Apple’s been spending a lot of time in the past couple years making innovations in iOS. The iPhone, iPod touch and iPad’s technology has changed the way we interact with devices and now Apple is bringing those innovations back into Mac OS X with Lion, which will be available this summer.

Last time I wrote, I talked about the onset of some really nice desktop apps that have taken over web-based services. One of them was Sparrow, which has since come out of beta and is available in the Mac App Store. At the moment, I think Sparrow is definitely worth the ten bucks, but after seeing Apple’s preview of OSX Lion and the changes they’re making to the native Mail application, I have a feeling Sparrow’s days are numbered.

Sparrow Mail Client for Mac

Sparrow Mail Client for Mac

Mail 5 for Mac takes the layout from its iPad counterpart and, in doing so, cleans up the mail viewing process, much in the same way Sparrow does. Actually, pretty much exactly the same way Sparrow does. This is going to be a problem for Sparrow’s developers, considering that its main selling point was its simplified layout and the great number of features its program lacks in comparison to Apple Mail.

Apple Mail 5 for Mac

Apple Mail 5 for Mac

So I ask you all: does Lion’s new Apple Mail make Sparrow obsolete? What do you think you’re going to use for email in Lion?

 

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