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.