Beta versions of iOS and iPadOS 16.4 that have been released to developers today add support for web push notifications, a feature Apple promised on iOS 16 in June.

Websites registered as web apps on the home screen can send web push notifications to iPhone and iPad users through the Push API, Notifications API, and Service Workers. A web app added to the “home screen” can ask the user for permission to send push notifications, as described by Apple’s WebKit team.

A web app that has been added to the home screen can request permission to receive push notifications as long as that request is in response to direct user interaction, such as pressing an ‘S’ button. subscribe” provided by the web application. iOS or iPadOS will prompt the user to allow the web app to send notifications. User can then manage these permissions per web app in notification settings like any other app on iPhone and iPad.

Website notifications are designed to work just like notifications from other apps, appearing on the lock screen in Notification Center and on a paired Apple Watch.

Other new features in Safari 16.4 include Focus support for managing Safari push notifications, number of badges for website push notifications, third-party browser support for adding to “l ‘home screen’, and more.

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