Thanks to a new feature in iOS 16, it’s pretty easy for you to schedule an email you’re writing to be automatically sent in the future at a certain time. Check out the how-to here, courtesy of Mac Observer.And if you’re looking for more information on all the different new email-related features in iOS 16, here you go, courtesy of Apple Insider.
Over on the Oracle Blog, Clint Kaiser, Daniel Deneweth, Jason Witt note that we’re at the one year anniversary of the launch of the Apple Mail Privacy Protection functionality. How did it impact marketers? How does it impact analytics, email deliverability, live content, and email design? The smart gentlemen from Oracle answer these questions and more … read it all here.
Check it out — it’s our first taste of BIMI on iOS outside of beta. Apple iOS users who upgrade to iOS 16 can now see a BIMI logo associated with an email send, depending on what mailbox provider they use. All four of these CNN Newsletter signup emails were opened and viewed on the default Apple mail client in iOS 16.0.2, and as you can see, iCloud and Fastmail users get shown the BIMI logo for CNN! You’ll note that no logo is displayed for the Yahoo and Gmail subscribers, even though both platforms support BIMI (and CNN has the Gmail-required VMC in place). Why Fastmail and not Gmail or Yahoo? I suspect that Fastmail was quickest to implement an updated “authentication results” header that includes information about the BIMI logo checks, and I don’t think Gmail and Yahoo are including that information. Yet? It seems likely that they’ll catch
We knew that BIMI support was coming to Apple iOS and MacOS. And now, Apple has published a support page: Prepare your email server for BIMI support in Apple Mail. Reading through the guide, it sounds like support might go beyond just Apple iCloud (mac.com, me.com, icloud.com) domains, if other mailbox providers structure their headers properly. If this support is client-based and not recipient domain based, that could really make things interesting. Here’s hoping I’m reading that right.For more on Apple’s rollout of BIMI support, check out this update from the Authindicators (BIMI) Working Group.
More fun, more webinars, more info, all about Apple Mail Privacy Protection, aka MPP!If you’re curious about the current state of Apple MPP and how it impacts marketers, my Kickbox colleague Jennifer Nespola Lantz and I presented a live webinar on this very topic recently. Head on over to the Kickbox blog where you can read a recap of the webinar and view the webinar recording.
Here’s a great article from Sella Yoffe over on the Webbula blog, where he provides an overview of Apple’s “Hide my Email” functionality and helps explain the challenges this functionality presents to email marketers: Apple Hide My Email – A Burner Phone for Email: How Does Apple Hide My Email Affect Email Marketers.Want to learn more about Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP)? Don’t forget to check out the Apple MPP section here on Spam Resource. And stay tuned for a recap and recording link for the recent Apple MPP webinar I co-presented! Coming soon.
If you haven’t figured it out just yet, I’m trying to do webinars more often nowadays, because it’s a very useful way to share information, and people always seem to be interested in learning more about deliverability. The topic this time around is Apple’s Mail Privacy Protection (MPP). You know, that thing screwing up the open detection pixel your email service provider platform uses to help you
This is all subject to change, of course. Currently, we’re only as far as the first version of the iOS 16 Public Beta, and much could be different by the time we get to the actual final (non-beta) release version of iOS, which is said to launch late in 2022. But already, BIMI logo support is indeed in there, as you can see from screenshots of this email from Zillow, as viewed on my trusty iPhone SE (2020). Never have I been so happy so see a squiggly Z before today.In my testing, I found that the logo shows only for mail sent to iCloud accounts; I tested this with Gmail as well (both in the iOS Mail application) and logos didn’t work for any non-Apple domain recipients. Will that change? I hope so; it’d be nice if this were recipient-domain agnostic, like how Apple MPP is. Also, logos don’t show
It’s time for another BIMI update, and this time it’s chock full of new details that you’ll want to know! So let’s get right to it.The Authindicators Working Group (the folks behind the BIMI spec) have just indicated that Apple plans BIMI support! The information published so far suggests that it’s coming this fall to both iOS and MacOS. Beyond that, details are light; so don’t ask me (or them) for greater definition just yet. I’m sure when they have details, they will share. And when they share, I will share.Where does that leave us today? Here’s your status update on ISP support for BIMI as of June, 2022.Yes: Which ISPs/MBPs/email applications support BIMI today or plan to support it in the near future: Apple (iOS and MacOS email clients), Fastmail, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. (This also includes Pobox, AOL/Netscape, and Google for Business)Perhaps: Which ISPs are currently considering BIMI support:
Jeff Butts from Mac Observer walks you through how to send an email using Apple’s “Hide My Email” functionality from your iOS device.Neat idea…except that it doesn’t seem to work for me, on my iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 15.4.1. I just get an error message that says, “Hide my Email is currently unavailable.” Apparently, I’m not the only one. Is this feature perhaps a bit buggy?