iOS 5 to Bring Revamped Notifications and Widgets?
A revamped notification system and the addition of widgets are expected to be two major new features of iOS 5, according to a recent report on TechCrunch.
If you don’t feel like reading the 551 word long TechCrunch article, here is the only part that actually mentions these two new expected iOS 5 features:
The other big news for iOS5 — and yes, I’ve completely buried the lede here, thanks for reading! — two things: completely revamped notifications and widgets.
This isn’t particularly ground breaking news, since Apple filed for a patent for a redesigned notification system all the way back in 2008, but confirmation from a site like TechCrunch does suggest that Apple is finally going to update the long criticized iOS notification system. Widgets would also be a useful addition to iOS, particularly on the lock screen where there is definitely a feeling of underutilized screen space.
Currently, the only solution to add widgets and modify notifications involve jailbreak apps like Intelliscreen, shown in the screenshot above. Whether or not the new iOS 5 notification and widget system will resemble this or something completely different remains to be seen, but the aforementioned patent from 2008 does share similarities in concept. Here is the redesigned notification system as seen in that patent:
The same report from TC also reiterates that there will not be a release of the “iPhone 4S” in June, despite some recent theories that have been concocted based on press invites to WWDC 2011. Instead, TechCrunch suggests the reason for the press invites are to show off the various impressive new features of iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion.
There is also a brief mention of the Nuance voices in both Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5, although it is unclear to everyone how exactly they will be used in iOS.