Apple Is Revamping Notification System For iOS [Exclusive]

Apple Is Revamping Notification System For iOS [Exclusive]

UPDATE: I sent an email to App Remix’s CEO Jonathan George asking whether his company was going to be bought by Apple. His response? “No comment…” he said.

Apple is working on a new notification system for iOS and will be buying a small company to build its technology into the operating system, according to one of our sources.

Apple’s pop-up notification system for new text messages, voicemails and the like has often been criticized as one of the weakest parts of the iOS. Notifications are intrusive, modal and often cryptic. It’s a mess.

HP/Palm’s webOS banner notification system, on the other hand, has been widely praised for its utility and ease of use. And from this week’s preview, it looks to be getting better.

There were rumors last year that the iPhone’s notification system would be fixed after the chief architect of Palm’s system, Rich Dellinger, returned to work at Apple. However, the system still hasn’t been fixed, and according to our source, Apple is now trying to buy a small app developer to fix it.

Our source, who asked to remain anonymous, didn’t know the identity of the company, except it already has an iPhone app in the App Store.

One candidate is Boxcar, a free app from App Remix that enables push notifications for Twitter, Facebook, and email. Boxcar’s system has been highly praised, especially the new iPad version.

Other than that, we couldn’t find other obvious possibilities for the company Apple is buying. If anyone has a good idea, please leave it in the comments.

  • God

    How the notifier the one in cydia which apple has rejected.

  • 123

    i hope this fix happens or i’m going droid. its ridiculous that such an innovative company can’t manage the simplest of functionalities. let me choose badge, alert, sound. done. i’ll hang on for a little longer when my contract is up and decide…..

  • say_hello

    How about something like this: http://vimeo.com/21208357

  • Lasserafn

    just jailbreak, download Bitesms and DONE! :)

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