Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Apple iWatch could be useful or completely impractical - Chicago Sun-Times

Excerpt from Andy Ihnatko analysis of a potential iWatch
"Don’t undersell Apple’s app notification system just because it appears to have been ripped off from Android and Growl. The pull-down mechanism and pop-up/fadeaway behavior are surface manifestations of a powerful infrastructure that Apple’s been shipping and improving for six years. It allows apps to push alerts and notifications wherever they need to go, even across the Internet, and to arrive at their destination whether the target device is fully awake or not. Every iOS and MacOS device already has a sophisticated switchboard for managing notifications from dozens of sources. An Apple smartwatch could simply be a new destination for those centralized alerts. Would developers even need to modify their apps to target the watch specifically? Maybe not; out of the box, an Apple watch could be a busy extension of your phone and desktop."
Apple iWatch could be useful or completely impractical - Chicago Sun-Times
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