iOS Niceities Part 1 - Notify

22 Jan 2016

This will be part 1 in an N-part series of posts about some niceities I’ve noticed within the iOS platform. Before I’m inevitably labeled an iOS/Apple product fanboy, allow me to offer this: Each platform has its benefits and drawbacks. In many ways iOS is inferior to its Android rival. Android is ubiquitous, it represents much more than iOS with respect to serving as a complete OS. A basic example of this is established in a report by StatCounter.com that indicated by January 2016 virtually all countries in the world have gone Android-majority with only a few minor exceptions. This doesn’t include the many tablet-based and embedded platforms that have adopted Android. In many ways it’s clear that Android is the superior OS.

I’ve also heard it argued that the iOS platform doesn’t offer anywhere near the customization abilities of Android. Often cited examples of this include customization of the launcher app, lock screen, notifications, LED notification lights and so forth. Although there’s probably some truth to this claim, it’s also my belief that too many customization options can be a hindrance and a disservice to a mobile OS. The average mobile phone user isn’t an expert on human-machine interactions, they don’t know the best ways in which to customize their notification LED or how many minutes apart they want their LED to pulse. I’m sure you can imagine how quickly this muck of customization options can contribute to a nasty mess of a mobile phone.

Simply put, sometimes Android’s myriad of customization options are overwhelming and they degrade from the overall mobile exeprience. One key example of this lies within Android’s lack of centralization when it comes to controling notification settings. In contrast, iOS offers a core notification settings feature as a part of the OS itself. This serves to restore control over the intrusiveness of notifications to the user in a pleasant and user-friendly way. The iOS notification centre settings are built into the core of the system’s internals. It manage and enforces notification policies for all installed apps.

iOS users are given control over:

  1. whether to disable or enable notifications for the app altogether
  2. if the notification appears in the notification centre
  3. whether there will be a badge icon for that app on the user’s homescreen
  4. whether or not notifications will appear on the lock screen

This centralized method of control over notifications offers user’s a central authority to control how intrusive they desire their mobile phones to be. It ensures that a user can go to one place to conclusively determine where, when and how they are to be notified and this, my dear readers, is one step closer to the revered technological zen we all seek

Published on 22 Jan 2016

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