I prefer the Android notifications system over iOS. However I prefer iOS as a platform. How might Apple address the current notification system?
You can’t have a drag from the top since many apps and games do not house a status bar to interact with. You have the double-press home button which brings up the app switcher/iTunes controls… but the left side of that is taken up with apps and the right side the audio/transport controls.
Would there be a single notification app that could not be quit and exists in the first position with a badge of message count (generic) that would open up to display all notifications broken down by application? That could work, but involves work to view the notifications (double-press home, then select the generic messages app) – not ideal.
The way things are currently set-up it would seem that iOS has painted itself into a corner in regards to notification UI. You probably wouldn’t want some custom UI on home screen(s) that takes up a row of icons space that displays some expandable notification UI (think folder type expansion) because the user would have to single-click to the home screen to see what’s there in a preview & swipe that to expand?
If one were to place some system-level area above any running application (say gesture top to the right and then down in the top right corner) – would that affect performance and potentially interfere with an application’s touches?
A conundrum to be sure. How do you think Apple would best address the notification quandary they find themselves in at the moment?