The Sparrow app is widely regarded to be the best mail application on iOS — despite losing some support after being bought out by GMail earlier this year. Now the team behind Sparrow has tried to bring an updated version to iOS, only to have it rejected by Apple.
According to developer Dinh Viêt Hoà, Apple rejected the update with the warning that the app would be removed if a new version wasn’t released soon. Apparently, the problem was that the app allowed the use of rich text in iOS 5 in a way that Apple doesn’t allow. It appears the final step is to release a version of Sparrow designed specifically for iOS 6 to skirt around the ban.
We’ll submit a new version of Sparrow for iPhone that is only compatible with iOS 6.
— DINH Viêt Hoà (@dinh_viet_hoa) November 5, 2012
It’s a bizarre reason to be rejected — a feature that’s fine in iOS 6, but not iOS 5? And since this version has been delayed, that also means that the app still doesn’t work properly with the iPhone 5.