I’ve been hoping that iOS would eventually get a set of customizable email filters so that I could reduce the amount of spam I deal with on a day-to-day basis. Out of the hundreds of emails that hit my inbox each week, there are really only a handful per day that are worth answering. This is par for the course, I know…but the sheer volume is becoming a distraction, leaving me with less time (or attention) for the messages that actually matter. So email filters seemed like just the way to get things back to manageable.
But then Apple announced the VIP list in iOS 6 and Mountain Lion, which will place emails from specified contacts into a special priority inbox. I wasn’t too keen on this feature until I realized that this feature is essentially a whitelist, and a whitelist is far less hassle to manage than a blacklist. It’s easier to invite a few friends to the party in my inbox than it is to block hundreds of people I don’t want to see. A whitelist for specific email addresses is also a lot more reliable than a catch-all spam filter, which can mistakenly flag important messages as Not Worth Reading.
So when iOS 6 rolls around later this Fall I plan to use the VIP list to the nth degree and treat my regular inbox like a spam folder (to be checked every day or two). In fact, I plan to switch back from Sparrow to the Mountain Lion Mail.app, just so I can try this plan out. I also realize that Gmail has their own comparable Priority Inbox, which came out a while ago, but Gmail isn’t available in a totally native app on iOS, and that makes a big difference to me.
More on this again, soon.