With the release of iOS 12, Apple is finally bucking the mess of notifications and warnings we receive every day.
Some of the changes are an extension of Apple's efforts to help you limit the amount of time you spend looking at your screen. Other changes, such as grouping notifications, are much needed enhancements to the platform.
Better DND Controls
Use Do Not Disturb to keep your phone quiet during a meeting or during sleep, is not it enough, right? You can either manually activate or schedule it if the phone no longer asks for your attention with each new alert.
One of the disadvantages is that the schedule function was designed for use at night. It was not possible to enable DND for a meeting or a meal and automatically disable it after a certain amount of time.
In iOS 12, however, there are a few different options that make DND much more useful. To view the new options, open the Control Center and press the Do Not Disturb icon.
Displays a list of options that allow you to set the DND to expire in one hour, this evening, or when leaving the current location. You can also access the DND schedule setting from here.
In Settings > Do Not Disturb there is a new option called Bedtime just below where you set the scheduled rest. If this option is enabled, notifications will not be displayed on the lock screen. Instead, you will see a screen that tells you that your device is in DND mode.
The idea here is that if you look at your phone when DND is enabled, you still can see the time, but you are not required to reply to a message or email that appears on your lock screen is – because you can not even see the warnings.
Notifications from the same app are now grouped instead of one after the other in a long list. Notifications that are grouped appear as a stack of alerts. Expand a group by tapping the top notification, or press the top notification to open it.
When you tap a group, the Show Less button appears at the top of the list to bring the group back into a stack of alerts.
You can swipe right or left in a lock screen notification to take further action. However, if you swipe left, there is a new option to manage notifications from the app.
If you choose Manage, a pop-up will ask if you'd like to set the app to quietly deliver notifications, turn off notifications altogether, or open settings to further customize the app's notifications.
If you often ignore a warning from a particular app, iOS 12 will ask you if you'd like to continue receiving alerts or manage the app's notification settings to limit the number of notifications you receive.