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
By Josh Pasholk on May 30, 2015
Changing little things about iOS is one of the neat benefits that comes with jailbreaking, whether it’s the Slide to Unlock text, or getting rid of different blurs in the UI. NoNotificationsText lets you change the text that says ‘No Notifications’ in the second tab in Notification Center. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015
Recents is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to view recent phone calls and FaceTime calls directly in Notification Center. With the $1.49 package, which comes with a free trial, you can make calls directly from Notification Center, even if your device is locked.
By adding a tab next to the Today and Notifications tabs in Notification Center, Recents lets you view incoming, outgoing and missed calls with ease. It also lets you delete individual calls, all calls, and it works with a variety of other jailbreak tweaks such as Copic and LockInfo.
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2015
Vex—the tweak that allows you to apply custom themes to both Notification Center and Control Center—features several built-in options that look great. But none of the built-in themes look as good as MaterialOne.
MaterialOne for Vex is a new third-party theme that’s available free of charge on the MacCiti repo. It allows you to apply an Android 5.0-inspired look to both Control Center and Notification Center. Watch our video and see how. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015
NCMeters is a non-intrusive tweak for monitoring system vitals via Notification Center. It allows you to check CPU usage, memory and storage usage, and monitor both upload and download speeds.
NCMeters only runs when you have Notification Center open, so it’s not going to be overly taxing on system resources when going about your daily business. To ensure accuracy, data is collected using traditional command line tools.
Along with those basics, NCMeters features quite a bit of customization. Have a look at our video walkthrough and see for yourself. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 29, 2015
Vex, an upcoming jailbreak tweak that will soon be available on the BigBoss repo for $0.99, will let users add themes to both Control Center and Notification Center on iOS. The tweak, which features a host of themes for both interfaces, will even play nice with Auxo Legacy Edition once its released. Read More
By Josh Gallagher on Mar 27, 2015
Favorite Contacts Launcher allows you to have instant access to your most used numbers. Once downloaded, this app will allow you to quickly call, text, or FaceTime anyone directly from Notification Center. The concept sounds extremely useful to non-jailbreakers, but does this launcher deliver? Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 8, 2015
Have you ever wanted to change the menu bar icon for Notification Center on your Mac? As you can see from the screenshot above, I changed my icon to a moon icon. In this step-by-step video tutorial, I’ll show you what it takes for you to do the same. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 7, 2015
I have to admit that I’m not a huge user of Notification Center, and this applies to both iOS and the Mac. One of the reasons that I’m turned off by Notification Center is the disarray that I see when viewing it.
By default, Notification Center is set to sort manually, which means that you can go into the its preferences, and sort each app by hand. That’s fine and all, but it makes for a less than ideal experience when trying to find the most relevant notifications based on time of arrival.
For me, this results in a less than ideal experience when opening Notification Center. If you have a lot of apps enabled for Notifications, it can be overwhelming, because there’s no real logical order to the way they’re sorted. To remedy this issue, try this simple to implement tip, and sort your notifications by time of arrival instead… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015
Apple has managed to improve the battery life of the Apple Watch to support 5 hours of heavy application use, reports 9to5Mac. Ahead of Monday’s event, the site has heard this and other previously unknown details from sources who have hands-on experience with the wearable.
The improvement in battery life should ensure that the Watch will last a full day with mixed heavy and passive use. However, the site makes it clear that users will still need to charge the device every night, as the battery is not strong enough to last a full second day without renewal. Read More
By Lory Gil on Mar 6, 2015
If you are a news junkie, you probably have all sorts of alerts set up to let you know the moment a story breaks. Wouldn’t it be nice if your RSS feeds were available right in the Today view of Notification Center?
Breaking – News in your Today tab populates your favorite news feeds in Notification Center for iOS and OS X, so you access stories you want to read without having to open a special app for it. All of your news is right in front of you, available with one swipe or click. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 6, 2015
Earlier this week, I showed you how to mate Notification Center to a keyboard shortcut. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could designate which View you’d like to see when invoking Notification Center from a keyboard shortcut? In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to open directly to the Today View or the Notifications View using keyboard shortcuts. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015
It might seem fairly obvious, but it might be a good idea to assign a keyboard shortcut to Notification Center on the Mac. Perhaps you already have, or maybe you still haven’t. I hadn’t, at least not up until a few days ago when a reader suggested that I do so, and I honestly can’t come up with a reason as to why I waited so long. I think it’s because I just never thought about doing it.
Assigning Notification Center to a keyboard shortcut just makes sense. It especially makes sense if you use a keyboard and mouse combination on your Mac, instead of a trackpad. Granted, MacBook users might not be so easily convinced, because invoking Notification Center can be accomplished via an effortless two-finger swipe on the trackpad.
But if you’re working on an iMac, or if you’re using a traditional mouse and keyboard combination with your MacBook, as I am, then I definitely recommend that you follow this uber-simple tip. Read More