5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2013 12:06 PM by Greg Schneck
Waveman Level 3 Level 3 (930 points)

I have access to my iCloud email account set up via IMAP on all my Macs, and I also have accounts on my iDevices. IMAP keeps my email in sync by storing messages on the server, so what's the added advantage of checking "Mail & Notes" on my Macs? Does that just add notes to the synching process, or is there something else?

  • 1. Re: Sync email via iCloud vs. IMAP account
    PDADoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @Waveman: I was wondering this as well.  Like you, I use IMAP for my AIM, Windows Live, & Yahoo mail, and Exchange for my work mail.  So far, I've left the mail and notes disabled on iCloud, as I really didn't want to create yet another e-mail address.  I use those others for participation in various forums, etc., as to keep spam out of my personal e-mail (works quite well, actually).  In my case, since my Notes are synched through Exchange, using iCloud would only mess it up, I think, but I'm not sure. 

     

    But you raise a good point!

     

    Anyone?

  • 2. Re: Sync email via iCloud vs. IMAP account
    Waveman Level 3 Level 3 (930 points)

    @PDADoc: I just tried activating Mail & Notes on one of my Macs on which I hadn't manually set up an account to access my iCloud (formerly MobileMe) email. Doing so immediately created an iCloud account in Mail.app. In the past, I had always set up my Mac-based MobileMe accounts manually, since I wanted to use a different replyto address than ****@me.com or ****@mac.com. With MobileMe, that wasn't possible, but I just discovered that you can specify another replyto address for an iCloud account in Mail.app. I just tried sending email from that account, and the alternative address worked as expected.

     

    So maybe that's the reason for the Mail & Notes checkbox in iCloud. Unlike iOS, where iCloud is one of the explicit choices when you add a new email account, there's no such option on the Mac.

     

    I'll be interested to see if this works for you.

  • 3. Re: Sync email via iCloud vs. IMAP account
    PDADoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As curious as I am, I don't think I'm going to mess with it.  I'll just keep doing the notes sync through Exchange.

  • 4. Re: Sync email via iCloud vs. IMAP account
    sschklar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Waveman

     

    I have been wanting to set up an alternative return address for my iCloud account. I find that I CAN do this on my Macs, but NOT on my iOS devices (iPhone 4 and iPad 2) as adding a "manual/Other" email account and adding the p99-imap.mail.me.com for the "incoming server" will not take.

     

    If you have accomplished this would you please send details!!

     

    Thank you in advance.

  • 5. Re: Sync email via iCloud vs. IMAP account
    Greg Schneck Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    this topic is a year old but just in case anyone comes across it...... see this:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2618

     

    The iMail sync is to sync iCloud Mail ( the iCloud Web application) to your standard Mail accounts.