Apple could allow automatically switching to an active device for notifications

Imagine you’re working on your Mac, wearing your Apple Watch, and your iPhone is on the kitchen counter. In this situation, when you receive a notification, it is broadcast and displayed on all your Apple devices, whether you look at them or not. Apple intends to change this and deliver the notification only to the currently active device..

According to a recent report by AppleInsider, Apple recently filed a new patent, titled “Switching between watches and other accessorieswhich hints at a new system for intelligently switching to an active device to view ongoing notifications. Although the patent focuses on Apple Watch models and other accessories, the Cupertino giant could develop it further to make it available for all of its devices, including MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and Macs.

If the technology is further developed, devices in Apple’s integrated ecosystem will be able to detect the device a user is using and intelligently redirect notifications to that device instead of forwarding them. to all devices simultaneously.

So in the future, when a notification is issued while you are working on your Mac with all your Apple devices nearby, it will only be redirected to your Mac as it will be the most active.

For those who don’t know, a similar system already exists for people who own several models of Apple Watch. If you pair more than one Apple Watch with your iPhone, you’ll get an “Auto Switch” option in the Watch app. By activating this option, the first model of Apple Watch will be automatically locked as soon as you take it off your wrist and will switch to the secondary model when you put it on.

Only a patent for the moment

With the new patent, this feature will be further improved and your Apple Watch models will be able to communicate with each other and detect which one is currently active or worn by you. Thus, a new notification will only be sent to the active model of the Apple Watch and not to the inactive model.

Regarding the availability of the feature, it is currently unclear whether Apple will introduce such a feature, as it is still a patent. However, this would be a welcome change.

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