In a world of text messages, iMessages, tweets, DMs, and Facebook Messages, email has grown to be one of the least favorite ways for people to communicate. Think about it. Unless it deals with work, how much do you enjoy checking your email? It's a cumbersome task for many. A new app called Mailbox hopes to alleviate some of that stress and make email less daunting, and even a little enjoyable. 

Created by Orchestra, the company behind the popular to-do list app of the same name, Mailbox eschews most of the regular functions of an email client and replaces them with new swipe gestures. Swiping a message in your inbox to the right archives it; swiping to your left saves it for later, which means it schedules it to pop up back in your inbox at a later more opportune time; swiping to the right and holding it deletes the message, and swiping to the left and holding it brings up a menu where you move or relabel the message. 

The other big feature Orchestra is touting is Mailbox's speed. The team developed a way to compress IMAP messages in the cloud and reformat them for your iPhone. Anyone who has gone through the struggle of waiting for an important email to download before going about your day should get excited. 

With Sparrow now folded into Google, the lane for an awesome email client on iOS is wide open. And it looks like this is the app that will fill it when it drops in early 2013.

Peep the promo video above to see Mailbox in action. 

[via The Verge]