Sparrow for iPhone 1.1 has just landed in the App Store and includes some nice new features like Send and Archive, a built-in web browser, icon badge preferences, and more. Most of these additions were supposed to be included in version 1.0 of the app but couldn't quite fit the Sparrow team's deadline. Among these new features, Send & Archive is a standout because it works just how you'd expect it to. If you turn on Send & Archive, a new button replaces Send, but if you hold it down, a normal Send button appears that you can tap. Here's a full list of the new features:
- Web browser — opens whenever you tap a link inside an email so you don't need to open Safari. There are no URL or navigation buttons inside the browser, which we like.
- Send & Archive — if you enable Send & Archive, "Send & A." will replace your Send button. Hold down the new button to activate a drop down that contains plain old Send.
- Empty trash / spam — if you tap Edit inside the Trash or Spam folders, you'll find a new "Empty" button for clearing out Spam and Trash.
- Dock badge preferences — it's now simple to pick which accounts you want to populate the red "unread" badge on Sparrow's app icon.
- Show / hide labels — just like in the desktop version of Sparrow, you can now flip on/off showing specific labels inside Sparrow.
- Including attachments with forwarded messages — when you forward a message using Sparrow, you can now choose whether or not you want to include the attachment tied to the email you're forwarding.
- Bug fixes — the app now includes a new "pull to refresh" action for Starred and Unread inboxes, video attachments now display full screen, etc.
Unfortunately, there's still no landscape or POP account support in Sparrow, but we're told these two features (as well as Push, through a third-party solution server or otherwise) are coming in the next update. And while Sparrow is still tough to rely on as a primary email client since it doesn't have push notifications for email, these new features make it even more compelling as a Mail app replacement. Sparrow noted in a blog post today:
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.