@dave I had the same knee jerk reaction. I still feel the same way, annoyed as hell by the way they conducted it. They could easily have end of lined the current version and introduced a new version with subscription. AND they could have sent out an email, or posted on their blog, or twitter, explaining what they were going to do. Instead, we found out via app update notes? That’s insane, and stupid.
The fact is, $10 a year for basically push notifications is nothing. But I’m like you, I’m resisting the subscription model - especially since I already paid for this app, with full functionality. I’m struggling with alternative options. As a bit of an email client conoseour, I’m always trying new apps, but I have issues with all of them, and have always come back to Airmail.
MailPilot 3: Still in beta, and with no iOS companion, it means any messages snoozed that get returned actually don’t appear in your mobile inbox. And there’s no unified spam box. So that’s out.
Outlook: iOS outlook is stable, has a focus mode, and snoozes. A unified spam mailbox also makes it easy to keep on top of misdirected email. However, the desktop app lacks the ability to snooze, so you’re only able to triage/manage your email on the iPad/iPhone, and I like to do my mass triaging on my desktop.
Spark: From what I understand their business model is reading everything. That makes me very uncomfortable. Not to mention their snoozing feature is inconsistent, with stuff snoozing on desktop occasionally showing up early on iOS, etc. Unified spam box makes it easy to check spam.
Canary: Snoozing is generally consistent, it has a focused box, supports PGP encryption, unified inbox and spam box. It’s just ugly, and not as stable and streamlined, and I know they’re currently hard at work on their next version, and the current version isn’t getting much love.
Apple Mail: Still way behind everyone else, with search being their only strength. And the version for iOS 13 (I haven’t tried Catalina), hasn’t introduced anything to bring in up to speed.
Airmail: Not the prettiest, but it has support for every service, Spam-sieve, Unified inboxes and spam, Markdown composition… they just sucked horribly at introducing a rather inexpensive subscription service.
This one is a struggle. I’m tempted to give in for the subscription - as an old user, the only thing I’m missing is the notifications. Multiple accounts still work, and honestly, I have VIP email settings on Apple Mail on my phone set to trigger my watch, so I don’t really use notifications in Airmail anyways. But they really screwed the pooch, and annoyed their user base with their sloppy introduction.