With the release ofthis year, notifications and the Do Not Disturb feature will look and work a little differently.
Some of the changes are an extension of Apple's efforts to help users limit the amount of time they spend staring at the screen. Other changes, such as grouping notifications, are much needed enhancements to the platform.
Keep in mind that iOS 12 is currently available in beta. It is likely that the features will change and look different until this fall's release. We will update this article as needed until then.
Better DND Controls
Use Do Not Disturb to keep your phone quiet during a meeting or during sleep. 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. There was no way to trigger DND for a meeting or meal and then automatically turn it off after a while.
There are a couple of different options in iOS 12 – all of which make DND incredibly 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 your current location.
In Settings > Do Not Disturb There is a new option Bedtime Mode . 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 see your phone when DND is enabled, you can still see the time, but you are not required to reply to a message or email that is on your lock screen ,
If you have enabled sleep mode in the Settings app, notifications will be hidden even though the name is active.
Grouped notifications 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 return the group to a stack of alerts.
You can still swipe left or right 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 asks if you'd like to set the app to quietly issue notifications, turn off notifications completely, or open settings to further customize the app's notifications.
If you often ignore a warning from a particular app, iOS 12 will ask if you'd like to continue receiving alerts or manage the app's notification settings to limit the number of notifications received.