Apple Testing iCloud Notification Banners?
After iOS 5’s banner notifications, here comes the news of the banner notification system that appears to be coming to the iCloud Web site.
This news was leaked from a potentially premature test by Apple, in which a banner entitled, “Default Title for English” says, “English – This is test message description” pops up after logging into the Web site.
In iOS 5, the banner notifications disappear automatically. However, in the iCloud version, it appears that the banner comes with a manual dismiss option via a round X button on the right side. This is probably a good idea since sometimes, people leave their computers running and walk away from them, while when using an iPhone or other iOS device, we are usually carrying them on our person at all times.
OS X Mountain Lion, expected to launch this Summer, is also gaining Notification Center and the banner notification system. With the new Mac operating system becoming integrated with iCloud just as iOS 5 has become, it does not come as much of a surprise that Apple is trying to make the Web site more interactive. While most people probably would not have a Web browser with iCloud opened on their computers all day long, the banner notification system could mean something more.
One maybe wondering what could Apple use banner notifications for on the iCloud Web site. Appel could use it for many different things, including a notification when a device is found on a Google Map, or perhaps a notification when your documents finish syncing across iCloud. Being that iCloud is a pretty restrictive cloud service, the things Apple would be able to notify you about would be quite limited.