iOS 15.4 says web apps will soon get push notification support

Source: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

iOS 15.4 seems to suggest that Apple is working on adding push notification support for web apps, but it’s not working yet.

According to changes found in the first beta of iOS 15.4 by developer Maximiliano Firtman and reported by 9to5Mac, Apple’s iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 lay the groundwork for giving web apps the ability to push notifications to iPhones and iPads. by adding a new API.

A similar feature already exists on the Mac, but it hasn’t been supported on iPhones or iPads so far. Currently, only apps downloaded through the App Store can send notifications to people. This severely limits the capabilities offered by web apps and means that developers have to integrate their apps into the App Store if they want to send notifications to users. However, it looks like that might change in the future.

As Firtman notes, however, testing the new API results in failure. When working properly, the API presents a permission dialog to users asking if a website can indeed send them notifications. Since iOS 15.4 beta 1, this dialog is not presented, which means that notifications are blocked. This will change in the future, of course.

Giving web developers the ability to send notifications to users will help web apps better compete with apps offered through the App Store, which will no doubt help Apple’s claims that web apps are a viable option. for developers.

Developers eager to take advantage of this new notifications API can read more on Maximiliano Firtman’s blog, including information on the tests performed.

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