iOS 5 Feature: iOS Notifications Revamped With Notification Center, Lock Screen Display & More

WWDC 2011

As expected, Apple unveiled iOS 5 – their next generation mobile operating system at today’s WorldWide Developer Conference 2011 Keynote.

iOS 5 includes more than 200 features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users such as Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders and Twitter integration.

Apple has also improved the Camera app, Photo app, mobile Safari browser, Mail and Calendar app in iOS 5. With iOS 5, users also won’t need a computer.

In this post, we’ll go through the revamped iOS notification system in iOS 5. The current iOS notification system has always been seen as modal and disruptive, especially while the user is working at something important. Also, with only the most recent notification displayed at any moment, there are high chances of the user missing out on some important older notifications. Apple has addressed these issues in the revamped notification system.

The revamped iOS notifications in iOS 5 includes the following features:

  • You can see all the notifications in a single place via the Notification Center.
  • You can access the Notification Center from any app, all you need to is swipe down on the status bar. You can dismiss it by swiping up.
  • The notifications are grouped by application and sorted by time.
  • You can launch the relevant app to respond to the notification directly from Notification Center.
  • If you get a new notification, it will briefly appear at the top of screen instead of a popup, so it is no longer intrusive.
  • The lock screen also displays the notifications, so you can respond to them quickly with just a swipe.

You can checkout some screenshots of the revamped notification system below:

Notification Center:

Notifications show up at the top of the screen:

Lock Screen displaying Notifications:

You can also checkout other new features introduced in iOS 5:

Let us know what you think of the revamped iOS notification system in the comments section below.

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  • stan

    I like it!

  • Zang

    Awesome! And guess first 😛 but just awesome 😀 and the fact iCloud is free with iOS5 is just sweetness 😀

  • Nestor

    Isn’t this called MobileNotifier on Cydia? LOL

    • JD

      it is….u do know they hired the guy rite?

  • Vic

    .. and when iOS 5 will be available for iphone4?

    • Kwopau

      Sometimes in the Fall 2011. I’m gonna have to guess that probably when the next ipod line and the iphone line comes out. I have a feeling that the next generation iphone will come out at the same time as the ipod touch does.

      • JD

        they would never do that as the stores wouldnt be able to handle it.

      • Bob

        Err can anyone tell me which month is fall?

  • FurryToe

    At least it looks better that MobileNotifier!

  • PowerBaked420

    so is there a quick reply like in bitesms or does it just launch the app?

  • WOW

    do you think they really hired that one guy from Cydia?

  • Brunotuga

    This just proves that steve jobs jailbreak is iphone!

  • Carlos

    Isn’t it google´s android style notification?
    anyway, any improvement in notification is more than welcom 😉

  • putters

    On the features picture, where it lists many new features durring the WWDC presentation, text to speech was one of the ones listed

  • ios4

    Ok i already have all this function on my jailbroken iphone 3GS and more. Its good to see them on stock but its nothing new to me. I’m more interested in iphone 5 or iphone 4GS since i skipped the iphone 4. Lion is running smooth on my macbook pro with all the dev updaters except safari on that suck balls. Interesting how a native browser works poorly on a beta that a 3 party being Crome and firefox. I love apple products but damnnnnnn…..

  • Globe

    The notification center looks like Lockinfo.

  • cristov

    looks like a mix between lockinfo and notification GriP. Which is perfect for me.

    Disappointing in no Maps app upgrade

  • Fred

    The main reason I jailbreak my phone is for calendar and To do reminders on my lock screen via Lockinfo.

    Looks like iOS5 makes that unnecessary.

  • Playafied

    All I need now is to customize alert tones and I will no longer have a need to jailbreak my phone! Guess that will come in iOS 6 LOL

  • fas

    I hope they dont delay this much long. Common launch it already.

  • Joe

    So they admitted that Android has a much better notification system. Two years from now the fanboys will be claiming that it was invented in Cupertino.

    • Mark

      Joe, joe, joe. Do you never learn? Not only will we claim it as our own, but it will be infinitely better than the Android effort…

  • Joe

    When will email be added to the list of notification apps? I hate needing to get an SMS to get a notification.

    • Go into Settings -> Notifications. You can add Email to your list of notification apps.