Apple Introduces The Notification Center in iOS 5

By , Jun 6, 2011

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.

You get all kinds of notifications on your iOS device: new email, texts, friend requests, and more. With Notification Center, you can keep track of them all in one convenient location. Just swipe down from the top of any screen to enter Notification Center. Choose which notifications you want to see. Even see a stock ticker and the current weather. New notifications appear briefly at the top of your screen, without interrupting what you’re doing. And the Lock screen displays notifications so you can act on them with just a swipe. Notification Center is the best way to stay on top of your life’s breaking news.

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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  • Paul

    Peter Hajas did his job!

  • http://exudeprofit.com/blog Tarek

    Nice work Apple and Peter. This is a great improvement. I was just about ready to download this jailbreak when I started reading all your updates about Peter joining Apple and the possibility of this being added to iOS5. Based on the new features I am seeing you post, I want to get this upgrade ASAP. But I also want the jailbreak. Cannot live without BiteSMS. :)

  • ksm359

    Yeah!

  • Klein

    I c conflict with sbsettings :(

    • Jonn

      Depending on how you access SBSettings. I use swipe down for MobileNotifier and double tap for SBSettings. Works just fine!

  • sOleFresh

    very excited!

  • Chris

    Apple again copies off android !!!

    • iDroid

      You mean Apple copies off of jailbreak.

  • Alex

    WTF this is just a blend of Lockinfo and Mobile Notifier….Except that David Ashman has his product copied and gets nothing out of it???

  • Georg W. Bush

    ANDROID SUCK BALLS SO STFU WITH THAT STUPID OS.

    • moi

      lmao kids today

      • c0edx

        I’m old enough to be your dad.

  • Georg W. Bush

    Why do people come here and talk shit about Apple. If you’re an Android fan then go to a Android Blog. We can care less what Apple copied from Android. In a year Android will me off the market just like RIM.

    • Hakan

      YESS! TELL THEM lol

    • SPH

      Uhh, Android has a larger share of the market and has for some time now. RIM is only slightly lagging behind Apple in terms of sales. If you don’t believe me here are the latest numbers from Nielsen, http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/android-leads-u-s-in-smartphone-market-share-and-data-usage/ . I doubt they are going anywhere for a while. The new iOS 5 is helping Apple catch up to rivals, mainly Android. Most educated consumers are going to have to make their decisions based on the phones hardware, not so much the OS as they are fairly even now. With Android having so many handset makers(which is why they have a larger market share, more choices/price range) they are constantly coming out with devices that are taking advantage of new technologies, i.e. 4G and NFC. With Apple’s current release schedule of a new phone a year it is becoming increasingly hard for them to keep up. Plus Apple is pretty risk adverse, they’d rather sit back and watch how Google and other makers implement new advancements and see where they succeed and fail. I’m not saying the iPhone is a bad product, because it’s not. Apple really revolutionized the mobile market with the first gen iPhone. Unfortunately, their competitions is starting to surpass them. It should be interesting to see what Apple will do when they finally release the iPhone 5.

      If you’re wondering why an Android user is looking at an iPhone blog it’s because I’m a tech writer and need to stay abreast of what is going on.

    • Notification bar! Android

      Actually is falling off the market. It is only 1 out of 10 phones now and android is 7 out of 10. Apple use to be 7 out of 10 till android came in. Look up your stats before you blog.

    • Notification bar! Android

      Yes it does matter it is call intellectual property. When apple gets ripped off they sue everyone.

  • http://www.epicxboxreviews.com Alex

    If iOS5 had added BiteSMS it would be the best OS ever, and there wouldn’t really be much need for a JB.

    • Paul

      yup. im sure they bitesms or a jailbreak tweak will make it where you can reply using quick reply then apples default

  • http://ipad-os.net Maldoro

    Huge Updates, Will this update to come with iPhone 5!

  • Jack

    Can you turn off the Stock ticker in the notifications center? I don’t care about stocks and don’t fancy having that thing cluttering up the space, is it possible to just have the weather on there?

    • Notification bar! Android

      Android the originator and inventor of the new notification center that apple ripped off can turn off features of and on.

  • http://www.twitter.com/pitchy Pitchy

    It still amazes that Apple cannot figure out how to have the weather icon display the current temp and weather status. I don’t know about you guys, but where I live, it’s NOT ALWAYS 73­° and Sunny. If the Calendar app can dynamically change to display the day/date, then surely they can have the weather app fetch the current data and display and update it like once an hour.

    Static icons seem so ancient and boring. The notification center is a nice start, but I am growing envious of some of the great things I see that Android can do. At least Apple took some notice and ‘innovated’ their own notification center ;]

    I can’t wait to get iOS5 on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

  • Notification bar! Android

    Not to break all the excitement of all the apple user but I had the “notification center” also called the notification bar on my first android g1 more than 3 years ago. Apple introduces and is exciting? The title should say apple rips off android and all the hard work of the free developing community!