We’ve just reported that Apple has released the second beta of the upcoming mobile platform, iOS 5, coming after the initial release offered right after this year’s WWDC. Along with the new Beta are also coming in reports of what the changes are.
Such changes include the notification system; when iOS 5 was launched, the notifications on the Lock Screen appeared in a list display, several notifications, grouped by the application the notifications refer to, as you can see in the image below.
In the current Beta 2 of iOS 5, Apple seems to have reverted to the old-style notifications, granted a little bit more glassy and revamped. You will no longer see all notifications but only the last one on your Lock Screen. All the others are sent in a hidden drawer until accessed and every new notification coming in will push out the older one residing on the Lock Screen.
We can’t think of any reason why Cupertino would do this, except maybe (1) to maybe avoid being too similar to Android or (2) because of privacy concerns: your iPhone might be locked but any accidental pressing of the power of Home button will light up the screen to expose all you notifications (email, text, Twitter, calls, mail, etc.) Having only the last one displayed reduces the risk of unwanted “information leak”. What do you think of the changes (rolling back to the original)? Are they welcome? Will they remain or will Beta 3 bring something else (new or old)?
Update: Skelly in the comments lets us know that “you can change between both old style and the list style from Beta 1” in the Settings meaning that Apple will either offer the users a choice to manage their own privacy via the notifications and how they are displayed or is currently testing and listening for feedback as far as both models are concerned.
Source: Redmond Pie