New In iOS 8: Interactive Notifications

Among the great features that we always wanted to see in Apple's iOS 8 system is the new interactive notifications, this feature in iOS 8 will not only give you a text preview of the notification content, but you will also be able to perform many actions on the notification without leaving the current app.

Mac users probably know that Apple already added Interactive notifications feature in OS X Mavericks, so it isn't a surprise that interactive notifications made their way to iOS as well.

These notifications will let you reply to Messages without having to go to the Messages app, accept event invitations, move mails to trash, like Facebook posts and more. Here’s a detailed look at this new iOS 8 feature that will make notification management much easier.

Whenever you receive a notification, you'll see a standard iOS 7 banner, with a title, some text content below it, and a holder element at the bottom. What’s new is that when you pull down this holder, you’ll see additional buttons or a text field to respond to the notification.

Below, Apple previewed quite a few different types of notification actions:


The message notification will let you to quickly reply from the notification banner without taking you to the Message app..

From now on, you'll be able to accept/decline event invitations directly from notification banner.

Interactive Notifications are available to third-party developers too, and Apple showed Facebook as an example:
Of course, all these Interactive Notifications will also be available on the lock screen and in notification alerts. On the Lock Screen, you’ll have to swipe left to reveal the actions associated with a notification. The same swipe interaction works for notifications in Notification Center too:

Finer Details

  • Since Notification Actions let you alter data, Apple lets developers mention if an action is destructive in nature, for example moving a mail to trash. Such actions are shown differently to indicate that their action could be destructive in nature.

  • Destructive actions are shown in red on the lock screen, actions that alter state are shown in blue and neutral actions are shown in grey.

  • Apple also gives developers an option to require a passcode for performing an action on a notification. So if you take an action on a notification from the lock screen, iOS will ask for a passcode, but won’t unlock the device.

  • If you don’t want Interactive Notifications on your lock screen, you can disable them from the Settings app, but on a per-app basis, and not globally.

  • Developers can specify up to four actions for a notification, but the number of actions that are shown depend on the kind of notification. For a banner or a lock screen notification, iOS will show just two actions, but an alert can show all four actions, as you can see in the screenshot above.
So what do you think guys ?


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