. And you still benefit from a bigger landscape.
JR +1

I agree with the above comments, tried split mail... Uninstalled after 2 days. Didn't like the look/feel of it. Cleaner and easier to use the swipe gesture.

I, too, grabbed SplitMail and enjoyed it for a few days. When I encountered a bug in which the toolbar buttons wouldn't respond (compose, reply, etc) until I quit/restarted mail, I contacted the dev for support. He then curtly told me this was made during "Tweak Week" during which he was releasing a free tweak a day for a week but offering support for none of it.
Nice that a support-less app made its way to the Cydia home page.
I've since uninstalled.