Monday, June 6, 2011

Apple Introduces The Notification Center in iOS 5

In the months leading up to Apple’s WWDC event, push notifications seemed to be at the top of every iPhone user’s wish lists
for features to get revamped in iOS 5. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of evidence that Apple was looking to do just that.
Well the wait is over folks as Steve Jobs and company have taken the stage at WWDC to unveil the latest version of iOS, and once again Apple has not disappointed. Enter the new Notifications Center, which happens to look a lot like MobileNotifier…
The jailbreak utility known as MobileNotifier and the mastermind behind it, Peter Hajas, have received a lot of attention over the last few weeks. The way iOS used to handle notifications was so poor that it had a lot of folks looking for an alternative.
Well following the news that Hajas has been hired on by the Cupertino company, it’s no surprise that Apple’s new notifications system for iOS looks remarkably like the jailbreak tweak.
Notification no longer interrupt you like the blue boxes of the past. They now displayed across the top of the screen, and are accessible by swiping down from the status bar.
Notifications are now viewable from the lock screen as well. Swiping across a notification will launch you into the corresponding app, much like Notifications Pro does with the GriP Bar.
It seems like Apple really hit the nail on the head with the new Notification Center. Stay tuned to see what else iOS 5 brings in the way of new and revamped features.
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