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Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch by Joe Kissell

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Work with Attachments

For devices that don't officially offer any user-accessible file storage, the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch do a surprisingly good job of handling attachments to both incoming and outgoing email messages.

Incoming Attachments

Usually, an incoming message that include attachments show a paperclip icon by to the sender's name in the message list. Without any additional software, iPhone OS devices can natively view (or play) a wide variety of file formats, including the following:

  • Graphics: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF

  • Audio: MP3, AAC (.m4a), AIFF, WAV

  • Office documents: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Keynote, Numbers

  • Universal formats: PDF, ...

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