Revamped notifications and widgets coming to iOS 5?

There's quite a lot of buzz about what surprises are in store for the upcoming WWDC 2011, as covered earlier today and yesterday. Besides new tidbits about the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion," there's the absence of a new fresh design for the iPhone. Instead, Apple may simply opt to introduce a minor specifications bump for the iPhone 4 and release it as the iPhone 4S.

So if it's not a minor refresh of the iPhone getting all the attention, what could it be? Its software, of course! The upcoming iOS 5 has had rumours for a while of a new revamped notification system to address the current antiquated one-by-one system which prevents multiple notifications from stacking. According to this TechCrunch report (via MacRumors), a new notification system is indeed in works, considering that Apple acquired a small developer earlier this year. Said developer, rumoured to be Boxcar, developed an iOS application that provided push notifications for different services.

The report also mentions another interesting addition to iOS 5: widgets. Android users are all too familiar with widgets, but iOS users have had to use solutions such as LockInfo (requires jailbreaking) to achieve similar functionality. Could we expect high quality widgets such as those that grace Mac OS X desktops, shrunk down to size for iOS?

Those answers will have to wait until June 6, when WWDC kicks off.

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Pegus said,
I would like to welcome all iOS users to 2009 - which is when Android first had widgets lol =)

alot of none-smartphones have widgets, for instance alot of the Samsung phones have them, even before Android

Pegus said,
I would like to welcome all iOS users to 2009 - which is when Android first had widgets lol =)

Well, let us know when a non-rooted Android phone can do a screenshot. And also let us know when Android has one consolidated storage space, so you don't have to screw around with moving apps and other stuff between internal memory and your SD card. Then iOS users can welcome Android users to 2007.

Funny that each pro and con response in here would by default find WP7 to be ideal.

As for features, PocketPC/Windows Phones from 8 years ago had desktop gadgets/widgets, and consolidated storage. Other phones from Nokia to Motorola, etc... have had these features as well for a long long time.

roadwarrior said,

Well, let us know when a non-rooted Android phone can do a screenshot. And also let us know when Android has one consolidated storage space, so you don't have to screw around with moving apps and other stuff between internal memory and your SD card. Then iOS users can welcome Android users to 2007.
Wait, so you're saying that having the option not to lose your settings when you reformat your phone by having apps on the SD card is a bad thing, and it should be all or nothing?

Btw, as for your screenshot comment: Android 2.3.4

deep1234 said,
I believe some of the ideas of WP 7 will be implemented in iOS 5. Live Titles maybe?

Of course yeah. That's what Apple always does: copy from the competition and place a drape over it to disguise it. Then iFanboys will say that it's a revolution or something, while Steve Jobs will accuse Microsoft and Google of copying their ideas. It's always been this way.

deep1234 said,
I believe some of the ideas of WP 7 will be implemented in iOS 5. Live Titles maybe?

WP7 wasn't the first to use Live tiles, Vodafone 360 phones has the same design (kinda), but it was out alot longer than the WP7, but it just works better on a WP7

And maybe the rumored iPhone4s which sources say will offer a dual-core A5 processor, 8 megapixel camera and, one hopes, a greatly improved antenna design, like the one used in the CDMA (Verizon) version of the iPhone 4.

And, while they're at it why not slap a SIM card slot in the iPhone 4 and thereby create a dual mode GSM/CDMA smartphone (i.e. the appropriate Qualcom chip's already in there)?

http://iphonetouch.blorge.com/...phone-4s-at-wwdc-after-all/

alexalex said,
And maybe the rumored iPhone4s which sources say will offer a dual-core A5 processor, 8 megapixel camera and, one hopes, a greatly improved antenna design, like the one used in the CDMA (Verizon) version of the iPhone 4.

