Sometimes you get stuck in a situation where you start getting a bunch of notifications on your lock screen. You might be trying to take a nap, or maybe you might be multitasking and you're too busy to pick up your iOS device and take a peek. Either way, your lock screen keeps lighting up and interrupting you, and at the same time, it's wasting your battery by constantly turning the display on and off.
You can use Do Not Disturb to silence your notifications for a period of time, but this makes it so you don't actually know if you're getting notifications until you manually check your device. A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed OnlyOneNotification
by iOS developer Elijah Frederickson is now available to limit the notifications making your display turn on and off, but you'll still get notified of the first notification that you receive.
As the name implies, the tweak makes it so that when you start getting a large surge of notifications, your device will only turn the display on for the first notification, but after the first, the device will stop turning the display on to show you of the notifications. This way, you'll know when you get your first notification, but you won't have to be bothered when additional notifications start coming in. Instead, you can check your device when you're ready, after knowing that the first notification came in, and you'll discover whether or not even more notifications came in by the time you check the device manually.
Because the display isn't turning on and off in your pocket, or even on your nightstand, it won't be wasting battery life – or worse, keeping you awake with the flickering display.
OnlyOneNotification comes with a preferences pane where you can configure a few additional options for more flexibility:
In addition to enabling or disabling the tweak on demand, you can choose to enable the “Block first as well” option, which will give the device a Do Not Disturb-like functionality. You can even choose to enable or disable notification sounds for all incoming notifications to improve the feeling of being left alone. Even if you disable notification sounds, your device will still turn on the display for the first notification and remain off for all additional notifications.
The tweak seems to be an interesting idea. If you want to give OnlyOneNotification a try, it's available for free in Cydia's BigBoss repository. The tweak is fully compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit iOS 7 devices.