WWDC 2013: iOS 7 improves Notification Center, debuts new Control Center

Among the various new features and design changes to make a debut at WWDC 2013 in iOS 7, Notification Center and Control Center are quite prominent. While Control Center is completely new — well, it’s new on iOS — Notification Center does get some useful improvements in iOS 7.

First off, gone is the linen background texture in Notification Center. In fact, you won’t see that anywhere in iOS 7. In its place is a translucent dark background. All of your notifications appear there as usual, but there are two new tabs at the top to help you sort through them. On the right is Missed, which lets you browse through only the notifications you didn’t quite get to like missed calls, text messages, etc. To the left is the Today tab, which is an interesting way to look through today’s schedule like what’s on your calendar as well as the weather.

iOS 7 adds a new “center” called Control Center, and in a nutshell, it’s what everybody has wanted that Android already has. Swiping up brings you quick access to a number of controls and toggles. Toggle on/off Airplane Mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb mode, and the orientation lock. Underneath that, you can quickly adjust brightness and volume as well as control music playback. That’s followed by AirPlay and AirDrop. And lastly, there’s quick access to useful apps like an LED flashlight and the camera.

iOS 7 will be released for the public in the fall with these new features included.

[via Apple]

  • whut

    If the control center is so nice, why doesn’t the notification center look that way also? Or at least use the same transparency stuff.

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