And, while they're at it why not slap a SIM card slot in the iPhone 4 and thereby create a dual mode GSM/CDMA smartphone (i.e. the appropriate Qualcom chip's already in there)?

http://iphonetouch.blorge.com/...phone-4s-at-wwdc-after-all/

im waiting till the iPhone 4s is on the market before i decide if i want the Samsung S G2

alexalex said,

And, while they're at it why not slap a SIM card slot in the iPhone 4 and thereby create a dual mode GSM/CDMA smartphone (i.e. the appropriate Qualcom chip's already in there)?

What are you talking about? The iPhone 4 already has a SIM card slot, since it has operated on GSM all along. CDMA doesn't use SIM cards. Now, I do expect the next version of the iPhone to be CDMA/GSM in a single handset, but that has nothing to do with "adding" a SIM card to the phone, since it already has one (other than the current Verizon model).


edit: I see you were quoting from that article, sorry. Whoever wrote the article still doesn't seem to know what they are talking about.

roadwarrior said,

What are you talking about? The iPhone 4 already has a SIM card slot, since it has operated on GSM all along. CDMA doesn't use SIM cards. Now, I do expect the next version of the iPhone to be CDMA/GSM in a single handset, but that has nothing to do with "adding" a SIM card to the phone, since it already has one (other than the current Verizon model).


edit: I see you were quoting from that article, sorry. Whoever wrote the article still doesn't seem to know what they are talking about.

Might want to go research these technologies, as CDMA can use SIM cards, but traditionally don't. The internal identification being locked to a removable card is irrelevant to the base technologies.

Jose_49 said,
What's the difference between a widget and an app?

Seriously?

You don't have to re-open the widget to see it. See Mac OS X Dashboard, Android homescreen, Windows Gadgets, etc etc etc.

Jose_49 said,
What's the difference between a widget and an app?
I guess widgets are more for the display of information, as well as rudimentary utilities like calculators, whereas apps are able to fit in more functionality (like a web browser, full Twitter client, or a full e-mail application - you could get snapshots of these in a widget, but the widget would be primarily for displaying what these apps can do when opened).

Jose_49 said,
What's the difference between a widget and an app?

Generally a widget is a modular addition to an existing interface. An app is stand-alone software.

mindscape said,

Seriously?

You don't have to re-open the widget to see it. See Mac OS X Dashboard, Android homescreen, Windows Gadgets, etc etc etc.

WP7 tiles are also a variation of widgets, aka live information and alternative application access options.

New notifications are probably the result of getting the lead developer from Palm who designed the notifications for the Pre.

Another June 6, so many things between June 6-9, the tension and excitement of the new things that will be unveiled possibly even launched, is just so much, why cant June come faster!

Stackable notifications would be nice. Currently I have to turn most of them off, because if I get a text message while I'll sleeping, the notification for that message will prevent the iPhone alarm from sounding to wake me up for work. I was late for work several days in a row until I figured out the reason the alarm didn't go off when scheduled.

TheGooch said,
Stackable notifications would be nice. Currently I have to turn most of them off, because if I get a text message while I'll sleeping, the notification for that message will prevent the iPhone alarm from sounding to wake me up for work. I was late for work several days in a row until I figured out the reason the alarm didn't go off when scheduled.

That's weird. I'm pretty sure I've had the same scenario and the alarm works. You using the latest version?

TheGooch said,
Stackable notifications would be nice. Currently I have to turn most of them off, because if I get a text message while I'll sleeping, the notification for that message will prevent the iPhone alarm from sounding to wake me up for work. I was late for work several days in a row until I figured out the reason the alarm didn't go off when scheduled.

I reported that as a bug back in version 2.xx when I had an iPhone.

TheGooch said,
Stackable notifications would be nice. Currently I have to turn most of them off, because if I get a text message while I'll sleeping, the notification for that message will prevent the iPhone alarm from sounding to wake me up for work. I was late for work several days in a row until I figured out the reason the alarm didn't go off when scheduled.

Odd, I can have missed calls, Txts, FB Updates and my alarm will still sound at 5am.