I’ll let you in on a little secret: what I’m about to explain is where your phone is headed. Years from now, what I’m doing now will become the main screen on every device. Siri, Google Now, and tons of App Launchers on Android are already doing this, but in the near future, this will be our default way to use our devices.
As of right now, Notification Center is extremely underused on everyone’s iPhone. Most people don’t realize how powerful it actually is. By just taking a few minutes to set it up to your likings, it could drastically change the way you use your phone.
Here’s how my setup looks:
It’s carefully curated so that every app has a purpose. When being this thoughtful about what goes on your phone and what notifications you receive, your device becomes a true personal assistant for everything in your life.
My Today View holds the key things needed throughout the day. All of these things are instantly there for me just by swiping down on my iPhone.
The trick to making notifications more useful is by going into settings and changing how many notifications every app will show. Change this to 1. That way, at a glance, you can see a wide range of what’s going on. It’s like zooming out of your world and glancing at everything that’s important.
How we experience content via connected devices — laptops, phones, tablets, wearables — is undergoing a dramatic change. The idea of an app as an independent destination is becoming less important, and the idea of an app as a publishing tool, with related notifications that contain content and actions, is becoming more important. This will change what we design, and change our product strategy.
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