Apple Has Hired MobileNotifier Developer Peter Hajas

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The speculation began last week when iPhoneinCanada posted that it believes that mobile developer Peter Hajas has started working for Apple. A developer getting a new job at Apple would not be newsworthy in itself, but Hajas was the developer of a popular jailbreak notification add-on for iOS. iPhoneinCanada describes how earlier versions of the MobileNotifier add-on works:
    And associated video:

    Peter Hajas doesn't come right out and say that he's now working Apple but did post a cryptic update to his blog saying that he will be taking a break from MobileNotifier for a while due to other opportunities.

    RedmondPie has since discovered a (now deleted) Tweet posted in early May by Hajas saying that he would be heading off to work in California at a "fruit" company. Meanwhile, we've also independently confirmed that Hajas is now an employee at Apple.

    Apple is rumored to be improving iOS's notification system in the next version of iOS to be detailed at WWDC, and a report from mid-February had indicated that Apple was hiring an unnamed outside developer to revamp notifications, although it is unknown if that person was indeed Hajas. Regardless, Apple has certainly already worked heavily on such a system prior to this hire, but it's still interesting nonetheless.

    Article Link: Apple Has Hired MobileNotifier Developer Peter Hajas
  2. TheOrioles33 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2008
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    If this guy was only just hired, I hope that doesn't mean notifications are a no-show in iOS 5.
  4. jap1198 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    Dallas, TX
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    I can't wait to see what the new notif. system is like. :D
  5. milamber macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    It's good that he has been hired because that means what we already have through MobileNotifier will be the MINIMUM and hopefully the revamped notifications will be even better!
  6. cere macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2008
    This is great news. I've used MobileNotifier for a while. It is a little rough around the edges in someways, but the functionality is awesome. I am holding off on getting to excited though. As Cougarcat says, if he was just hired, he probably won't have time to contribute much to iOS5. They hired the guy that architected the notification system in PalmOS (best around so far) almost 2 years ago, I think, and we haven't seen any improvements since then.
  7. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011

    Jailbreaking adds usefulness to iOS? Now Apple thinks so too.
  8. chrmjenkins, Jun 3, 2011
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    chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    There has been news of them gobbling up notification gurus for the past year alongside talks of notifications in iOS5. They got Palm's notification UI designer, they got this guy and there's rumors that they were involved with boxcar too. They are serious about getting notifications made over and I'm willing to bet it's for iOS5.

    Palm's notification system: (keep in mind this is two years old)
  9. Pechente macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    Germany / Niedersachsen / Großburgwedel
    This is a horrible notification system, I hope Apple won't implement this in iOS 5 but comes up with something new.

    Having to tap a notification in order for it to disappear is a subpar solution and not any better than Apple's current notification system. Also read this blog post written by a designer:
  10. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
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    Looks like Apple have bagged a great developer with some good ideas there.

    Congratulations to Peter too. :)
  11. lifeinhd macrumors 65816


    Mar 26, 2008
    A few weeks ago on this site, there was a story about Apple sending out surveys to some of its customers. I was one of these customers. When they asked me for one thing they could do to improve, I suggested instead of fighting jailbreakers, work with them to see why they jailbreak, and implement those things. That should cut down on jailbreaking, obviously a plus for them. Glad to see they took my suggestion!
  12. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    I agree.

    I do think that Apple has already worked on a notification system (please god), and Peter Hajas will help "update" it, and nothing else.
    Are you telling me Apple couldn't set up a notification system on their own and had to get this developer to do it? What about the designer from WebOS?
    The deal-breaker for iOS 5 is a notification system.
  13. Bilbo63, Jun 3, 2011
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    Bilbo63 macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
    Just thinking out loud here... If he has already developed this system and it's been working on jail broken devices, would it really be that hard to tweak it a bit if required and get it working on iOS5?

    Wouldn't most of the hard work be done already?

    I'm willing to bet that we'll see at least some of his efforts in iOS5.

    Then again, I could be wrong.
  14. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
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    Interesting concept, but it definitely needs work. Here's to hoping iOS 5 is the best update yet! ;)
  15. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    It looks better than what is in iOS right now, but it still seems quite intrusive.
  16. alexhasfun28 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2009
    in the southwest.
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    that's horrible! I've seen way better notifications. Like the one you can see all your notifications when awake your phone (before you unlock it) and you're able to swipe across a notification and it'll take you directly to it!
  17. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    hopefully they already have notifications taken care of and hes just coming in to help maintain cause mobile notifier kind of sucked.
  18. Kentochan macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    Virginia, USA
    Jailbreaking for the win! iOS 5 sounds like a winner in terms of notifications.
  19. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    Perhaps Apple will use a little paperclip to give messages. Can't see how anything could be as bad as the modal, focus stealing notification system used now.
  20. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    So maybe this will make Apple appreciate the value that the Jailbreaking community and "unsanctioned" developers like Mr.Hajas bring to the table?

    Perhaps they will even becomea bit less gung-ho about in closing off JB opportunities and make the future iOS devices a bit more "open" to experimental developers? Ah, who am I kidding!
  21. Žalgiris macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2010
  22. Andy-V macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    That's hardly better than what we have. A notification should pause a game if it pops up for reasons I really don't need to state.

    They should follow android on this one and have notifications as a pull down menu from the status bar. So when you're playing a game or something there's actually no interruption at all, literally just a little icon to say "hey, there's something to read over here" and then you can choose to view it rather than have it forced onto the screen.
  23. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
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    Oh yeah! I forgot about that one. That one's super cool, mainly because it makes good use of the lock screen.
  24. Superdrive macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Now it takes TWO taps to dismiss the notification instead of one. Hopefully once Apple gets their hands on it, they can do an auto-dismiss after three seconds or so. This is a literal case of one step forward and two steps backward.

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