People Are Pissed About iOS 11's New Notification System
It wouldn't be an Apple announcement without some good ol' anger and backlash.
To be fair, Apple received some really positive feedback from parts of the iOS 11 presentation at WWDC. Fans had been waiting for years to customize the Control Center, as well as for native screen recording. But if there was one thing that got fanboys and Apple haters raging about in unison, it's that weird, incomprehensible notification system.
Seriously, what is up with the Notification Center? It doesn't make any sense. To access your notifications, you swipe down from the top just like always — but when you do, you'll find yourself on your lock screen, which they're calling a cover sheet. And this isn't a bug. This system is a part of every beta and could be seen during the live address yesterday. This nuisance was intentional.
If you have current notifications, they will show up here. If you tap on them, they will take you to the app. Pretty standard. But not all of your notifications show up here. You'll see text that reads "Earlier today" in the middle of the display, with an arrow pointing up. If you follow the arrow and swipe up, you'll find all of your previous notifications.
Why our notifications are separated amongst different screens, but tied to the lock screen, is a mystery to me. But the biggest problem here, in my opinion, is you cannot delete notifications one by one. That's right. You have to open every single notification by itself. The best you can do is use 3D Touch to get a preview, then hit the "X" to remove it. But there's no way to dismiss the notification without doing that! What a waste of time.
Naturally, the internet responded to this update with scorn and resentment. With context, it makes sense. Apple fans have been complaining for a while now that iOS's notification system isn't good. They call it out for being disorganized and frustrating to follow, when ideally it should be entirely straightforward. iOS 11's approach only obfuscates the entire notification architecture even further.
Just check out what Reddit and the Twittersphere had to say following the presentation:
I hate that it turns into the lock screen when you pull the notification tab down
Still no grouping of notifications by app. This is seriously disappointing.
I don't like that Notification Center is now a lock screen. I'll get confused so many times in the Notification Center thinking if my phone is actually locked or not ??. Also, the swipe down for notification and swipe [up] again for older notifications. That's not cool.
Notifications are currently what frustrates me the most about iOS. Grouping by app would at least partially alleviate the issue, but that was removed without comment.
Android notifications right now are so well done, between quick reply and grouping by app with nice animations to show hidden notifications. I just don't understand how Apple is content with what they have right now.
The notifications on iOS 11 are actually the most disappointing thing ever. Not dismissing, no opening the app from the notification.
I cannot stand the new Notifications in iOS 11. No easy way to clear these without repeating this process for every one. Very annoying.
Of course, iOS 11 is only in beta for developers right now, so much could change before its release this fall — especially once the public beta is released, and Apple gets a flood of pissed off, unfiltered feedback.
But it's also possible that we could all be overacting a bit based on the sheer shock of being greeted by our lock screens when we were expecting the Notification Center. And actually, there are some positives to this UI change, and we've outlined them all at the following guide. So if you're still pissed at iOS 11's notifications, maybe take a second to click this link: