iOS 5 has greatly improved the iPhone's notification system. Apple has finally learned that at big blue window popping up in the middle of the screen while you are watching a movie or playing a game just isn't pleasant. In fact, it's annoying. So Apple has improved on it by simply having the notification pop up on the very top of the screen without inturrupting your current activities. If you ignore the notification, it quetly moves away from the screen.
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Then, you can check your notification center to see what you received. It doesn't look half bad. Here are a few screens:
Setting up notifications
Under your settings, you can sort your notifications and select which notifications hit the notification center. Finally, those NYTimes notifications won't inturrupt me in the middle of Netflix streaming.
Here, you can see the alert style and set it up the way you want it. We like the banners. They are much less annoying that the full on alerts. At the same time, we want to be reminded, don't we? So we're not going with None. We also want "View in lock screen" and we want things to show up in our Notification center. Our Calendar is set to show the five most recent notifications.
Here it is on the lockscreen. There's the notification along with it. Clean and simple. This is reminding us that we have something to do in five minutes.
And this is the Notification Center in iOS 5. You can view stock information and weather with widgets. What's more, jailbreak developers are alaready learning interesting new ways to play with jailbreaks to create Widgets that do interesting new things. Also on the screen, you can see our notification from earlier.
The iPhone notification system was very dated. Now, notifications don't intrude like the used to, and the iPhone has a one-stop place for all your notifications, whether they are SMS messages, calls, calendar alerts, whatever they are. It's all there in one spot. Nice stuff.