Apple revamped the iOS Notification System in iOS 5 with features such as the Notification Center, banner notifications etc, which addressed most of the problems. So we didn’t really see the need or expect too many changes in the Notification System in iOS 6.
Not surprisingly, Apple has only made some minor tweaks to the Notification system in iOS 6.
So let’s take a look at the enhancements/tweaks that are coming to iOS Notification system in iOS 6:
Status of Notifications synced across iOS devices:
According to folks at Apple “N” Apps, in iOS 6, if you check or clear a notification on your iOS device, the notification disappears from the Notification center and alerts disappear from the Lock screen across all your other iOS devices. Currently in iOS 5.x.x, you have to dismiss the same notification on all your iOS devices, even though you have already dealt with it, which is quite a pain.
Check out the demo of how this works in the video embedded below:
Customize Notifications For Each Mail Account:
Currently you can customize notifications only for the Mail app (across all your email accounts), which was not too convenient if you have multiple email accounts. With iOS 6, you will be able to customize notifications for each email account, thus giving you more granular control.
Do Not Disturb:
This is a new toggle in the Settings app (just above Notifications), which allows you to suppress all incoming calls (diverted to voicemail) and notifications.
You can also customize how the “Do not Disturb” feature works via the Settings app (Settings -> Notifications -> Do Not Disturb.) You can also schedule the time when you do not want to be disturbed.
We have covered the “Do not Disturb” feature here, as some of the settings are relevant to the Phone app that has received some useful call management features in iOS 6.
Some other minor improvements:
- You will be able to compose a tweet or post on Facebook directly from iOS Notification Center. As you can see in the screenshot below, Apple has added “Tap to Tweet” and “Tap to Post” shortcuts in iOS Notification Center, which means you will be able to quickly access them from any app. (Note: This probably doesn’t falls under Notification system, but since it’s a change in Notification Center, we’ve mentioned it here.)
- Reminder app will finally display badges for outstanding tasks in iOS 6.
- We’re not sure if this falls under Notification system, but as we reported earlier, apps that downloaded and installed from the App Store get a “New” label in iOS 6 until they’re used for the first time.
Features in our wish list that didn’t make it to iOS 6:
- Ability to access the Notification Center from the Lock screen.
- Ability to dismiss notifications in the Notification center with gestures rather than the current cumbersome method of hitting the small cross icon and clear button.
- Ability to dismiss all notification in one go.
- Dynamic Notification badges as seen in this concept video.
Let us know what you think about improvements made to iOS Notification system in iOS 6. Are you happy with them or you expected a lot more?
If you find something new in iOS 6, please let us know as we would love to share it here.