Apple Testing Notifications on iCloud Website

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    Apple appears to be testing a notification service on the iCloud website. The test message appears at the top of the browser window upon logging into iCloud.com.

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    Apple introduced a new notification system in iOS 5 and has announced that a similar feature will be coming to the Mac in the Mountain Lion operating system this summer.

    It's possible that Apple will include syncing code in iCloud to share notifications across devices, for calendar alerts and new mail, or the notifications may be used for some other purpose.

    Article Link: Apple Testing Notifications on iCloud Website
     
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    kind of cool in theory but why?

    Should be releasing the MBP instead of this...
     
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    because the two are mutually exclusive???
     
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    I'm guessing Apple is working on more than just test notifications.
     
  5. afin, May 8, 2012
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    access to the iOS features on your phone through the web browser would be handy.
     
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    Cool, but I don't know of any reason (yet) that I would be constantly logged into iCloud.

    I wonder if apple is planning some features such as iMessage via the icloud web site. or maybe even "back to my mac service" via iCloud and a web browser.
     
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    Mountain Lion allows websites to send notifications to Notification Center (a la Desktop Notifications in Chrome). I'm sure iCloud.com will support that so maybe this will be an alternative meant for non-ML systems?
     
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    Why doesn't Apple fix all the issues with the current services instead of testing a pointless notification system like this. What you gonna do? Sit with iCloud.com open and wait for notifications there? There are already so many issues with iCloud the whole thing is just a big let down...
     
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    I can see it now, iPhone, iPad, Mac Pro and MacBook Pro all "pinging" when a notification comes on. I'd be running around my room trying to turn them all off lol (I know, you can set each device with its own settings, just being humorous) :)
     
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    Who's to say they aren't? Maybe they're working on bug fixes/enhancements, as well as wrapping something like this up into it?
     
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    I have iCloud open in a browser all day at work. I would love to have something like this. It already works great for calendar alerts--I'd love to see notification integration.
     
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    I do that now...
     
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    I read a brilliant piece on Apple in PC Pro' prolog today, "can Apple cope with the shift from underdog to top dog". As much as I like the new iCloud innovations and improvement over what MobileMe should have been. The fact Apple is dragging it's heels in almost every other area does make me wonder if the "Prosumer" market that Apple seems determined to go after is resulting in it leaving it behind all it's credible root's. We've seen it with FCPX the loss of iWeb etc, development of the Mac Pro and god knows whats happening with Logic.
    I am beginning to wonder if Apple can cope..definitely the cracks are beginning to appear, the Malware case and the slow response being one of the first. I hope they can.
     
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    Are you twelve?
     
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    cool.
     
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    Hopefully this means they are working on cloud-based alerts and if you read one on your iPhone it is removed from your iPad, etc.
     
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    ____ (thing desired) is not available now. Shouldn't _____ (manufacturer) be spending all their resources fulfilling my desire? Quit wasting time on _____ (thing not desired).

    I wonder how many people use the iCloud interface enough to find this useful. Although I suppose if it extended into iMessages somehow and you could carry on conversations seamlessly moving from your iPhone to your PC at work and then back to the native iMessages app at home on your Mac that could be useful.
     
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    Coping with the shift may mean Apple cutting products, drastically changing them, or just simply redefining everything. They have done it before and will do it again. They're not at all afraid to do this. And they don't like to react frantically to things until they know the full story.

    Apple has control over its own hardware, its own software, its own ecosystem. Because of this, they can pretty much do anything they need or want to do. I think it's premature to say that PCs are dying, but I think Apple considers the iPod to be its rebirth and is building off of that. PCs are almost starting to seem like machines from another era. The iPod/iPhone/iPad are Apple's "new" roots. Can't wait to see how they build from here.
     
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    Come on guys, the world's most valuable company can only work on one product at a time, obviously.
     
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    Yeah, I just realized I do the same, this is really only for online iCloud notifications of course. Still humorous, however it makes for a GREAT alarm clock having all your devices going off at once :D

    You have some good points. This was discussed on another front page thread. The issue with Apple seems to be Jobs' desire in keeping a small, tight knit group of engineers that can be moved between departments, such as iOS and OS X. Jobs hated hiring more people and insisted on a small amount of engineers. Unfortunately, Apple's demand is beginning to outweigh its resources. This was apparent even before the iPhone was launched as Leopard was delayed twice due to Apple moving OS X engineers to iOS. Perhaps engineers are being worn thin, which is resulting in a (albeit debatable) quality decline in their OS's. I've been to Cupertino as I have friends employed there, and the teams aren't much bigger than they were a few years ago. It wouldn't hurt Apple to hire more engineers, especially as they are attempting to unify iOS and OS X platforms.
     
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    I love receiving notifications in stereo.
     
  22. jent, May 8, 2012
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    Does anyone else find it aesthetically inconsistent that the close button (the "X") is on the right? Since the original Mac operating system, if I'm not mistaken, the close button has been on the left. The only other place Apple has placed the close button is in those HTML5 "pop-over" (does anyone know the name for those?) frames, which are often used for enlarging a photo, playing a short video clip, or brining up a quick text box.
     
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    dunno about the worlds most valuable company but they should be doing press releases on the MBP instead of notifications on a website.
     
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    This would be appreciated at work. iCloud is one of the few things they haven't blocked on our corporate network, so having further functionality is a nice touch for some of us.
     
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    To be more precise, the world's most valuable publicly traded company. But since they have 46,000 employees, you're right. All 46,000 should be working on MacBook Pros.

    Tim Cook should close every retail store until a new MBP is released.
     

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