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iPhone jailbreak notification maker joins Apple

updated 02:15 pm EDT, Fri June 3, 2011

MobileNotifier creator joins Apple

Apple has signaled its intent to improve iOS' notification systems beyond what's expected in iOS 5 by quietly making a rare hire of a jailbreak app developer. MobileNotifier's creator Peter Hajas told fans in a blog post that he had "other opportunities" requiring he bow out of the project. He wouldn't say why but dropped several unmistakable clues that Apple was the hire.

"Stay hungry and stay foolish," he said, alluding to Steve Jobs' commencement speech for Stanford University in 2005.

A follow-up Twitter update (since pulled) mentioned that he was "off to work in CA at a 'fruit' company," leaving little doubt as to his destination.

MobileNotifier has been praised as one of the examples of what has been possible on the iPhone when not bound by Apple's app policies. The utility modified the iPhone's Springboard, or home screen, with a subtler notification system that stacked notices and let users choose to answer, ignore or clear individual notifications. The lock screen had also been modified. A final beta 5 build even added features that virtually no other phone OS involves, such as replying to a text message directly from a pop-up instead of jumping to the app.

The notification system has been a sore point in iOS so far because of its blunt pop-up nature and the inability to go back to a recent notification if it's accidentally dismissed. Android and webOS have often been held up as better examples. iOS 5 may have already fixed much of the problems since Apple hired HP's notification designer a year ago, but Hajas could be onboard to improve it further and contribute to other parts of the interface.

Apple's recruitment carries a degree of irony, as Apple has usually tried to discourage jailbreaking and loading apps from outside of the App Store. At one point, it pushed Toyota out of a jailbreak app ad deal under concerns it might legitimize the option. Now, however, it may see one of its larger interface breakthroughs come from the same jailbreak community. [via Redmond Pie]

by MacNN Staff



  1. azrich

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If true,

    If this is true, than my initial reaction is- good. I'm happy to see that corporate ego doesn't get in the way of business decisions that would benefit them in the long run. Why not, this isn't a hacker that attacked Apple's computers or has done damage to them in a direct way.

    Of course, the 'Jersey boy in me wants to say something about 'they didn't hire him for that hair cut!'

    What's that saying about keeping your friends close and your jail-breakers closer? How 'close' is hiring the guy?


  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just Looked at it

    But LockInfo combined with biteSMS is better than this.

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  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2011


    Apple hire me

    Apple can hire me, I circumvented all their operating system controls by getting a Droid and putting Windows 7 on a McBook Pro and ditching McOS entirely.

    I'd have a lot of great ideas on how to go forward dismantling Apple.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If you can't win...

    Might as well join them? ! # ! @ ! $

    That's one of the worst things about the iPhone, It's never truly yours until you root it; and with every new update you have to keep fighting the company you actually paid dearly just to keep it yours...

    It will take a long time but in the end Openness will triumph!

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I hope this is a sign that Apple is going to relax on the jail breaking front. I think the iPhone could be even better if they opened up and allowed Pros to fiddle with their iPhones more. Feel free to keep the hacker stuff off the app store, but make sure you leave room for side loading un approved apps.

    Though the best way to fight the jail breakers is to embrace them and give them the features people are modding their phone for.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Looks like poorly designed knockoff of the Android notification system.
    Read/direct access to the text from the top bar? Android knockoff.
    Swipe down from the top of the screen to access alerts? Android knockoff.
    Dismiss the alert from the top bar? Android knockoff.

    These hackers better do their homework or they'll be finding themselves on the receiving end of a Google lawsuit from all this Android Knockoffery going about.

    Just saying.


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. Thecombinationis12345

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    MobileNotifier is a bad design. Notifications take up a rather large chunk of the screen. If this is what Apple is doing, they will still fall behind the competition.

  1. facebook_Laici

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    Joined: Jun 2011



    I do not know how do I respond in this case.. hehe..

    new entry:

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    >>>I hope this is a sign that Apple is going to relax on the jail breaking front.

    Keep dreaming.

    If Steve does not think of it or want it, YOU AIN'T GETTING IT.

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