I’m not going to lie when I say that the notification system on iOS is probably one of the worst features on the iPhone. It’s intrusive and the most agitating feature about the current OS. It doesn’t matter what app you’re in or what tasks you are in the middle of, if you get a notification, it completely disrupts everything you are doing. It got to the point where I just turned off almost all the push notifications except for the most essential ones.
iOS 5 introduces the new Notification Center app whichÂ improves upon the current notification system in every way possible. It’s built from the ground up and they’ve really tried to make this as intuitive and non-intrusive as possible. Gone is the ugly blue box, replaced with a much more elegant and informative Notification Center.
All your alerts. All in one place.
You get all kinds of notifications on your iOS device: new email, texts, friend requests, and more. With Notification Center, you can keep track of them all in one convenient location. Just swipe down from the top of any screen to enter Notification Center. Choose which notifications you want to see. Even see a stock ticker and the current weather. New notifications appear briefly at the top of your screen, without interrupting what youâ€™re doing. And the Lock screen displays notifications so you can act on them with just a swipe. Notification Center is the best way to stay on top of your lifeâ€™s breaking news.
The biggest change here is that the Lock screen is no longer just wasted space. The new notifications now appear on the Lock screen as useful information Each new notification you get appears as a list on the Lock screen so that you can see all the notifications you get at a glance. You can even respond to notifications directly from the Lock screen without having to open up the corresponding app manually. It’s a very useful new feature that saves quite you time by making it simpler.
Notifications within apps have also greatly improved as now, they appear on the top instead of right smack in the middle. They also no longer interrupt your apps as you can now keep working even when a new notification appears. You don’t know how many times I’ve been playing a game or watching a movie on Netflix where a new notification would completely interrupt what I Was doing and either completely screw up the game I was playing or force me to re-buffer Netflix. It was quite annoying.
All-in-all, I’m sure they borrowed a lot of these ideas from other existing mobile phone platforms but for iPhone users, this a much needed update and one that other platforms can no longer boast about.