The iOS-ification of the Web

Much has been written about the iOS-ification of Mac OS, but is the Web next?
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor

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 iCloud.com 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.

Editorial standards