Inside iOS 10: Apple makes big changes to actionable notifications

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How users view, clear and interact with notifications works differently in iOS 10 than its earlier counterparts. These interactions also change depending on the device used. Here's how to take full advantage of the new capabilities.







Viewing notifications from the Lock screen



Apple is calling the redesigned notification banners that appear on the lock screen rich notifications. This means users don't have to open an app to interact with a notification.



The new changes to notifications depend largely on whether the device is equipped with 3D Touch.



Swiping left on a message now offers View and Clear on non-3D Touch devices or just Clear on 3D Touch devices. Users can now also view photos and videos or respond to a message directly from notifications without having to open the app itself.



On 3D Touch devices, this means pressing on the notification to reveal the notification actions menu. For example, a Calendar notification hard pressed will now show you your day-long view when you get a meeting reminder. Overall, users can now use 3D Touch to gain a compact view of the app a notification is sent from, such as message content from an email in Mail or the last few messages from a contact.



It works similarly if a device is unlocked and a notification banner shows up on the top of the screen. Now, with 3D Touch, users can hard press that notification to open the message and interact with the notification without opening the app.



For non-3D touch devices, hitting View will open the alert and allows interaction with the notification.







Third-Party



iOS 10 opened a new door for third-party developers to extend their apps' functionality to the lock screen with notifications. Generally, users can perform sophisticated actions or receive information without ever having to open the app itself now directly from the phone screen. Uber and Lyft users, for example, can now see the map of a driver's route and communicate with their driver without having to open the app itself.

Notification order



With iOS 10 notifications are automatically organized by reverse chronological order with the most recent at the top. In iOS 9 you could customize the order they were organized.



Want to get rid of all notifications? Users with 3D Touch capable iPhones can clear all notifications by hard pressing on the "X" button.

Media Messages



How users interact with media attachments has changed with iOS 10. Users can now interact with a notification that contains an image or video attachment. A thumbnail version of the attachment will appear, but now with 3D Touch the notification now expands and displays a full-size version of the attachment with animation, action buttons and playback controls.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    No mention of iPad support
  • Reply 2 of 11
    fmalloyfmalloy Posts: 105member
    So much dependency on 3D Touch. The iPhone 6 is not that old at all, yet is left out of all this, as well as Raise to Wake. So I guess when the big iPhone 8 comes out the 7 will be a dinosaur.
    mike1
  • Reply 3 of 11
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,559member
    "Users can now also view photos and videos or respond to a message directly from notifications without having to open the app itself."

    You could reply to messages in iOS9 too and it was much nicer. The fact that the message response now takes up almost the entire screen is a step backward. Same when you receive a message while using another app. It used to drop down from the top of the screen and you could dismiss or reply. If you replied, you got a small text entry box and a keyboard. Now it basically opens up messages on top of everything. Much less elegant in my opinion.
    edited October 2016 GeorgeBMac
  • Reply 4 of 11
    I had to turn off banner notifications for Messages and Hangouts and other messaging apps. Not sure if it's a bug or just how it works now - let's say the screen is asleep and I hear the alerts of someone messaging me. Maybe it buzzes 3 times for the 3 messages, ok cool. Then when I unlock the phone, all the banners come rushing in one after the other. I feel like they used to only show the banner if the message comes in while you're looking at the phone. But now they come in even after you unlock it. That's super annoying. 
  • Reply 5 of 11
    knowitallknowitall Posts: 1,648member
    UI design rule one: al doable actions need visual clues.
    soundsgoodtome
  • Reply 6 of 11
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,203member
    mabedan said:
    No mention of iPad support
    Maybe because iPad doesn't have 3D Touch.
    lolliver
  • Reply 7 of 11
    knowitall said:
    UI design rule one: al doable actions need visual clues.
    This. 
  • Reply 8 of 11
    hagarhagar Posts: 117member
    I find the new approach confusing. For a lot of notifications, when hard pressing, the message is shown without any buttons underneath. So then you have the tap again to open the app. I assume this is because developers didn't update their apps yet, but still, not very elegant. 
  • Reply 9 of 11
    What is utterly wretched is that newly displaying alerts prevent the Home button presses from registering.
    The lights are on but no-one is home.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    fmalloy said:
    So much dependency on 3D Touch. The iPhone 6 is not that old at all, yet is left out of all this, as well as Raise to Wake.
    Agreed, yet so many come out of the woodwork at upgrade time to complain that "Apple is no longer innovative," or "not that much has changed."
  • Reply 11 of 11
    I thought 3D Touch (3DT) was a gimmick until I started using it. Now, when I use my iPad, I find myself pressing the screen without realizing it's not 3DT enabled.
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