Upcoming Tweak 'Banners+' Will Change How You See Notifications On the iPad
iPad owners out there that dislike the way Apple’s banners are implemented should take a look at this new upcoming jailbreak tweak called Banners+
by iOS developer Rudolf Lichtner
. Right now, iPad notification banners don't take good advantage of the iPad's large screen and they appear in the top portion of the screen. Banners+ will give you more of a limited Growl-like notification experience on the iPad.
The appearance of the notification from Banners+ is a somewhat dark, transparent bubble with an icon that indicates the application the notification is coming from as well as the name of the person sending the notification to you and a preview of what the notification is about.
As shown above, you can choose the side of the screen that you prefer to have the notification appear on. My own preference is to have the notification on the right side of the screen since we read left to right and having a banner appear where text could potentially be starting a new sentence would be disturbing. Banners+ has a preferences pane in the Settings application where you can adjust its position, shown below:
In addition to choosing the location on the screen where you want the notification to appear, Banners+ also gives you the ability to automatically mute the sounds of all notifications so that you can’t hear them – only see them. The second option allows you to dismiss the notification by tapping on it with two fingers when it appears on the screen so you can get the notification out of your way quickly if it ends up floating on top of something that you're busy looking at or reading.
When live, Banners+ will be on the ModMyi repository for free. It will not work on the iPhone or iPod touch as it was only intended for the iPad and it will require iOS 5 to be installed. For those of you that love trying new ways to do something on your iOS device, Banners+ will be a worthy jailbreak tweak to give a test run. However, if you're content with the way the iPad displays notifications already, then it's probably not something you're going to need that much.
Sources: Rudolf Lichtner