Apple’s upcoming Mac email changes are possibly the most helpful yet. Typically with an iOS or OS X update, email and the Mail app are often neglected. But not this time, OS X El Capitan arrives this fall – get ready for some small but helpful Mac email changes.
The Mac Email Changes
1. Full Screen Improvements
The first of the new Mac email changes is an improvement to the full-screen view in Mail. Yosemite’s full-screen mode would not let you back into your mailbox, or let you do anything else in Mail until you finished your email. This Mac email change fixes this by allowing you to minimise a mail window, and letting you back into the app without finishing the message. If you’re composing more than one email, each email shows up as a tab, similar to what a browser window does in Safari.
In El Capitan your email message will slide to the bottom of the screen, so you can access your inbox, which is great for copying text or attachments between messages. If you’re managing multiple email threads, you can switch between them with easy to use tabs.
2. Suggestion Feature
Similar to what you experience on iPhone. This Mac email change brings automatic suggestions based on the content of your email. An email containing details for an event like a flight or a reservation, or even a suggestion like “Let’s have drinks at 5,” you will be able to create a Calendar event.
When you receive an email from someone not in your contacts, Mail will also let you add them with a single click. This feature will also let you know when the email address for one of your known contacts has changed.
3. Swipe features
Another important email change that El Capitan is bringing is the swipe feature from the iPhone and iPad. You will be able to easily manage your email with a swipe, just like on your other devices devices. A swipe to the right will mark an email as read or unread and a swipe left will delete the email.
These new Mac email changes that El Capitan is bringing have been a long time coming for most Mac users. A lot of people are now using other email apps to manage their inbox. I wonder if these small tweaks are enough to start people thinking about moving back to the native Mac email client.