How iOS 11’s Notification Center has changed – CNET

After installing iOS 11 you’re bound to notice a lot of small changes and some bigger changes. There’s the ability to record your screen, a customizable control center, and then there’s… Notification Center.

Actually, it’s no longer called Notification Center. It’s now called Cover Sheet. It looks similar to the lock screen, but still works much in the same way Notification Center did. 

Here’s how Apple shows off Cover Sheet on its iOS 11 website:

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It looks simple enough, right? You still swipe down from the top of the screen to view recent notifications, but now an additional swipe up is required to view older notifications. Notice the “Earlier Today” section.

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To go back to the previous screen, you can swipe up from the very bottom of the screen. If you don’t start at the bottom, you’ll likely keep scrolling through older alerts. Getting it right will take some patience and practice. 

Interaction has changed, kind of

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With Cover Sheet, you can still swipe in either direction across a notification to do things like clear or open it. Only now, you can swipe all the way to complete the action without having to press the button once it’s visible. 

A long or hard press on an alert will also bring up more interaction options, as it did prior to iOS 11. 

Access Today and Camera 

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One benefit to the new Cover Sheet is it provides quick access to the Today section and the Camera app. At any time you can swipe down, then swipe to the right or left to access the respective feature. Just make sure you’re not touching an alert (I found using the edge of the screen to work quite well). 

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