While Google's Gmail is still in "beta", they done a lot of good stuff for the iPhone including a quirky but usable IMAP implementation so we can keep mail synced on our mobile, desktop, and cloud. But Gmai's quirkiness isn't restricted to IMAP, the whole concept of GMail just "thinks different", from it's April 1st, everyone-thought-it-was-a-joke launch, to its labels rather than folders, stars rather than flags, and flat search rather than hierarchical sort.
All this leads some to consider a separate GMail client for the iPhone, rather than leaving it bundled into Apple's own MobileMail app. The Google Android G1 goes this route. You have one app for Gmail and another app for all your other mail. Would we ever see this on the iPhone?
Ars Technica spoke with Gmail Product Manager Todd Jackson, who had this to say (or rather, not say):
he did leave the possibility of a dedicated iPhone client on the table
But what would this mean?