Mimestream: The stylish Gmail client for Mac by ex-Apple engineer

Kerem Gülen
May 23, 2023

After an extensive testing phase spanning over two years, Neil Jhaveri, a former Apple engineer, has officially released his email application for Mac called Mimestream. Jhaveri, who had a significant tenure at Apple for over seven years, notably contributing to the development of the Mail app for the first iPad and the initial Notes app for macOS, eventually led teams dedicated to enhancing Apple's Mail app. Departing from Apple in 2017, he founded Mimestream in 2019.

Mimestream, which currently exclusively supports Gmail, utilizes Gmail's API for seamless integration. While the app's compatibility is currently limited to Gmail accounts, Jhaveri and his team aim to expand its reach in the future. Despite being a relatively small operation, with only five individuals involved, Mimestream has garnered attention during its beta phase, attracting over 167,000 users eager to experience its capabilities. Jhaveri emphasized that the company remains self-funded, maintaining its independence as they continue to refine and advance Mimestream's functionalities.-

Drawing from his experience with Apple's Mail app, Neil Jhaveri has incorporated design elements in Mimestream that resemble the default Mac application. These include familiar features such as the utilization of blue dots to denote unread emails, a three-column layout, and action buttons conveniently placed in the top bar. As a native app, Mimestream seamlessly integrates with the macOS, ensuring a cohesive user experience. The app embraces trackpad gestures, offers support for dark themes, allows users to link email profiles to Focus Filters, and provides customizable keyboard shortcuts.

Mimestream is powered by Gmail API

Mimestream, using the Gmail API’s capabilities, enables easy importation of various elements such as signatures, server-side filters, templates, labels, and vacation responses. Additionally, the app extends support for Gmail aliases, mentions, code blocks, Markdown substitutions, undo send functionality, as well as the ability to send and archive emails. This deep integration with Gmail's API enhances Mimestream's overall experience, bringing it closer to the functionality and familiarity of Gmail's web interface.

With the new launch, Mimestream will also support profiles like “Work” and “Personal” so that you can separate different accounts. You can also assign different colors to accounts to differentiate between emails in the unified view. Plus, you can set a notification schedule so that you aren’t disturbed by unnecessary notifications.

Image courtesy of Mimestream

The app also features a menu bar extra — when you click on the menu bar icon, you can quickly check for any unread messages without opening the app.

You can use Mimestream for free with a 14-day trial. After that, you have to pay either $4.99/month or  $49.99/year. However, the startup is offering the annual plan at a discounted launch price of $29.99 for the first year until June 9. Mimestream is going up against other email clients like Boxy, Edison Mail, and former Google exec’s app Shortwave. It is relying on the simple and familiar interface for Mac users and tight integration with Gmail to stand out from the competition.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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