Tweaking Email: Pull to Refresh and Group Email

The list of Apple oversights in what is included in their iOS updates keeps growing.  Group emails is an obvious deficit in the iOS.  How many times have you found yourself away from your desktop and needed to send an email to a group of friends, only to have to enter them individually?  I send out weekly emails to several groups of friends and colleagues.  Sometimes I’m away from my desktop and curse having to firstly remember who is in the group, and secondly having to enter each individual in the “to:” field.  As usual, there are apps that have been created to fill the gaps where Apple has dropped the ball.  For group emails, I recently downloaded Contacts Group Manager (99 cents in iTunes).  It is an app with a single function: create a group by choosing recipients from your contacts.  Once created, you can select the group and send an email or SMS.  There are more complicated (and more expensive) apps that include the ability to send photos and attachments, but this serves my purpose nicely.  It is compatible with the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad running iOS 4.0 or later.

A second email tweak released today in the Cydia store is Pull to Refresh for Mail (free).  Similar to the Facebook  and Twitter apps, the user just pulls down within the email account, and new emails appear.  This is a nice feature when managing multiple email accounts on your phone and you want to refresh the most necessary account.  This app is compatible with iOS 3.x and 4.0 and requires mobile substrate.

A big “thank you” for the devs out there who make the iPhone email experience what it should have been in the first place!

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