According to a Cult of Mac source, Apple might be buying an App Store app developer in order to improve iOS notifications. This... sounds a little strange. Notifications are certainly one of the weakest remaining elements in iOS, handled better by Android and far more elegantly by webOS. It took Apple until iOS 3 to get copy and paste and iOS 4 to get 3rd party multitasking so my assumption has been notifications were on the list for update but probably not until iOS 5. (Especially after Apple hired back the engineer who developed webOS' notification system.)
What is there in an iOS 5 notification system Apple can't build internally? Still, Cult of Mac says:
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 Appremix that enables push notifications for Twitter, Facebook, and email. Boxcar’s system has been highly praised, especially the new iPad version.
Boxcar is fabulous -- I use it all the time -- but it's a third party solution, not something designed and integrated into the OS deeply, the way a new notification system would need to be. I just don't see it...
...unless this is another one of Apple's famous talent acquisitions -- more better people to work on what will become iOS 5's new notification system. That I can see.
What do you think?