iOS 7 Feature: Revamped Notification Center

Apple introduced Notification Center in iOS 5 to give users a quick way to check all notifications and alerts in a single place without leaving the app they’re in. Prior to that, the notification system was modal and disruptive, and it was difficult to keep track of them.

Notification Center did not get a lot of attention in iOS 6, expect for the “Tap to tweet” and “Tap to post” shortcuts for Facebook and Twitter and syncing of notification status across iOS devices.

In iOS 7, Apple has made some improvements and changes to Notification Center. Before we go into the details here’s what Apple has to say about the improvements to Notification Center in iOS 7:

Notification Center lets you know about new mail, missed calls, to-dos that need doing, and more. And a new feature called Today gives you a convenient summary of, well, today. One glance at your iPhone and you’ll know if it’s a certain someone’s birthday, if you’ll need an umbrella, or if traffic will slow down your commute. You’ll even get a heads-up on tomorrow. You can access Notification Center from any screen, including the Lock screen. Just swipe down. And get up to speed.

So here’s what has changed in Notification Center:

  • The grey linen background of the Notification Center has been replaced by a translucent/blurred background. It has a dark tint compared to the Control Center, with light smudges based on the color of the app icons or what’s underneath. Like the camera slider, Notification Center obeys the laws of gravity, if you slam it down, it’ll bounce.

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  • The Notification Center in iOS 7 is divided into three tabs namely Today, All and missed.
    • Today: It shows you the current date and time, along with information of the current weather and your next appointment. It also provides commute details of locations you have frequently visited. The feature seems to be similar to Google Now feature, which gives traffic conditions before you leave for work. Below that it displays the Calendar view for the next 6 hours, Reminders and Stocks. It also displays tomorrow’s summary, which gives suggestions such as going to bed early if you’ve a busy day tomorrow.

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Screenshot of the Today feature showing traffic information

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Screenshot of the Today feature showing tomorrow’s summary

    • All: It displays all the alerts you’ve received in the last 24 hours.
    • Missed: It lets you see the alerts you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
  • You can access the Notification Center from the Lock screen just like iOS 7′s all-new Control Center. If you’re worried about privacy, then don’t worry, you can turn off the Show on Lock screen toggle for an app in the Settings app. The setting is currently used to show or hide alerts on the Lock screen.
  • Banner notifications and alerts get the flat design treatment.
  • You can dismiss banner notifications by swiping up on them.
  • Apple has removed the “Tap to tweet” and “Tap to post” shortcuts for Facebook and Twitter. We’re not surprised as they always seemed out of place in the Notification Center. However, it is surprising that Apple has not added them to Control Center.
  • The font size of the notification text is relatively bigger, which should improve readability.
  • You have the option to disable the Today view when you access Notification Center from the Lock screen.
  • You also have the option to disable today’s summary, Calendar day view, Reminders, Stocks and tomorrow’s summary from the Today tab via the Settings app.

Things we didn’t get:

  • Ability to dismiss a notification with a gesture in Notification Center, which would have been a lot more intuitive.
  • Option to dismiss all Notifications. You can only dismiss notification at an app level like before. You still have to tap on the x button and then the Clear button to dismiss the notifications, which is quite ridiculous.
  • Actionable Notifications: Notifications are kind of read only, when you tap or swipe on them, they launch the relevant app, that allows us to take the appropriate action. However, that’s too basic. We were hoping Apple will let us interact with the notifications, which will be possible in OS X Mavericks, so we can reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime video call, or delete an email right from a notification.
  • When Apple introduced the Notification Center in iOS 5, we were excited by custom widgets for Weather and Stocks. We were hoping that Apple will open up API to allow developers create standalone widgets or as extensions to their apps. However, Apple seems to have killed the idea of widgets completely in iOS 7 by replacing the weather with a more descriptive information and a list view for stocks in the Today view.

The new Notification center will be available in iOS 7 when it is released later this fall.

Do you like the changes and improvements to Notification Center in iOS 7? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Way 2 iOS

    THis is been a long waiting feature for ios, It looks way better than Android. Lets see how it does help iOS to regain it’s value.

  • wolverinemarky

    when you say all alerts do you actually mean all because on most apps you can only see like the last 10 alerts in notification center now?

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      The number of alerts for an app would still be governed by the Notification Center settings.

  • wolverinemarky

    and would have loved if they went more intelliscreenx with it

  • Person

    Nice…

  • Mcee

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    Thanks to all who may have good advice
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  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    not quite a completed project ! (in connection with iOS7. the overall analysis of iOS 7 appears ends up with a evaluation stating it’s a “rush through task” to complete development phases of the software project development. Lack of consistency. marc

  • IOS DESTROYER

    come on jare this is just design nothing else it is the same useless ios that has been existing for years. They just changed the design.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

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    see also: iOS 7 Preview: Redesigned Home Screen

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    see also: iOS 7 Preview: Redesigned Home Screen

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  • Steve

    I would like my Lock screen to show the “Today” Tab

  • iOS 7 is the s**t

    The iOS is amazing, I have iOS 7 right now (not the beta). New animations, notification sounds were redone (still have the classic iPhone sounds but updated) really smooth. The lock screen has seen much improvement. I’m loving the

  • anonymous

    i love it, my wifi at my house wouldnt connect to my phone and since i updated it, it will now

  • Kaylene

    I prefer to have the Tap to tweet and clear view of the weather in the notification bar.

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    iPhone 3 and 3GS users will be used to their sleek looking device with the curved plastic back, and I must

    admit I loved this design, so when the iPhone 4 came along with its rectangular and flat design I was rather

    put off and thought initially that it was borderline ugly.