Steve Jobs confirms universal mailbox coming to iPhone OS

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has been on somewhat of an email rampage as of late, with many customers who email him getting a (brief) reply to their questions. One such case, reported by The Unofficial Apple Weblog, has revealed that the iPhone OS will be getting a feature requested for since its initial release: a universal email inbox.

The emailer in question, one Julio Rodriguez, asked Jobs if the iPhone will ever get a universal email inbox to help manage multiple email accounts at once, instead of having to switch between them. Jobs answered with nothing more than, "Yep," which leads one to assume that the feature will make its debut in the iPhone OS 4.0 (which will most likely be released in a few months), or possibly in a release of the mobile operating system which could coincide with the launch of the iPad on April 3. 

Apple has slowly but steadily remedied the common complaints about its mobile device range since the initial release, with copy & paste functionality implemented last year, and other tweaks made as time has progressed. For those skeptical about the authenticity of the email, a screenshot of the headers was included, showing the email client (Mail on the iPad) and mail servers used, both giving strong evidence that Jobs was indeed the sender.

It's an odd thing to see Steve Jobs give away upcoming features to Apple products, though if the email is to be trusted, expect to see this long-needed improvement soon.

 

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Why hasn't anyone mentioned that Gmail does this already!

/really, there's nothing wrong with adding a new feature, no reason to get all prissy about others doing it already
//these same people panic if you make fun of Chrome 5-dot-oh adding features other browsers already have

Joshie said,
Why hasn't anyone mentioned that Gmail does this already!

/really, there's nothing wrong with adding a new feature, no reason to get all prissy about others doing it already
//these same people panic if you make fun of Chrome 5-dot-oh adding features other browsers already have

Why do you ignore dozens of comments en route to posting about what is or isn't in those dozens of comments you didn't read?

Well, you can tell he was using an iPad because he couldn't be bothered to type more than 3 letters in its "keyboard".

ZeroHour said,
I hope its optional personally as I like the way it is tbh.

It most likely will be, like how it is on WebOS. You'll probably have a universal inbox that you can use, or you can drill down into each of your individual mailboxes.

This will be a great feature but I've just been forwarding all my email to my MobileMe account so they all end up on my iPhone in one mailbox anyway. Kind of a rough workaround but it's fine. I just wish the Mail.app gave you the option of replying with a chosen email address, like Mail on Mac OS X.

andrewbares said,

And you achieved nothing.


Ohh he did..he became the troll himself...he cant distinguish a light-hearted remark....

zagor said,

Ohh he did..he became the troll himself...he cant distinguish a light-hearted remark....

Also, I may have flamed the troll, but was not trolling. Learn the difference.

Shadrack said,

Also, I may have flamed the troll, but was not trolling. Learn the difference.

Oh, look the troll chain is so long. *assumes troll shape* LOL

Shadrack said,
Sounds cool! I have 5 email addresses I check with my iPhone and this would definitly help.

LOL. iPhone has been out for how long?!? Gmail has been able to do this for years (downloads via POP3 and tags messages based on the account they came from), therefor allowing Android to have the same functionality. Presumably, iPhone users could do the same thing with Gmail...

vaximily said,

LOL. iPhone has been out for how long?!? Gmail has been able to do this for years (downloads via POP3 and tags messages based on the account they came from), therefor allowing Android to have the same functionality. Presumably, iPhone users could do the same thing with Gmail...

Ok. And? My phone checks my emails just fine... this is just putting them all on the same screen. It will be a nice feature but you talk like Google hung the moon or something.

vaximily said,

LOL. iPhone has been out for how long?!? Gmail has been able to do this for years (downloads via POP3 and tags messages based on the account they came from), therefor allowing Android to have the same functionality. Presumably, iPhone users could do the same thing with Gmail...

I'm not even sure why this was brought up. Yes, Gmail can do this, and when you link other accounts to your Gmail account, you could get them that way on the iPhone. That really has nothing to do with the topic though, as this is just the logical pooling of all your accounts into one inbox. Not everybody uses Gmail or chooses to use that feature. I know I cannot get my exchange mail through POP3 at the time.

NeoTrunks said,
I'm not even sure why this was brought up. Yes, Gmail can do this, and when you link other accounts to your Gmail account, you could get them that way on the iPhone. That really has nothing to do with the topic though, as this is just the logical pooling of all your accounts into one inbox. Not everybody uses Gmail or chooses to use that feature. I know I cannot get my exchange mail through POP3 at the time.

1. My point was that anybody who wanted a single mailbox could have done this all along, so Apple just now updating their OS to match is a little late in the game IMHO. It's not like this (or Copy & Paste, or a dozen other features they took ages to implement) is hard to accomplish...
2. You should be able to get your exchange mail with POP3 unless your admin decided to disable that for some reason?
3. You can get your exchange mail through IMAP either way. =)

vaximily said,

1. My point was that anybody who wanted a single mailbox could have done this all along, so Apple just now updating their OS to match is a little late in the game IMHO. It's not like this (or Copy & Paste, or a dozen other features they took ages to implement) is hard to accomplish...

Assuming they wanted to funnel all email through Google. I have gmail pulling in 2 old POP accounts, but I still like having another account (the one attached to my web site) which is more private.

I'm pretty sure it's his intern or assistant answering those e-mails. People get so excited over this stuff.

"OMG Steve Jobs answered MY e-mail!!!".

Tim Dawg said,
I'm pretty sure it's his intern or assistant answering those e-mails. People get so excited over this stuff.

"OMG Steve Jobs answered MY e-mail!!!".


im pretty sure that steve answers stuff like this...that is his style...simple..straight...and to the point. besides..do you think his assistant would be allowed to use the hold the precious...the precious ipad...i think not

Tim Dawg said,
I'm pretty sure it's his intern or assistant answering those e-mails. People get so excited over this stuff.

"OMG Steve Jobs answered MY e-mail!!!".


He has the "Apple Executive Relations Dept.".

From my personal experience, having gotten really angry with an experience at an apple-authorized support center in Canada, I sent an e-mail to the iCEO. Within three hours, I got a call from someone at the aforementioned department, who gave me his personal guarantee (and personal phone number) that my problem would be dealt with.

Thankfully, the support center (on the 8th visit) got its stuff sorted out, and fixed my computer without me having to use it.

I've since forgotten the rep's name and number, but the turnaround time of the experience really made me feel better about Apple's support.

(Also, since then we've gotten an Apple store, so I don't have to go to the repair center)

Windows7even said,

im pretty sure that steve answers stuff like this...that is his style...simple..straight...and to the point. besides..do you think his assistant would be allowed to use the hold the precious...the precious ipad...i think not
Well I'd also imagine an intern would be a bit more professional than "yup" as well. The boss gets a bit more freedom I'd assume.

Smigit said,
Well I'd also imagine an intern would be a bit more professional than "yup" as well. The boss gets a bit more freedom I'd assume.

Yeah, if you just got a message from the executive support department it would be a few pages of boilerplate.