The infamous notch became a critical element of Apple’s design language when it was first introduced with the iPhone X.
Although I’ve been on the fence about the notch since it was launched in 2017, I long felt that Apple could have done more with its mobile operating systems to better glorify the company’s notch-centric design language.
Seeming to agree with the above train of thought are iOS developer Ginsudev and designer AVIROK1, who only recently worked together to bring us all a new jailbreak tweak called NotchBanner .
The name of the tweak is appropriate, as incoming notification banners are purposely shrunk to the width of the notch on your handset so that they look like they are an extension of the notch itself when dropped from the top of the display. A example The screenshot above shows what that looks like.
It should be noted that NotchBanner makes banner notifications much narrower, which means you’ll see less content at a glance. On the other hand, banner notifications are not issued much longer because native banners would sink that low even after installing notch banners. This means that NotchBanner does not detract from the intrusiveness of notification banners.
Once installed, NotchBanners adds a dedicated settings area to the Settings app where users can configure a few different options as per their preferences:
Here users can:
- Turn NotchBanner on or off as needed
- Choose a preferred banner background color
- Choose a preferred banner text color
The developer provides an Apply button in the upper right corner of the settings pane so that users can easily save any changes they make to the options. We like that the tweak defaults to black for the notification banners, as that works best with the notch on phones with OLED-equipped displays, but the option is always there to change the color if you want.
If you want to add more purpose to the notch on your jailbroken handset, you can buy the new NotchBanners tweak for $ 1.99 from the Packix repository via your preferred package manager app. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 13 & 14 devices.
Do you think banner notifications look better or worse with the new NotchBanners tweak? Let us know your position on the concept in the comments section below.