'BetterCenter' Makes iPad's Notification Center Look Better
When you open Notification Center on the iPhone or iPod touch, itís nice how the interface fills the entire screen so you can see more of your notifications in one place without all the distractions of what is behind Notification Center when it drops down over your home screen or the application youíre in. On the iPad, itís exactly the opposite. For whatever reason, Apple thought it would be a good idea to make Notification Center small and allow the background contents to distract your eyes while Notification Center is open.
If you hate the busy look of everything showing below Notification Center, try a new free jailbreak tweak called BetterCenter
by iOS developer MPow
. The tweak forces Notification Center to open at a designated size on the iPad. The tweak is not made for the iPhone or iPod touch. For most, maxing out the tweak to cause Notification Center to take up the whole screen is going to be preferred since the iPad already auto-resizes Notification Center to fit the content.
The tweak comes with a preferences pane where you can select the height of Notification Center when you launch it:
The preferences pane allows you to use two separate sliders Ė one for portrait mode and one for landscape mode. By default, the sliders are maxed out so that Notification Center spans the whole screen. Unfortunately, the tweak doesnít completely fill the entire screen the same way Notification Center does on the iPhone and iPod touch, but it does allow Notification Center to stretch all the way to the bottom of the screen. This drastically decreases the strain on your eyes caused by all the busy colors of your application icons and wallpaper that your eyes have to try and put out of focus to see Notification Center in a desirable way.
Since the tweak works in both landscape and portrait mode, it keeps a consistent design principle. Having the expanded Notification Center is much nicer than having a little sticky-note sized Notification Center hanging down from the top of your screen. Since the tweak is free, itís a nice mod for the iPad that you can try out to see which version of Notification Center you prefer more. Personally, I prefer the way the tweak increases the height of Notification Center.
iOS 5, iPad