iOS 6 Hands-On: Apple Clears Away Redundant Notifications


If you have an iPhone and iPad, then you know that it’s annoying to get a message since it goes to both devices. If you read a message on your iPhone, you still have to see it again the next time you open your iPad, and vice versa. This really builds up if you get a bunch of messages during the day, and then see your iPad at night.

With iOS 6, Apple has fixed this problem so that if you read a message on your iPhone, the notification disappears from your iPad. It’s such a subtle change, but it makes such a difference in terms of a smooth experience. Redundant notifications were one of the problems with iCloud & iOS 5, and it’s great to see it subtly rectified. Also, you can access the messages notifications on either device, and then it will disappear from the device you don’t check. For now, it only works with Apple’s stock apps, but it will likely be extended once developers update their apps for iOS 6 in the fall.

The move could also indicate that Apple is moving all of their push notifications to iCloud.

27 Comments on "iOS 6 Hands-On: Apple Clears Away Redundant Notifications"

  1. Eduardo June 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM -

    It has always been that way for me in messages, however I have to open my email on all my iOS devices to update the badge

    • Trevor Sheridan June 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM -

      Not in iOS 5, we even tested it with another iOS 5 device with the two iOS 6 devices. You still need to clear the message on an iOS 5 device, and even when the message notification is cleared off an iOS 6 device.

      • Connor June 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM -

        Nope, it definitely worked this way in iOS 5. I’m a very heavy iMessage user and use Messages heavily on both my iPhone and iPad. It was not always very consistent–sometimes it would take a few seconds or a few minutes and sometimes it would never work until you manually opened the app, but it definitely worked in iOS 5 at least some of the time.

        • Trevor Sheridan June 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM -

          It has never once worked for us, until we manually opened the app. I have a 4th gen iPod touch on iOS 5 still, and got the same message on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Read on iPhone (iOS 6), auto cleared on iPad (iOS 6), and had to manually clear on iPod touch (iOS 5).

          Also, most reviews of iOS 5, iCloud, and iMessage, specifically mention the problem.

  2. Richard Mitchell June 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM -

    This has been the case with iMessage since iOS 5.

  3. Matt Williams June 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM -

    It’s always worked with me like that on ios5

    I’d imagine you have to have send/read receipts on on all devices. Plus you might have problems going ios6 to ios5