The iOS-ification of the Web

Summary:Much has been written about the iOS-ification of Mac OS, but is the Web next?

iCloud Notification banner on Safari - Jason O'Grady

Much has been written about the iOS-ification of Mac OS, but what about the iOS-ification of the Web?

It began with features from iOS slowly migrating into OS X on the desktop -- like LaunchPad, gestures, reverse scrolling and sandboxing (which arrived in  OS X 10.7 Lion) and it continues with Notifications, Messages, Reminders, and Notes which will arrive this summer in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

It appears that Apple might be taking its iOS features to a completely new frontier -- the Web browser.

MacRumors and 9to5Mac both reported sightings of what appear to be an iOS-like notification banner while browsing from a desktop Web browser.

The notification (pictured above) simply reads "Default Title for English- This is a test message description" and appears to be a test of a possible future iCloud status notification and most likely an extension of Notification Center which arrived in iOS 5 and is slated to arrive on the desktop in OS X 10.8 ("Mountain Lion") in late summer 2012.

9to5Mac notes that the icon in the notification banner is the icon Apple uses to signify troubleshooting, help, and system status.

While such a feature isn't unrealistic (in fact, it feels like a natural evolution of Notification Center) it shows how far Apple's iOS features have come.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple, Hardware


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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