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PreCentral.net notes that Rich Dellinger, a former user interface designer at Apple who left in 2006 to join Palm and subsequently developed the banner notification system used in webOS, has returned to Apple. In addition to his contributions to notifications, Dellinger's other work at Palm included:
Acted as visual designer, interaction designer, and engineer on Palm webOS.

Co-developed the Application Framework used by webOS. Created the CSS structure and defined HTML layout and structure conventions in Mojo Application Framework, and for core Palm applications.

Co-invented software and hardware interaction models for a new generation of Linux-based, Palm-branded mobile devices.
The webOS banner notification system invented by Dellinger has received considerable positive publicity for its sleek design and unobtrusive nature compared to the pop-up notifications used on Apple's iPhone operating system.


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Dellinger is the latest in a string of high-profile departures from Palm in wake of HP's acquisition of the company. He has taken on a job title of "Senior User Interface Designer" at Apple, although it is unclear exactly what projects he will be working on. He previously worked at Apple from 1999 through 2006 in a variety of capacities, initially focusing on technical support engineering and a revamp of the company's online support site before moving to user interface design for Mac OS X, iPhone and iPod.

Article Link: Inventor of webOS Banner Notification System Returns to Apple
 

TimUSCA

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Excellent! This means Apple is aware that they have a bad notification system and are planning to fix it up real nice.

Now we just need a custom home screen (weather, calendar, etc.) and easier access to system settings (SB Settings).
 
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w00master

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Best Apple news I've heard in a while.

Please Apple, fix the d*mn notifications on the iPhone. I'm still annoyed that Apple thought that "Pop-ups" would be a brilliant idea for notifications.

:rolleyes:

w00master
 
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ImNoSuperMan

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Push notification is one of the weakest part of iOS. Here's hoping its replaced as soon as possible :)
 
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Neurobit

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Great News!
Now if we can be able to pair new banners with the ability to set custom notification sounds, we'd be all set. ;)
 
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sl1200mk2

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Totally welcome addition. I would love to see Pre like notifications in iOS. Palm did many things right in WebOS and notifications were dead on.
 
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skyehill

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TimUSCA said:
Excellent! This means Apple is aware that they have a bad notification system and are planning to fix it up real nice.

Now we just need a custom home screen (weather, calendar, etc.) and easier access to system settings (SB Settings).

And widgets, and a free turn by turn option, a bigger screen, and a swappable battery. Instead we got iAds.....yay!

This hopefully means Apple realizes their notification system is idiotic.
 
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And widgets, and a free turn by turn option, a bigger screen, and a swappable battery. Instead we got iAds.....yay!

This hopefully means Apple realizes their notification system is idiotic.

No we don't want a bigger screen or swappable battery, and widgets is pretty much useless anyway. And actually..we didn't really get iAds, the developers did.
 
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muskratboy

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"invented" is a very strong term for putting the notifications down at the bottom in a little box, you know?

this is great for apple, better interface, etc... and i haven't used webos too much...

but is putting the notification down at the bottom really that groundbreaking? i mean.... it's probably at the top or the bottom (unless it's goofy like apple's)... so i'm just not seeing the innovation.

eh, what do i know.

And widgets, and a free turn by turn option, a bigger screen, and a swappable battery. Instead we got iAds.

you don't think we got a bigger screen? 4X the rez, and you don't think that's bigger? you are a nut.

swappable battery? still with that? i also want the iphone to run windows, because that has the same odds of happening.

and the always popular turn by turn... do that many people really have no idea where they are going? there is that much driving in strange cities going on? i gotta get out more.

and yes, iAds. a slick system to get me PAID. um, yeah... i'll take that over any of those useless little upgrades you want.

hey, i'm sure you were clamoring for that oh-so-useful camera flash too... so aren't you happy?
 
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mBox

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Hopefully we don't need to wait until iOS 5 to see the updated notification system. Maybe a 4.2 release?
What we get now is great. Just remember the diff between OS8 to SL.
The future looks bright ;)
 
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Amnak

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This makes me fee better about most likely not getting iPhone 4. I'm still on Verizon contract. Maybe by the time I'm ready for #5 iOS will be revamped.
 
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nfl46

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I think its CLEAR that we can expect a new notification system in iOS 5.0. I'm sure work as already started on 5.0 and the 5th generation iPhone. Steve said it took 18 months to finish the 4th generation iPhone.
 
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neiltc13

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The way my Android phone handles notifications is one of the most impressive things about it. Every application can send notifications and they all appear in the same area.

iPhone OS has a long, long way to go.
 
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Smith288

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They cold have paid me to tell them that the notification is crap.
 
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f00f

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This is fantastic. I hope this guy leads to appealing changes in iOS' notification system.

Pushing notifications is not a bad method; how they are displayed in iOS is what's horrific. The blue popups are invasive at best and there's no way for them to be queued for review later. It's just sloppy.

Looking forward to seeing what Rich brings to the iOS table!
 
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Becordial

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Looking at the graphic in this article has me a bit surprised. I do not want thumbs up and thumbs down crap on my phone.

Please do not make my iPhone into a toy that blackberry owners will laugh at again.
 
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