Update # 1 - Webkit team has started development on web app manifest. Latest status here.
Web push notifications have made their mark felt for quite some time now. All the leading browsers with the exception of Safari on iOS support service workers and web push API. While Safari does support push notifications on Mac OS, browser notifications are not supported on iOS yet.
One of the most frequently asked questions by developers is when would they browser notifications get enabled for iOS ( iPhones and iPads). They have been waiting for iOS push notifications since Chrome extended web push API, back in April 2015.
The status of the Service Worker has now changed from 'Supported in Preview ' to 'Supported'.
Web Push Notifications have clearly made difference in every marketing campaign it gets involved in. The Wider impact is because of almost all the browsers including Chrome, Firefox and Opera now support Web Push Notifications and Service Workers.
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Web Push Notifications essentially requires Service Workers. The image below shows how delayed iOS Safari is in terms of applying the Service Workers.
As you can see, Safari iOS has finally supported service workers in iOS 11.3. But what is on hold, is their support for Web Push Notifications.
iOS the reluctant one
iOS prefers to live within its own closed walls of its palace. Hence it is very selective even when it comes to supporting apps. First and foremost not all apps are available for iOS. The ones that are, need to be registered with the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS). They have to be manually opted for receiving push notifications. On other android phones, it is the bonus of the marketer to make people opt-in.
iOS has its own sets of rules and a long pre-review checklist for accepting app's push notifications which app developers must abide by. But now, Progressive Web Apps is supported on iOS! Which means that you can now install apps without the stringent app store approval.
iOS push notifications - Final word
Even though it has started supporting service workers, it doesn't support Web Push Notifications yet. But there is a ray of hope with the support of service workers.
For now, Safari only supports push notification on Mac. After the release of Chrome 63, Chrome web push notifications are displayed on native Mac OS notification system. Hopefully, iOS push notifications will come out in a few years as mentioned in the 5-year plan at the WebKit contributors meeting, 2015.
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Here are some additional handy resources on web push notifications:
- Understanding web push notifications and their evolution
- Why Progressive Web Apps are critical for web
- Safari Push Notifications for Mac OS X
Check out this detailed article to know all about Web Push Notifications, stay up-to-date about the status of iOS push notifications and know the browsers that support push notifications.
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