There is no problem with Mail in Lion.
Check carefully all account settings, especially authentication, port No., SSL.
Have in mind that in case you read your e-mail box too often, your account may be temporary blocked.
I am getting once a week a message from Mail that I have to enter a password of some account (of about 10), but I do not enter any, just cancel the message, it does not appear anymore and account works normally in couple of minutes.
Well, there must be a problem, since Mail on Snow Leopard, with the same settings works flawlessly. I'm also able to access the same mailbox with Thunderbird. So it is not a setting issue, but something must have changed in Mail through the Lion update.
Oh, and let me add that Mail doesn't ask the password once in a while: it is totally unable to connect to the mailbox from the beginning since it reports that the server keeps rejecting the password.
Fortunately you are still in the warranty period. The next step may be to call Apple and open a ticket. I don't have your exac prblem but I have had problems with connecting to exchange servers at the university and the rep at Apple was great and had me up and running within 15 minutes. I recall it was a combo solution of deleing the account, deleting various info in the ~/Library/mail folder and adding the account fresh.
Hope that helps
Dude, have you actually checked the Apple forums?
The app that is most bugged is Mail.
*Keeps asking for iCloud (and other) passwords
*Often fails to delete concepts when they are already sent
*In-line attachments 'blow up' like they are pictures even though they are in fact documents of 1 page
*The fact that ATTACHMENTS are embedded in the first place
*It often takes waaaay longer for Apple Mail to get new mail as opposed to iOS devices
And the list goes on.
Saying 'Mail has no problems' is like that Iraqi general in 2003 saying: 'the Americans are nowhere' when you where just short of seeing American choppers and tanks in the background.
I have encountered zero problems with Mail on Lion and believe eventual problems mentioned here lie in mail servers garden, not properly implementing industry standards:
- my Mail DB has 200'000 messages, 107 GB over last 8 years
- I have sent no less than 11'000 messages via Mail, 3'200 on Lion
- I have 16 account on 8 different domains
- one of the accounts is IMAP (on me.com), the other 15 accounts are POP. I kept gmail account as IMAP for some months last year without any problems
- 99% of my 1000+ recipients are using Windows mail clients
- for most of accounts I use gmail as SMTP server, me.com for me.com account and local provider in some cases
- Mail keeps running 24 hour a day and reads all accounts once a minute
- same mail accounts are read occasionally, once a day, on my iPhone, me.com via push
- Mail 5.2 on Mac OSX 10.7.3 and MBP early 2009
- mail accounts preferences are stable for many months
- I change passwords once a couple of months and change authentication settings if an account SMTP/POP server settings are changed
Once a week or so I am getting an error message on Mail asking to supply a password during mail read. Most often when a message comes from one account, it comes from EACH account on the same domain:
- I cancel that message and do nothing (do not supply any passwords, Mail never forgets my password)
- after some time, 5 min. or hour, I just reset the account status, if needed, and try again to read the account
- after sometime, the account is read normally, without changing anything on Mail side
What is happening is not a problem of Mail itself, but a problem at IMAP/POP server side or in communication with that server. Such problem could happen with any IMAP/POP server, including gmail and me.com and is self-cured within some time, minutes or hours, in typical case.
Similar problem arise during mail send, but vary rarely. Again, I do not need to do anything, just tray again later and wait until SMTP server begins to work normally.
What I would suggest to Apple designers is to make error messages less cryptic and more descriptive on password request. In any case Mail or Keychain do not forget any passwords :-)
Having a JPG or single page PDF shown as embedded is a feature I like. Once a three months someone complains (I send daily attached JPG/PDF files) that these are embedded and not attached, but I believe it is a matter of recipient mail client (quality).
My only complain is that Mail begins to work very slow in low memory environment, but it is a general complain about Mac OSX.
Memory management of Mac OSX is not optimal for me (too quick too much inactive and not free memory) even with 8 GB RAM. After couple of hours intensive use of Safari (typically 10+ tabs open), Mail, Preview (5-10 PDFs), Numbers (5-7 spreadsheets), FileMaker, Skype and Trillian free memory is approaching zero and FreeMemory Pro comes in action if I do not want to reboot
My solution suggests that Dimitar is on the right track: that the issue is with the server, not the Mail client.
For months, I've been getting the Lion Mail prompt asking me for my iCloud password, even though its on the keychain, hasn't changed, and no other servers have issues. I'd click Cancel and some days the account would work, others it would stay offline all day. I just ignored it, thinking Apple would fix things.
This past week, I've found a solution that works 100% of the time for me. When I wake my computer in the morning and it won't connect to iCloud mail, I log into my iCloud account in Safari and open mail, then log out. Instantly, Mac Mail works again. One time last week, iCloud web mail itself would not open and gave me a web crash message and a 'report to Apple?' dialog.
So... I think the issues are on Apple's end in their iCloud server / load balancing architecture. I'm just surprised that this has been going on for so long and that some of the world's brightest engineers (Apple) have not managed to fix it yet.
I have checked with people using Mountain Lion Preview. These people had this issue on OSX Lion and it went away as soon as Mountain Lion was installed.
I have done a complete fresh install of Lion yesterday (without using Time Capsule etc.) and have reset my Apple ID at least 10 times, but the problem stays. So it definately is a issue with OSX Lion Mail.
For now, I have set 'Look for new mail' to 'Manual' but this creates a new problem: messages are somehow no longer pushed to Apple Mail on Lion (even though 'IDLE' command is still on).
Conclusion: Apple Mail in OSX Lion is a piece of ****. I am giving Apple til 10.7.4 to fix it and if they don't ill be gone to Google Mail.
PS: Also find it hilarious that Apple says it doesn't need anyone, yet for someone to actually have an Apple ID you have to provide an external e-mail adress suchs as gmail.com.
Unlike Google they don't let you use your me.com adress as your main Apple ID username.
OK, I understand your frustration with the password issue as I have encountered it many times, and it is not specific to Lion, I have encountered it since Tiger - in each case for different reasons.
However, regardless of whatever frustration you may have with Apple - don't go making false statements like the crap you wrote above about not using Apple email addresses for AppleID - I have 3 accounts with AppleID - one using mac.com, one with me.com and the third with gmail.com. That makes two out of three with Apple addresses. Your comment is the one that has holes shot through it and is plummeting toward the earth in flames.