Fixing Messages for OS X

Scott Allen has an idea:

If Messages is running on my Mac, and my status is Available, any iMessage I receive should only alert me on my Mac. The messages should still go to my other iOS device(s), but without an alert.

If Messages is not running on my Mac, then everything should function on my iOS devices as it does currently.

Not a bad idea, but the important thing is that Allen is focused on the actual problem, which is that with the current implementation, people are getting badgered with too many unwanted alerts on iOS devices for incoming iMessages from buddies who are treating it like IM. Dan Moren’s aforelinked suggestion that Apple break it into two apps is, perhaps, a throwing-out-the-baby-with-the-bath-water solution.

Thursday, 12 April 2012