Sparrow iPhone App Launches Worldwide Starting in the UK [UPDATED]

Update 1: Sparrow is now available in Canada. There’s no push, but our Boxcar tutorial will help you work around that. Also, Exchange/POP accounts are not supported, only IMAP.


Sparrow for iPhone is slowly propagating worldwide across all the App Stores, as the highly anticipated iPhone mail client has finally been released. Originally created for the Mac, Sparrow is set to be seen as the first real viable alternative to Apple’s Mail app, for a price of £1.99. You can check out the first early in-depth review from MacStories.

Loren Brichter, the founder of Tweetie (now the mashed up twitter app) has been an advisor to Sparrow, so expect some of his influence to be felt throughout the app.

iTunes description below:

Sparrow is an iPhone mail client designed with love to provide you with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience.
With its pane navigation, its new threading system and many
new features, you’ll never look back.

Warning: Sparrow does not support POP accounts yet.


– Full IMAP support:
Use your Gmaill, Google Apps, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Mobile Me and custom IMAP accounts.
– Unified Inbox
All your mails in a unique mailbox.
– Attachments
Directly attach photos & images when composing a mail. No more cumbersome back and forth with your photo library.
– Up & down your conversations
Swipe up of down on a message to navigate a conversation.
– Everything is a swipe away
Swipe once to uncover your mailboxes, labels and folders.
Swipe again to get to your account list.
– Faces
Mail is much nicer with your friends’ profile pictures.
– Message swipe
Star, add a label, archive or delete a conversation right away simply by swiping a message.
– Smart contacts
Your most frequent contacts on top of the list.
– Quick mailbox switch
Navigate between your inbox, unread and favorites by tapping/swiping the top bar.
– Mark all as read
One click to rule them all. You can also press a message for a few seconds to mark it as read/unread.
– Thread view
Tap the top bar in the conversation to quickly navigate all messages in a thread.
– Pull to refresh
Finally, the simplest way to refresh comes to email.
– Priority Inbox support
Automatically identify your important email and separates it out from everything else.
– Alias
Have a pro and a private mail address? Use alias to keep things separated.
– Powerful search
Local and remote search allow you to find the mail you’re looking for.

And many more features crafted with love to discover:
– Quick sender switch in compose window
– Mark all as read
– Read/unread with a long press on a message cell
– Reply all quick switch…

Coming in future versions
– Localization
– Landscape mode
– Built-in browser
– Send and Archive
– Only show specific label/folder

Sparrow for iPhone should hit the Canadian App Store later tonight or earlier tomorrow morning. I’m interested in taking its swiping gestures for a test drive.