Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Slippery Notifications

Notifications remain a system feature that, at least on Apple’s platforms, asks a lot from users for such simple benefit. On iOS and MacOS, it is too easy to be zipped into a different app, especially if you are trying to dismiss the notification instead. And, if you indiscriminately opt into receiving notifications, there are few system-level ways to control the number and frequency from any app; it is up to developers to be judicious. And the preference pane for notifications remains too complex — but it is, at least, honestly representative of the messy features it controls.