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Mailbox App Finally Released to App Store (Kind Of...)

February 7, 2013  |  7:00pm
Mailbox App Finally Released to App Store (Kind Of...)

Ever wanted to postpone answering an email until you were good and ready to deal with whatever fresh hell message landed in your inbox from someone in your social network or office?

The App Store finally has an app for that. Sort of.

iOS users can download Orchestra’s newest email management app, Mailbox, from Apple’s App Store, but the download only reserves an invite to use the service. People only gain access to the locked features in their downloaded copy of the app on a first-come-first-serve basis, according to Mashable.

So if you downloaded it today, all the app does now is show you, in real-time, your position in the line for access to the full-version of the app. You’ll be able to see how many people are in front of you and how many are behind you.

Prior to today’s release of Mailbox in the App Store, about 250,000 people had already signed up for the app using an older reservation system Orchestra had in place then. Suffice to say, even if you downloaded the app today, you’ll still be waiting a while.

Tech Crunch reports that the reason behind the use of an app reservation system was because Mailbox relies on cloud servers to “manage push notifications and the all-important ‘save for later’ functionality” and so, in order to prevent the servers from getting overloaded all at once and to preserve a quality user experience, they needed to limit access to the full version of the app at first.

Some of the notable features of Mailbox include: push notifications for new messages, a feature called “snooze” that allows you to schedule a more convenient time to have certain messages sent to you and a swipe feature that quickly sends messages to the trash or to be archived, according to the Mailbox app’s website.

The Mailbox app is free to download and use.

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