A former Apple engineer has designed a Mac app specifically for Gmail.
While Apple’s Mail app supports Gmail, the experience can be decent at best. There are also many third-party email apps out there that support Gmail, but many of them try to complicate matters by adding their own features.
According to a new report from MacRumors, Mimestream is a new email app that tries to bridge the gap – similar to Mail, but built specifically for Gmail.
Designed by Neil Jhaveri, a former Apple engineer who also worked on the company’s standard Mail app, Mimestream also connects directly to Google’s servers – your data is nothing more than your computer and Google. It’s a win for privacy-focused users right there.
“Mimestream follows the model of a traditional email client: a cache of your recent messages is stored on your device, and the originals remain on the Gmail server,” explains the client’s website. Mimestream communicates directly from your device to Google’s APIs, without using an intermediary. In addition, the account access tokens remain on your device. ”
The app is built with AppKit and SwiftUI and runs as a native Mac app. It is actually developed by Neik Jhaveri, a former Apple engineer who worked with the Mail app that lives in macOS. That may be why Mimestream look similar. But with native Gmail features like labels, advanced search, and even synced aliases, this is for sure not Mail.
New features are also planned for the future, with Google Drive support on the list. Mimestream is currently available on Mac, but an iPhone and iPad version of the app is planned.
Mimestream is free right now while in beta, but it will be a paid app once the development is complete.