Do Not Disturb is a really useful feature introduced in iOS 6 that lets you silence calls, notifications and alerts during meetings, naps and other times you’d not like to be disturbed. It can be enabled either by manually switching it on, or setting a specific DND period everyday between which you’d not like to be disturbed. While the scheduling is definitely convenient, it isn’t flexible enough to resemble real world DND patterns. For example, you won’t have a meeting all 7 days of the week on the same time.
What part of iOS represents your real world DND patterns accurately? Your Calendar, of course. So why not integrate DND into the Calendar app itself?
That’s what designer Joshua Tucker proposes in his new iOS concept. With an additional “Do not disturb” field in every calendar event, he says, you could automatically trigger the mode as the even starts and disable it once it concludes. Because the data is fetched from your calendar, it doesn’t need to be as rigid as the “Schedule” option in the DND settings, and can be configured from other devices as well (assuming you have syncing turned on). The integration would also be benefited from the recurring events option in Calendar, which lets you create daily, weekly, monthly or yearly events.
As an example, let’s say I have a college class at 10:00 AM, 1:30 AM, and 4:30 AM. I could just simply set a Schedule from 10:00 to whenever my class ends, or have to toggle it on and off that number of times.
It’s more efficient and productive to have to set it only once and it take care of it all for you. Since calendar events can span numerous weeks, months, and days, I can set Do Not Disturb in the event and it will mandate every single instance of that event until the event no longer repeats.
I also don’t have to worry either about forgetting to enable Do Not Disturb since it will take care of it for me. Of course, you can override it by turning Do Not Disturb off in Settings or changing the availability off Do Not Disturb.
Integrating Reminders as well would bring location as a trigger mechanism for DND mode.
The feature could even be more useful if DND could be activated using any sort of trigger, not just a Calendar event or a Reminder, but even, say for instance, a change in the state of the hardware mute switch. In fact, the ability to set up IFTTT like triggers to automate tasks on an iOS device would be pretty awesome to have. Jailbreak tweak Activator does this partially, and Android has apps that already do this.
What do you think of the DND Calendar integration, and the larger idea to have a system to automate tasks on your iOS devices?