Imagine How Incredible iOS 8 Would Be With This Revamped Notification Center [Video]

We’re still at least six months away from the debut of iOS 8, but designer Sam Beckett has come along already with a very enticing look at one hot feature that could be in store for all of us: interactive notifications. And boy, do they look rad.

As you know, currently, notifications in iOS 7 are shown as a static banner at the top of the screen that gives a user a heads-up to an incoming event, but no real way to interact with that notification.

In Beckett’s iOS 8, this all changes. Like OS X Mavericks’ Notification Center, you have the option to, say, Quick Reply in a notification for the Twitter app, or quickly open Maps when you get a notification that you’ve reached your destination.

I’d say this is a very possible addition to iOS 8. In fact, I’d love to see this. What do you think?

  • boblevel

    Yes! Hope Jony sees this!

  • HeathBranum

    Are you serious? You do realize that this has been possible as a jailbreak tweak for at least 3 years now. Seriously this is trash reporting. People have been wanting this feature since iOS 3. Idiots.

  • Bhorton

    BlackBerry already does this. In fact I bet they own the patent for interactive notifications. So I wouldn’t expect this coming.

  • dpacemaker

    So glad to see the guy from Quantum Leap is still working. Sam Beckett leaped from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong, hoping each time that his next leap would be the leap home. Looked like he leaped into making a promo for a jailbreak tweak that’s been around for years.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Unlike the Mac which shows multiple notifications at once (not possible on a small display), this would be a total mess. Imagine writing a quick reply while several other notifications are coming in, which you have to ignore at that moment in order to finish your quick reply, afterwards visiting notification center to handle the missed ones. It adds complexity without completely solving the problem of leaving the app. A full screen “quick reply” popup to me is just as disruptive as jumping to the real app with all of its functionality. Especially since in iOS7 jumping back is easier because the app switcher conveniently directs you to the previously used app.

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