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Zaprudering the iPhone commercials: email

The iPhone commercials that just recently aired offered a nice look into some of the built-in programs in action. Take email, for example. It's one of the four main iPhone modes (the other three are: Phone, Safari and iPod). The videos revealed a number of mail features:

  • The number of unread new mail items in your inbox appears over the mail icon in the dock at the bottom of the iPhone main menu.
  • In the inbox, unread items are tagged with a familiar blue dot. The standard blue paperclip indicates attachments.
  • When displaying individual emails, a taskbar at the bottom of the screen presumably allows you to refresh your inbox, transfer mail to folders, delete mail, reply to the current message and write a new message. At the top of the screen a button may lead you back to the current mailbox, show you which item you are viewing in the mailbox (e.g. 2 of 11) and allow you to move to the previous or next message. Direct actions on the message scroll you up and down the currently displayed email.

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