Apple Gets the Message About Centralized Notifications on Mobile

Yep, looks like iOS5 introduces a centralized messaging system: the Notification Center.

Image of notification center referenced from Appe.com. Copyright acknowledged.

Wonder where they got that idea from?

Seriously, way to go though; this matches and probably betters what I really like about Android’s notifications system. I’ll have to check it out myself, though.

Application UX's own research last year confirmed that the centralized approach really is something that enterprise users in the US and in the UK wanted. The iOS5 feature will really help Apple in the enterprise user market too. Up to now, iOS has been dismal in the notifications space anyway, IMO, and pretty useless for users on the go using different apps and communications methods (business and personal - the line has become so blurred now) together and who need to manage all those their notifications efficiently, reflective of how they work.

I'll be also watching out for what personalization features are offered around the notification center, and what level of control users have over when, where, and how they get those notifications.

Good job, Apple.

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