MountainLionCenter brings OS X’s Notification Center back to iOS

By , Jun 4, 2012

Apple’s initiative to bring several highly notable iOS features “back to the Mac” is one of the hallmarks of its upcoming release of OS X Mountain Lion. One of the most touted iOS features to make its way to Mountain Lion is Notification Center. Notification Center on the Mac works similar to the way it does on iOS, with a few noted differences.

One of the main differences is the location of Notification Center — on the Mac it is docked and hidden on the right-hand side of the screen. Wouldn’t such change be welcomed to Notification Center on the iPad? I say this, because in its current form, it’s placed square in the middle of the screen no matter the orientation. In fact, it’s sort of like an afterthought.

MountainLionCenter is the upcoming jailbreak tweak that plans to change this, placing it more in line with the way Notification Center works on OS X Mountain Lion. For more details, watch our full video walkthrough inside.

As you can see, MountainLionCenter is an awesome addition to the iPad. It makes Notification Center seem less intrusive, syncing well with either portrait or landscape orientation.

Very similar to the way that invoking Notification Center operates on the Mac — swiping with two fingers from the far right side of the trackpad — a two finger swipe from the right-side bezel invokes MountainLionCenter on the iPad.

This isn’t a tweak that was quickly thrown together; you can tell by noticing small details like the icon fading animation when MountainLionCenter comes in and out of view.

Painstaking attention to detail has been paid during the development of MountainLionCenter, and more proof of that is evident when comparing the status bar shown in the stock Notification Center with the one displayed in MountainLionCenter. With stock Notification Center, only the time is displayed in the status bar. This makes sense because the other status bar elements like the WiFi signal and battery percentage are still fully within view. With MountainLionCenter, the entire screen is shifted to the left, hiding some of the elements that would have normally been on display. For that reason, the developer of MountainLionCenter thought it would be best to display all status bar elements within MountainLionCenter.

MountainLionCenter is scheduled to hit Cydia in the very near future, as it is being submitted to the BigBoss repo later today. Even better news is that it will be totally free of charge.

This is a tweak that I absolutely plan on using on a day-to-day basis, and one that I could see Apple adopting as a feature in an upcoming build of iOS.

Do you plan on using MountainLionCenter when it’s released? Leave your feedback in the comments below.

Update: Oh, and yes, it works on iPhone as well. Granted, it’s not nearly as compelling on the iPhone as it is on the iPad. But I have confirmed that it does work. See screenshot below for proof.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1676593427 Morgaan Babcock

    Will it cooperate with iPhone?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

      Look at the update: screenshot ;-)

    • Kempi

      No

  • Jason Jefferson

    This is a great tweak for the iPad can’t wait

  • Anonymous

    Hope to see it in the repo soon :D

  • http://twitter.com/T1rell T1rell

    wonder if this will be compatible with quasar

  • http://twitter.com/Bigodon Marcos Frazão

    when????

  • Furious Smith

    Apple…YOU HAD BETTER PUT THIS IN IOS 6!!!

    • Kok Hean

      I recently saw this concept somewhere on Twitter, and since Apple loves using the concepts, it may happen.

    • http://twitter.com/Mlindberg7 Mathias Lindberg

      I actually think they’re going too, unless they wanna keep it on iPad to make it look and feel like a desktop. You know, the NotficationCenter not using the entire screen because it doesn’t have to, like a desktop would.

  • Anonymous

    Hey! how i can put mor pages to Notification Center? what are this dots like the homescreen on the bottom?

    • http://twitter.com/PakoBahena Pako

      It’s a tweak called IntelliscreenX. Kind of expensive but very useful. I recommend it (:

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N4RCITLEVJZFEAVZXMMGZR5Q3U erick

    so it will work with zephyr or i have to uninstall it for mountainlioncenter to work?

    • http://twitter.com/chin2793 Darshan Patel

      Assign different number of fingers to both the tweaks…

  • http://twitter.com/Karenjs Karen

    Eager to hear if it will work w LockInfo (and..might need to be compatible with Zephyr, although I have the side-to-side action of Zephyr turned off). Looks great. Please let us know when it drops. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/khan.rulzz.7 Khan Rulzz

    wow ….. looks awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    Yes this makes so much more sense than the current way notification center looks on the iPad. Cant wait for this :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    YES, FINALLY a new way of bringing notification center out! This, Idownload for sure :)

  • http://twitter.com/RECON1_ [RΞCØИ1]

    Hmm. Looks like something I’ll have to try out.

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    Zephyr and Quasar compatibility? This will just mean I can use the slide down activation option for Dashboard X. :)

  • http://b4it.tumblr.com/ b4it

    What tweak are thoose icons to turn on/off WiFi, EDGE, AirplaneMode etc.?

    • http://twitter.com/Lockett85 Darren Lockett

      If you are referring to the lower icons it is NCSettings I believe. Free on Cydia, If you are referring to the top icons which are blue and grey, this is part of Intelliscreen X, paid app, but well worth it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ba-Tongxue/100003554938315 Ba Tongxue

    awesome tweak
    hope it will be released soon

  • http://twitter.com/Lockett85 Darren Lockett

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this appears in iOS 6, this is how it should of been on the iPad since iOS 5. Great tweak and fully looking forward to this.

  • Anonymous

    Damn, this looks amazing. I can’t wait for this to drop on Cydia!

  • Wael Abdo

    ouf! super cool.

  • Anonymous

    what is the name of the rss on center app? or tweak? ı seacrh daring fireball and cant find a app just source of rss

  • John Wickham

    It’s here!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve just grabbed it off Cydia and it’s awesome! It works perfectly and it’s very smooth indeed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000639354040 Smiley Karchmit

    i don’t see the difference on the iPhone, it still work nearly the same

  • http://www.facebook.com/AKChris82 Chris Williams

    Can’t seem to get it to work for me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nigel.collins.549 Nigel Collins

      Go to activator / anywhere / slide in gesture / from screen right / activate notification centre

  • http://twitter.com/ryol1984 양명렬

    is it possible to install it with iphone4 ??

    i found that tweak but it was only for ipad …….

  • Dobster Dobbie

    How did u get the clock in the notification Center

  • http://twitter.com/arielboiardi Betelgeuse

    Fantastic!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/taga.jan Taga Jan

    EWASOME when will it come out ???

  • http://www.facebook.com/taga.jan Taga Jan

    never mind i found it haha it awesome