By Andrew O'Hara on Jun 16, 2016
Widgets are a big deal in iOS 10. In addition to having new capabilities such as increased support for 3D Touch and the ability to play—and even stream—video inline, they now have a dedicated side panel on the Lock screen. Now, some people have voiced concerns about widgets having been removed entirely from the Notification Center on iOS 10.
Luckily, that’s not entirely true. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2016
One of the longest-standing complaints about iOS has got to be its inexplicable lack of a Clear All button in the Notification Center that would permit users to clear out all of their missed alerts in one go rather than dismissing them one by one, like an animal.
Not anymore: iOS 10 makes expanded use of 3D Touch throughout the system, including making all missed notifications disappear with a single press. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2016
CiderTV, a software-based alternative for your Apple TV Remote, includes a built-in keyboard and has the ability to control linked Smart TV volume. As of recently, the app comes with a handy widget that makes it possible to control most of the functions of your Apple TV right from the Notification Center. It will save you a lot of time, here’s how to get started with CiderTV and set up the widget. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 19, 2016
Knowing that Apple has been restrictive in the past on what is and what isn’t allowed to pass in the App Store for a Notification Center widget, it can be fun when little gems find their way into the top charts section and you stumble upon them.
While looking through them, I discovered a free endless runner game called Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur, but unlike other endless runners you’ve played before, this game is played inside of a Notification Center widget rather than from the app itself. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 27, 2016
Those rocking a jailbreak that have been looking for the perfect all-in-one 3D Touch notification-clearing tweak for their iOS device(s) need not look any further than a new jailbreak tweak release called EasyClear, which is now available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.49.
This tweak makes use of the 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to let you dismiss notifications universally throughout iOS. Whether it be a badge on an app icon from the Home screen, or one or more notifications from Notification Center. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 25, 2016
When it comes to my own personal iPhone, many of the apps I use on a daily basis have Notification Center widgets that provide information to and even have shortcuts to different actions right from inside of Notification Center.
Apple originally introduced the ability for third-party app developers to create Notification Center widgets with iOS 8, so long as they follow strict guidelines, but that doesn’t keep them from being useful.
In this roundup, I’ll share my five favorite Notification Center widgets that I use on a daily basis and why I like them. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016
I don’t know about you, but I’m annoyed every time an app crashes on my Mac and OS X’s Crash Reporter interrupts my work with a pop up warning in the middle of the screen. Wouldn’t it be great if those crash reports were displayed as banner notifications?
As explained by LifeHacker, a simple Terminal command will override the default system behavior and send those app crash reports straight to OS X’s Notification Center, so they don’t interrupt your workflow.
In this tutorial you will learn about a Terminal command which will route crash reports through your Mac’s Notification Center rather than display them windowed in the middle of your screen. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2016
Your iPhone is equipped with a feature called Frequent Locations, which slowly tracks your location in the background to keep you updated via Notification Center and the Lock screen on how long it would take you to get to your favorite places based on how often you visit them.
If you choose to enable Location Services during the initial iPhone setup, this feature will be enabled by default, so if you feel like it is a slight hindrance on your ability to remain private, you just might be right. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can disable the feature and keep your iPhone from knowing where you are going next. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jan 14, 2016
Agenda: Widget+ is an application whose sole purpose is to display a list of your future calendar events in Notification Center. The app itself, which actually acts as the preferences panel for the widget, offers multiple options to fine-tune the data displayed in Notification Center. Read More
By Lory Gil on Jan 12, 2016
One of my favorite social networking sites right now is Instagram. I love looking at pictures more than reading about how someone feels about the weather today. Pictures really can be worth a thousand words and can make you feel more connected to friends than a sentence.
Feeday is a third-party widget that puts the last couple of posts from your Instagram feed right in Notification Center so you can get a quick view of your feed without having to open the app. Check out our app review of Feeday below. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016
iOS’ notification system it set up so when you miss notifications, they’ll stack up on the Lock screen and in Notification Center until you have a moment to look back at all of them.
The notifications are separated with padding and are plain Jane, but for those that want to switch things up a bit and make notifications look a bit more modern or appealing, a new jailbreak tweak called RedesignedNotifications will let you personalize the look of your Lock screen and Notification Center notifications to your own personal preference. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 29, 2015
NCCards is a recently released jailbreak tweak that ushers in a new interface for the notifications shown in Notification Center. The $2.99 tweak, now available on the BigBoss repo, brings new visual cues to notifications, but retains much of the functionality that iOS users are familiar with.
Testing out NCCards reveals a promising feature-set with a few notable miscues. Watch our video walkthrough to see the tweak in action. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015
I was wondering about this for a long time, too. Some notifications that hit my Apple Watch are presented using a round app icon while the others embed a square one. But why is that?
Thanks to Mac Kung Fu, we now know that this simple yet subtle difference serves a very good purpose because you can decide whether the notification can be replied to or not by its attached app icon. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015
iOS has always grouped alerts in the Notification Center in the order they were received. If you’re overwhelmed with numerous notifications from apps and services on a daily basis, this can quickly clutter your view and push important notifications out of the view.
Starting with iOS 9, it is now possible to change grouping of push alerts to have them compartmentalized according to their respective originating app and listed in the order you define.
In this tutorial, we’ll detail how you can select, manage and adjust app grouping within the Notification Center on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2015
At long last, iOS is allowing app makers to implement text replies in notifications, a feature Apple used to reserve exclusively for its Messages app.
Twitter was the first App Store app to gain this great time-saver of a feature. On iOS 9.1, WhatsApp for iPhone now supports a handy text field for quickly replying to incoming messages without leaving the app you’re currently using.
This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 9.1 or later. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015
iOS 9 packs in a whole bunch of nice-to-haves and small refinements that haven’t even made it into the official release notes.
Among other things, the operating system introduces a more streamlined Notification Center view in landscape mode which Apple designed to take advantage of the larger screen real estate on iPads.
The enhanced look is based on a two-column layout to allow the simultaneous display of your Today view in one column and your Notification Center widgets and app notifications in the other, so you don’t have to switch manually between them. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015
iOS 9 promises to extend your iPhone’s battery life even further with features like Low Power Mode, which reduces or disables non-essential features when the battery falls below twenty percent to help your iPhone’s battery charge last longer. But wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor battery status of other devices connected to your iPhone, like your Apple Watch and Bluetooth accessories?
Now you can, thanks to Apple’s new Notification Center widget. Here’s how to turn it on and enjoy battery readouts of your Apple Watch and wireless accessories such as Bluetooth headsets right from the Lock screen. Read More
By Lory Gil on Jul 22, 2015
When it comes to the daily task of rummaging through email messages, I spend the first 30-minutes of my workday just trying to get my inbox under control. I can quickly delete or archive more than half of them, which helps me feel like I’ve made some progress
eMail Widget is a Notification Center app that allows users, not only to see new messages in their inbox, but perform a few basic actions in order to keep things under control without having to open a dedicated app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2015
There’s no shortage of apps on the App Store for browsing Instagram using your iPhone and iPad, and most let you enjoy snaps from people you follow far more elegantly that on Instagram’s official iPhone app. But wouldn’t it be great if you could check out the latest Instagram photos anywhere in iOS, with a simple pull-down gesture?
That’s what Feeday, a new Today Widget for the iPhone and iPad by developer Arcangelo Fiore, does.
With this app you can easily keep track of your latest Instagram feed right within the Today view of iOS’s Notification Center, and it’s free! Read More