Mailbox for iPad (teaser 001)

Mailbox, the popular Gmail-based email application for the iPhone and iPod touch that Dropbox snapped up back in March, has been updated with native iPad support. Yes, you can now triage your email on the bigger screen. Taking best ideas from the iPhone build and borrowing cues from Apple’s stock Mail app on iPad, Mailbox on your Apple tablet increases your productivity by dividing the interface in landscape mode into two columns: the lefthand one which lists your email messages, with message content rendered on the right side. We’ve gut the full breakdown and a promo video right below the fold…

At the top of your message list are familiar icons to switch between your inbox, archive and snoozed messages. If you want to reach your folder list, just tap the menu button in the upper left.

It’s a bit surprising that the iPad edition works only in landscape, but the team confirmed they’ll be adding portrait orientation soon.

Mailbox 1.3 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Of course, you can use the familiar short and long swipes to either side to perform various operations on one or more messages (try swiping two or more messages at once).

Mailbox 1.3 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

The new Mailbox version 1.3 lands itself particularly well to composing new messages, especially with that big full-size keyboard. Unfortunately, the team made a mistake by implementing compose window as a tiny sheet which doesn’t take full advantage of the iPad’s bigger canvas so that’s certainly something we’d very much love to see fixed in a future update.

Mailbox 1.3 for iOS (iPad screenshot 005)

For those wondering, all changes you make in Mailbox for iPad will be reflected on all your other devices, including Mailbox for iPhone – no need to open both at once.

Mailbox 1.3 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

As for plans for the future, the team is considering a Mac app, adding portrait orientation, support for launching links in Google’s Chrome and more. And even though Mailbox is limited to Gmail and Google Apps accounts only, they’re planning on adding more clients “as we grow.”

Mailbox 1.3 for iOS (iPad screenshot 004)

With today’s update, Mailbox fans can finally swipe their way to inbox zero on all their iOS devices.

Oh, and the application is now available without having to wait in line in order to use it.

The new Mailbox is available now, free of charge.

  • Bob

    Still no Hotmail support.

    • David Villamizar

      Not even Microsoft support Hotmail anymore D:

    • How come iPhone and iPad are widespread among corporate users and no one bothers to develop something with Exchange support? Good job… but no thanks (yes, again!).

  • I can’t sign in 🙁 the allow permission is unclickable

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Same here.

  • Am I the only one who has a problem with this app and push notifications on the iPhone?

    • alan

      Same problem

    • Rico Haze

      Push notifications are delayed, sometimes they don’t even show up, emailed support no reply. Eh.

    • Guest

      I have to keep deleting and reinstalling to get it to work

  • I don’t like the landscape only orientation. I rarely hold my ipad mini that way. Would love to see portrait orientation available. Other than that, the app is pretty much the one I know and love.

  • Al

    The fact it’s ONLY a gmail supportive app.. Proves this app is limited.

    • Andrew Roth

      No big deal to just set up forwarding from your other account to your G Mail.

      • Al

        Some accounts charge you to forward your account… Case in point Yahoo. But I’d rather keep the stock Mail app, since my Mail app stays automatically in the background processes.

  • Ian

    It looks…so…beautiful…*sniff*

  • David Fabian

    Gmail + Google Apps (lucky me). Looking forward to when they add the holy grail of iOS features: adding attachments to messages (Btw, Jailbreakers should check out AnyAttach for this functionality). Also, a desktop client would be great, I think a chrome extension/web app would be suitable to start.

  • weztimonial

    Not really suitable for the iPad. And its only in landscape orientation.

  • Scott

    Not really any better than using stock mail app for iOS. At least that allows both hotmail and gmail together in one consolidated inbox.

    Not super impressed. Deleted after 5 mins. Shows I have 1600 emails in the notification bubble. My stock mail app shows 6.

    Great integration with gmail.

  • By downloading the Gmail app you have all that you need with Native mail support. This app is just clutter at this point, and inserts unwanted folders in gmail (laptop) browser

  • retace

    Same for me. Using iPad 2 WiFi jailbroken on 6.1.2.

  • Man, I’ve read this twice from you in a few seconds. Have you realized you can’t reply using your Hotmail account email if you forward to Gmail? Not everyone is interested nor finds forwarding appealing, or even useful; I -personally- think doing that makes your business look cheap instead of serious.
    The only time I forwarded stuff from one account to another is when I NO LONGER want to use it.
    Again, I’m hoping they add all the other services they need to add, but start with Exchange. That being said, no thanks again.

    • iiku

      you can send email by using your hotmail or yahoo address from gmail. just google it.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Would it work for Exchange as well? Cause that’s what I use for work (and no, I would never want anyone to see my personal email on a corporate level).

  • Nguyễn Trung Dũng

    Please support send with origin pictures. Current, it’s sending with the picture reduces quality

  • iiku

    ipad3 6.1.2 jailbroken. it launches but in an iPhone mode.