Although likely the most advanced mobile OS on the market, iOS has never had a notifications system that other mobile operating systems could envy. In fact, some downright think it’s intrusive, or completely non-practical when a truckload of alerts are waiting to be confirmed.
Since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007, designers and developers alike took it upon themselves to make iOS even better, whether it was through concepts or real software distributed through channels that required a jailbroken handset.
Starting this summer, those who hacked their devices only to install a new notifications mechanism may want to revert back to their stock iOS firmware as Apple is preparing to launch a revamped iOS 5 with a completely overhauled alerting system.
The rumor stems from Apple’s recent hiring
of Peter Hajas, the guy who coded Mobile Notifier for the iOS jailbreak community. His software is currently only available through Cydia, but may be completely incorporated in iOS 5.
Hajas recently announced that he was “taking a break from MobileNotifier… for a while”.
Avoiding to provide specifics, he said “it’s worth it. Trust me. If you look around hard enough, you’ll probably figure it out.”
He signed the post with “Until then, stay hungry and stay foolish” - a Steve Jobs quote.
The man also reportedly tweeted: “I will be back for a few weeks, then I’m off to work in CA at a ‘fruit’ company.”
Finally, Hajas most recently added Apple to his list of employers on Facebook. He is beginning as an Intern, like most new Apple recruits do.
As noted above, it is believed Apple has agreed to have Hajas’ notifications system completely baked in iOS 5.
For now, he may simply oversee this development, with Apple planning more ambitious projects for his skills.