When compared with other smartphone operating systems, there’s no question that iOS leaves a lot to be desired in the notification department. Fortunately, those with jailbroken handsets no longer have to settle with what Apple provides out of the box.
Quart is a newly released jailbreak tweak by iOS developer LaughingQuoll and designer timeloop that replaces the lackluster native notification system on your pwned iPhone with one that will get you riled up every time you receive a text message or any other sort of notification.
In the screenshot examples above and below, you can see for yourself just how much more aesthetically pleasing Quart is when compared with the native notification system. The tweak primarily works its magic on the Lock screen, offering a slick new appearance for incoming notifications as well as the Lock screen’s date and time display. Just to the right of that, Quart summarizes the number of missed notifications you have.
As you’ve probably noticed, Quart supports the ability to clear all missed notifications in one fell swoop by pulling down on them. The tweak also works its magic on the Lock screen’s Now Playing media player, helping it to confirm with the new look and feel of your notification banners.
In addition to making the Lock screen look nicer, Quart also redesigns notification banners everywhere else. For example, if you receive a text message while perusing the Home screen or while using an app, the tweak displays a non-intrusive notification bubble at the top of your display that you can interact with if you so choose to reply:
It should be mentioned that Quart is fully customizable. Upon installing the tweak, users will find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app for configuring their settings how they like:
Here, you can:
- Toggle Quart on or off on demand
- Enable micro banners
- Display all notification content in banners
- Enable or disable notification content imagery
- Enable or disable Quart banner theme
- Enable or disable expanded Quart banner theme
- Toggle text filter-based visual effects on or off
- Configure corner radii of icons and banners
- Configure extra banner separation
- Enable Quart-themed Now Playing media player
- Hide or show media progress
- Enable or disable circle progress view
- Make the Now Playing media player larger
- Hide the audio route indicator
- Configure the corner radii of the artwork and media player
- Blur the Lock screen
- Enable or disable pull to clear all notifications
- Left or right-align the clear-all widget
- Enable or disable the Quart notification counter
- Left, center, or right-align the notification counter text
A Respring button is provided at the bottom of the preference pane to save any changes you make on demand.
Those who follow the developers on Twitter would know that Quart has been under development for quite some time, but it was only made available to the general public starting this weekend. Quart is a slick replacement for the notification system that most of us are used to, and those interested in trying it can purchase it for $1.99 from the Packix repository via your preferred package manager (or just $0.99 for Patreon subscribers). The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 12 and 13 devices.
What are your thoughts about the redesigned Quart notification interface? Let us know in the comments section below.