iOS 8: Interactive Notifications [CONCEPT, VIDEO]

iOS 8: Interactive Notifications [CONCEPT, VIDEO]


Designer Sam Beckett is no stranger to creating beautiful concept videos for what, he envisions, could be next for Apple’s mobile and TV-connected products.

Way back in June 2012, for example, you may remember Beckett was responsible for creating a concept video detailing the software features he expected to see in Apple’s iOS 6 operating system.

That September, the designer was also responsible for creating another a concept video. The new video centred around Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5, and predicted the device would carry fingerprint-scanning technology, a 4-inch display, a ‘mini-dock’ port connector, and would only work with a “nano sim.” Little did Beckett know he would be just a year early on that fingerprint reader prediction.

Perhaps most notably, though, Beckett earlier this year released a concept video envisioning the features, he believed, Apple’s next-generation Apple TV product could arrive sporting.

The video almost went viral for its staying as true to reality as possible, showing just what the Apple TV could become if the company opened the device up to third-party software, live TV channels (which it all-but recently did by adding ABC Watch), and DVR-type recording.

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This week, Beckett is back with yet another concept video — this time focusing on what improvements the company could end up making to its highly-critersized iOS 7 operating system, with the eventual public release of the software’s next major iteration – iOS 8, next year.

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The concept specifically details what Beckett describes as “interactive notifications,” and plays on the idea that Apple could – with a few simple tweaks – add the ability for users to respond to incoming messages, by tapping a “reply” control to the right of the notification alert that slides down from the top of the user’s screen.

Once a user taps to “reply” to the incoming message, an overlaid messaging window envelops the screen (temporarily) allowing the user to see and interact with the full conversation — before returning to where they last left off in the app they were using.

While certainly not ground-breaking, it is software functionality that we think most will agree should have been there from the start.

What do you think?