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July 29, 2016

iOS 10 notifications look the same, but work a lot differently – CNET

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At first glance, notifications on iOS 10 will look like they always have. But, as the saying goes, things aren’t always as they appear. The ways you view, clear and interact with notifications work a lot differently.

Just how you interact with a notification depends on the type of device you’re using, and whether it’s equipped with 3D Touch. At the end of the day, however, the same experience is possible across all iOS devices.

Here are the two stand-out changes.

No need to unlock your iPhone

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When a notification shows up on your lock screen, you can swipe to the left across it to reveal more options. Devices equipped with 3D Touch will have a single Clear option, where non-3D Touch devices will have two options: View and Clear.

If you press on a notification or tap on View will open the alert, leaving you on the lock screen. Once opened, you can interact with its content. For Messages, that means you can view the last few messages including photos, videos and GIFs.

During the iOS 10 announcement in June, Apple showed an Uber notification with a live map that shows you where your driver was just as if you were using the app.

Swipe down to view more

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Swipe down on a notification when using your device to view and interact with it.


Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Instead of using 3D Touch or swiping left and selecting view, you only need to swipe down on a notification to open it. (You can still use 3D Touch on an alert if you’d prefer.) The alert will open, but you’ll never leave the app you’re already in.

Notification Center is another place where you can open a notification via 3D Touch or with a swipe to the left and a tap on “view.”

Once Apple releases iOS 10 later this fall, developers will begin updating applications with these new notification features. We will update this post with more tips and tricks for rich notifications as needed.

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