Here’s What’s New in Notifications in iOS 6

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Apple revamped Notifications 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 Notifications in iOS 6.

So let’s take a look at the enhancements/tweaks that are coming to iOS Notification system in iOS 6:

Notifications Synced With iCloud:

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 6 devices. In iOS 5.x.x, you had to dismiss the same notification on all your iOS devices, even though you have already dealt with it, which was quite a pain.

Customize Notifications For Each Mail Account:

In iOS 5.x.x, you could customize notifications only for the Mail app across all your email accounts, which was not too convenient if you have multiple email accounts and some not so important. In iOS 6, you can customize notifications for each email account, thus giving you more granular control over notifications.

You can also set custom notifications for VIP’s here, which will override all other Mail notification settings.

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 in more details 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 can now 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 can quickly send a tweet or post on Facebook from any app. Update: It’s enabled by defaulted. You can disable the Share widget from Notification Center via the Settings App (Settings -> Notifications -> Share Widget – Tap on the Notification Center toggle to disable it). 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 finally displays badges for outstanding tasks in iOS 6.
  • New apps downloaded and installed from the App Store get a “New” label as seen below in iOS 6 until they’re used for the first time.
  • Notification Center now includes the end time of calendar events. In iOS 5.x.x, you could only see the start time and would have to open Calendars to see the end time.
  • Notification Center displays the day of the week and date along with the duration of the upcoming Calendar event.
  • Notification Center displays the entire location of an event, even if it takes up multiple lines. Previously, events with long locations were just cut off with an ellipsis. Hat tip to Chadwick Will for the last three changes.

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 the 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.