Apple testing Notification Center-style banner alerts on

Apple testing Notification Center-style banner alerts on

Apple appears to be in the early -- yet strangely public -- stages of testing Notification Center-style banner alerts on, the web portal they provide for remote email, calendar, and contact access.

Apple introduced both Notification Center (as part of iOS 5) and iCloud at WWDC 2011 and have since added Notification Center to the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion developer preview. Given Apple's recent push towards providing a more consistent user experience across their platforms, it makes sense for the web to be included in the mix.

However, being only a month away from WWDC 2012, do iOS 5-style banners for mean there's less of a chance we'll see better banners in iOS 6 this June? While less obtrusive than the pre-iOS 5 modal alerts, iOS 5 banners still aren't as functional or elegant as webOS' were years ago.

Sometimes a web test is just a web test, so I won't read anything more into this for now. Parity between OS X and iOS and the web will be great.

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Rene Ritchie

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I still remember when MobileMe first rolled out in July 2008. At first, they put a red badge on the mail icon, to indicate number of unread, and quickly removed it shortly thereafter. I think the web interfaces could be beefed up significantly, and functionality added one piece at a time.

I wish they'd decide to tst the ability to actually "snooze" a reminder. That would be much more functional to me than banner reminders via iCloud.

I hope this means OS wide notifications in that if you get a notification on your iPhone, it will pop up on your computer as well. THIS WOULD BE GREAT.

i know the iphone claims it gets push email, but i dont call having to unlock the phone and open the mail app and let it refresh "push". notifications that are actually useful and clear once the message has been viewed would be nice. as it stands no notification system beats BBos. now if only BBs could do anything else of value.

Apple should have bought Palm. HP payed what? 1.2 billion? That would have been peanuts for Apple. A lot of valuable technology still resides in webOS but I'm not saying Apple can't achieve the same on their own.
It's just that Palm had the patents for that technology.
And now most of those patents belong to HP, some went to Motorola (who actually sued Apple on patents violation with patents that Motorola bought from Palm).
HP isn't even doing much with them, normally I wouldn't be rooting with Apple here, I've always loved Treos and I liked webOS too but sadly Palm failed in the hardware quality department and went bankrupt as a result.
Apple is so far the only company that stepped in Palms footsteps and actually did a smartphone right. To me the iPhone is actually a Treo, with no keyboard and a lot of fancy sensors and a screen that's designed for your finger. The way IOS works is based in the same principles that Palm OS worked, touch an app icon to start the app, press the home button to exit the app. Silent switch on the phone, threaded messages and interface consistency. These were the core principles of the Treo line. (minus the keyboard of course)
So if Apple practically took a Treo, made it insanely better in many regards and came up with the iPhone, then Apple should have bought Palm. We would have had a better IOS now :)

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