A very well put together post showed up on The Verge‘s forums a couple of days back showing some redesigned iOS concepts. Instead of the usual legacy popups and skeuomorphic designs inside iOS, the developer has thought a little more like Jony Ive, and a lot less Forstally. But enough of that, and on to something that’s needed improvement since day one: Notifications.
Despite the reinvention of iOS notifications with the 5th version of our favorite platform, we still had the option to choose the hideous, unintuitive blue popup that existed in iPhone OS 1. It looked like this:
Unlike the new banners, lock screen notifiers and Notification Center drop down menu, there’s no app icon to tell you which app is trying to get your attention. And, it’s still ugly and blue. Doesn’t exactly fit in with iOS’ classy overall finish anymore. So, “Sentry” came up with something much more “Sir Jony”:
It matches the current Banner system perfectly, is much cleaner and shows the app icon to let you know what you’re reading. I love it. You can even compose a message reply within the notification window, by tapping the compose icon:
That way, we wouldn’t have to exit whatever we’re working on to reply to a tweet, message or any other form of communication. Again: awesome.
Now, the other annoying issue with blue popups is that when a specific program is trying to access your photos, contacts or use your location, they still show up. So, what if they appeared like this:
Overall, it adds a much more integrated and intuitive feel and doesn’t disturb the user anywhere near as much as the current blue popup does. Possibly the best piece of news however, is an update a the post that featured on The Verge‘s news article regarding the forum post:
“And lastly (the *real* update :p), I want to let everyone know that (like the switcher concept) a developer and I are currently working on turning this into reality via a jailbreak tweak. :) Stay tuned!”
Until now, I had no intention of jailbreaking my iPhone again. I think I’ve been convinced to rejoin “the dark side”.