Apple’s iOS 6 is chock-full of exciting new features, from a smarter Siri to an all-new Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation. But you don’t have to wait until the Fall to get a refreshed version of iOS. Independent developers have worked hard to build upon Apple’s default applications, providing some much-needed improvements to the apps we use every day.
If you’re ready for something new on your iPhone these applications are perfect replacements for Apple’s defaults. Many of these apps are great on the iPad too.
For such an important application, the default iPhone Mail app lacks some important features. Fortuantely, there’s Sparrow, an app designed to provide “an efficient and pleasant mailing experience.”
Sparrow is perfect for Gmail users, fully supporting archiving, email alias’, and labels. The user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. Sparrow doesn’t yet provide push notifications, but pair Sparrow with the push notification manager app Boxcar and you have a perfect Mail replacement. It’s currently only available for the iPhone, but according to the company website the iPad version should be available very soon.