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Meet Web Push  ↦

One of the smaller (but big for webdevs) announcements from yesterday’s WWDC keynote was Web Push coming to Safari. It’s built on three web standards all working together. What does it do, well it enables websites to “notify their users of time-sensitive or high-priority events, even if the user does not currently have the site open.”

As long as you’ve coded your web application to the standards you will be able to reach Safari 16 users on macOS Ventura. You don’t need to join the Apple Developer Program to send Web Push notifications.

That’s good news, but is this feature something users want? I can think of zero websites that I’ve allowed to send me notifications even when Safari is open, let alone when I’m not even browsing the web.

Jen Simmons posted a nice thread on Twitter alongside the announcement and fielded many people’s questions/concerns along the way.


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