iPhone 3.0 Beta 3: Push Notification Gets Tweaked

Ars Technica is reporting that the way Push Notification works has been, according to developers they've spoken with, improved in the latest Beta 3 release of iPhone 3.0. To wit:

The major change in the UIKit API is that Apple has added separate types for the three notification methods: badge, text alert, and sound. Developers can register their apps for these different notification types individually for the needs of their users. Previously, apps registered to received remote notifications but controlled the type via settings. Developers we spoke to universally agreed that this was a welcome improvement.

Still nothing in the way of non-obtrusive, Google Android- or Palm Pre-style notification, nor any indication of how Apple will gracefully handle multiple modal dialogs popping up all at once, but there's still time to wow us with something awesome come WWDC, right Apple?

Ars also mentions some interesting developments regarding Dashcode (widget development) for iPhone, and more, so be sure to check them out.

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iPhone 3.0 Beta 3: Push Notification Gets Tweaked


You can expect some non-obtrusive solution for the 4.0 firmware. As Google has some partnership with Apple (see Maps for instance), I believe they could mimic the same solution used by Android.

Will Text alerts be free?
This is so sad they couldn't have just added more RAM.
Is there no way to use a portion of the devices flash memory?

I supposed you could do swap files in and out of RAM like on a desktop, but aside from lowering NAND life, it might not be too performant.

So, unless I misunderstand this, each app's notification type will be determined by it's developer, and not by the user's settings? We couldn't choose from the three types for each app? If this is the case, it's not an improvement. I'll never buy an app with only text alerts.

I was having trouble getting added to an account but i found this web site i linked to my name above and they added me right away. They weere very nice and even told me how to find my UDID, sent step by step directions and i was up in less than 5 minutes. just my 2 cents

Does anybody know why Apple decided to go this route (notification providers talking to APNS and APNS having a permanent TCP connection to individual iPhones) rather than, perhaps more obvious and simpler all round, providers sending SMS messages (containing badge count, alert text, sound filename) to individual iPhones?