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Some developers have taken it upon themselves to improve upon Apple's current notification system. Peter Hajas provides MobileNotifier for jailbroken iPhones through Cydia.  (Source: Peter Hajas)
Apple is ready to overhaul its OS portfolio

June is shaping up to be a big month for Apple, as the company plans to overhaul its software portfolio and introduce a new cloud offering. Apple will unveil its offerings at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6. 

Apple has already given developers an early taste of OS X 10.7 "Lion", but the company will officially unveil its finished (or near finished) iteration of the next generation desktop/notebook operating system at WWDC.

Lion brings a number of new features to Apple's flagship operating system, including a number of iOS staples like multi-touch gestures, auto saving for apps, full screen aps, and a fully integrated App Store. Other additions include iCal 4.0 and an overhauled Mail app that takes a few design cues from the iPad's version.

Apple will also unveil iOS 5 at WWDC for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Apple's iOS UI has stayed pretty much the same since it was first introduced in 2007. Sure, there have been major features like multitasking and folders that have been tacked onto the OS, but it's still a design that dates back four years. 

Apple is sure to boast of "over 100 new features added" when iOS is introduced next month, but the one feature request that is at the top of nearly everyone's wish list is an overhauled notification system. The current notification system in iOS is beyond antiquated and has long been surpassed by superior implementation from HP/Palm and Google. Apple has no excuse not to fix this obvious shortcoming with iOS 5, so expect “magical” notifications “done right” to be displayed front and center during the keynote.

Finally, Apple made a slight mention of its upcoming iCloud online music service in its press release, referring to it is as an "upcoming cloud services offering." Apple already reportedly has deals in place with three of the four major record labels with regards to licensing. The only holdout so far is Universal Music. 

Apple’s iCloud offering will be going toe-to-toe with Amazon’s Cloud Drive and Google Music.

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Lots riding on this one
By Commodus on 5/31/2011 11:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously, Android has raised the table stakes for Apple. That and iOS has mostly been a lot of iterative upgrades (if welcome ones). A significant rethink would do wonders.

As it stands, what's increasingly being suggested: widgets, much better notifications, over-the-air updating, and of course iCloud music streaming. Mix that with an iPhone 5 and it's a pretty good case for an iPhone unless you're all-in on Android (and remember, alpha geeks, you do not define the market).

RE: Lots riding on this one
By erple2 on 6/1/2011 6:22:49 PM , Rating: 2
I find that interesting that the features being suggested are already available on Android, a platform that was "late" to the smartphone game. I'm curious as to what that says about the future. Does this mean that Apple is going to have to start copying good ideas from Android? Hopefully - good ideas are good ideas, regardless of who came up with them.

Widgets ? check.
Much Better Notifications ? well, my android phone doesn't scream front and center when I get an IM, so I'd say check.
Over the Air Updating ? Check.
iCloud music streaming ? Well, I can't do iCloud streaming with my Android, but I can do that with Amazon cloud music streaming now, does that count?

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