iPhone Notification System

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bettermann09, Jun 17, 2010.


What notification system do you prefer?

  1. Apple's Modal

    30 vote(s)
  2. Google's Status Bar

    52 vote(s)
  3. Palm's Banner

    46 vote(s)
  4. Other - Explain below

    4 vote(s)
  1. Bettermann09 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2008
    As most of you know, iOS 4 has been announced with hundreds of new features. One of the features that has remained the same since the first iPhone OS is the modal notification system. Palm and Google have taken a completely different approach to the notification system. Palm used the "banner notification" system that was praised by many. Google uses the approach of running notifications through the status bar. The status bar can then be pulled down to deal with the notification.

    With the increased competition, it seems Apple is paying closer attention to consumer demands instead of incremental updates (ex. front-facing camera, retina display).
    Now I am asking the MacRumors community to speak out. Put any "fanboyism" aside and let Apple know what kind of notification system YOU want. Whether it be similar to Google's or Palm's notification system, just speak whatever is on your mind. There is a good chance your pleas will be heard and become the next great Apple innovation.

    If you are unfamiliar with the other notification systems, there are links below.

    Palm WebOS Video:

    Google Android Video:

    I will start out the thread by saying I find Google's status bar approach pretty innovative. It doesn't stop your from your current task, and all you need to do is pull down the status bar to respond or view.

    One more thing :D... no flaming others!!
  2. Bawstun macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2009
    iOS4 really needs a notification overhaul. One only needs to look at all of the jailbreak apps that do notifications better.

    Not to mention that the front-facing camera should also function as an LED light notifier for missed calls, text, emails, etc. It's plain archaic to have to turn on your phone lockscreen to see what's missed. And, because of iOS4's limited notification abilities, actually unlock the screen and fiddle around with different apps to get the full understanding of what's missed.

    Love the iPhone but damn if the notifications aren't in need of serious change.
  3. Bettermann09 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Your input is exactly what I was looking for!! Keep it coming!
  4. Sirobin macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2008
    This is a concept I did a while ago for the type of notification system I would like to see. Thoughts, comments?

    Attached Files:

  5. hsleiman macrumors regular

    May 30, 2008
    Morgantown, WV
    That's a great idea to use the led flash as a notification light. I hope a developer sees this and makes an app for jailbreak iphones.
  6. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Have to say I like the Palm one the most.

    With iPhone I more then not end up just closing the notification rather then paying attention to it when I'm doing something else.
  7. JayDude132 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2010
    I really like that! Now let's say i would click on the text message notification, would that text show up in that window? If so, that would be sweet.
  8. Sirobin macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2008
    Haha, what you’re looking at is the extent of what I’ve thought of. But yeah, that’s a good idea.
  9. JayDude132 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2010
    haha make things happen! :D
  10. -PsYcHoNoVa- macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2009
  11. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    for the iphone i think the status bar at the top would be to cluttered. i think your mock up is great, maybe a artificial led notification light (it would blink and everything!:D) on the status bar and u would tap it and ur mock up would pop up. but as for now the current one is nice but the fact that it disturbs you while doing things is a real pisser
  12. TSX macrumors 68030


    Oct 1, 2008
    The new iPhone
    has call event notifications. What ever that is.
  13. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    I think Palm's is first, Google's is second. The iPhone needs a MAJOR notification overall, which will probably end up in iOS 5. :apple:
  14. Fant macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    I like the idea of a notification that appears as a bubble near the top and slowly slides up showing just 1 line high (but smaller font since its readible on retina) ... and then hides away with just a number showing in the title bar for total unread notifications in the last hour. And then maybe a tab near the number so that you can pull it down like a windowshade to see them all and then pull it back up.
  15. tylertech macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    Yall are crazy. This is being saved for the iPhone 5.
  16. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Still favoring Apple's notification system; it's all I've ever know...:cool:
  17. ulbador macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    I gotta admit, the notification system is the one thing I miss from Android. Being able to set a custom ringer/vibrator/notification type for each notification (im message, mail, call, text message, etc) is just awesome. Not to mention pull down menu ala SBSettings.

    Didn't I read something recently here that the guy who designed the Palm notification system (which is supposed to be the best) got hired at Apple?
  18. Reaktor5 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2007
    New Hampshire, USA
    I think a separate homescreen page like 'search' could be useful for global notifications.
  19. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    I completely agree, the iPhone needs a notification system overhaul. Plus, a new clock screen.

    I have a feeling this will come with iOS 5.
  20. mafian macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    Hey, look at all that unused space above the dock icons!
    Imagine how many different notifications you could fit in there.
    You could even squeeze in a few widgets if you're creative enough.
    Think multiple pages, notifications in the middle page and widgets to the left and right, android-style.
  21. bahooki macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    :) at people that chose Apples idiotic implementation. Have you simply never seen a good one?
  22. Eluzion macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Yeah, I really don't know how anyone could prefer the iPhones notification system over... well, any other notification in my opinion. It is absolutely horrible with apps like Meebo, especially when you get multiple messages in a short period of time.

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