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    On macOS I don’t want a minimal solution that is suitable for a mobile device. I want options that let me quickly dismiss or defer an item that’s interrupting my work. (And I certainly don’t want to hunt around in the window for a hidden control that lets me access a function.)

    Holy shit I hate that too. You get a notification, and it’s a featureless bubble with nothing but text and an image; you have to move the mouse to hover over the bubble in order for it to tell you what you can actually do with it. So dealing with a notification becomes a many-step process; first read the notification, then move the mouse over it, and only then can you start to consider what to do about it. Wouldn’t it be better if the possible actions was presented alongside the text of the notification, so I could consider my action while reading the text of the notification? But no, that wouldn’t be “pretty” or whatever Apple’s design choices are based on.

    Funnily considering the topic of the article, interacting with notifications is annoyingly inconsistent. My expectation when I just click on a notification is that I’m taken to the app which sent it, and that the app shows whatever the notification was about. And that works 99% of the time. The exception is when 1) I’m in a full screen app and 2) the notification is from Mail.app about a new e-mail. In that one particular situation, my full screen app’s window will shrink to take up half the screen, with the other half being black, until a mail window with the message eventually shows up in the empty space. I find that whole experience extremely jarring and unexpected every time it happens. It’s not at all the expected response to clicking a fucking notification.

    None of this was a problem when I was last using Mac devices around the Lion-Mavericks days. Now that I’m back on macs, I love their new hardware direction, but am wholly unimpressed by the software.

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      The bizarre thing to me is that Apple’s designers are missing the easy things. Every dilettante knows that mystery meat navigation is bad. Apple surely knows this as well. Why have they convinced themselves that no, actually it’s good?

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        At least some macOS notifications do this. They have buttons on the right side of the thing. For example, when you get a notification that pending software updates that need a restart are available then the ‘restart now’ and ‘restart later’ buttons are in the notification pop-up. If you want to do neither (restart manually later) then you need to click on the notification and have it open System Preferences to dismiss it.

        I presume that this means that the APIs exist but most developers aren’t using them.