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Notification Center in iOS 8 offers quick replies, actionable items

Notification Center is getting even more powerful in iOS 8, adding in the ability to reply to and take action on notifications from both the lockscreen and top of your screen. In iOS 8, when you receive a message and it drops down from the top of your screen, you can swipe it down and reply without leaving the app that you're currently in. This works for Messages, but also third-party apps — think about replying to emails or commenting on posts from Facebook right from the Notification Center. If you don't want to reply to a message right away, just swipe it up and it disappears.

If your phone is on the lockscreen and you receive a notification, you can now take action on it without even unlocking the phone. You can accept or decline a calendar invitation, for example, by swiping the notification to the left and tapping your choice. These are features that have been long-time Jailbreak fixes, but now they're baked right into iOS 8.

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22 Comments
  • It's about time for quick reply. Looks pretty much like an Auki rip off though lol. Good job Apple.
  • I've seen this before, but I can't exactly pin it down...
  • BB10 and Auki. About damn time Apple. Love it. Posted from my TARDIS!
  • ^ +1
  • android, i think jelly bean, like most of ios new features
  • yeah, yeah, yeah, we know. Apple steals for Android all the time, which steals from iOS all the time. In other words, ALL CURRENT SMARTPHONE OSs steal from each other. And you know what? 95% of people are OK WITH THAT.
  • But in most cases android doesn't claim to do everything first and then sue claiming they did it first. I think that is why people get agitated over this.
  • Apple dont claim they are the first to innovate new features... Unlike samsung... Too many half-baked features were put in their devices... Apple will only release features that just works, and wont have any problems in the future...
    And i know u would mention apple maps and mobileme failures, but trust me, that's the only failures that i seen apple did.. Sent from the iMore App
  • exactly lol
  • Woo Hoo! This is something to look forward to using.
  • Works exactly the same as BB10 on blackberry.
  • Yeah; it's just a clone. A lot of stuff stolen in BBM too...
  • My only concern about this is security. If it's on the lock screen it won't stop my annoying siblings or crazy friends from replying for me
  • I am sure you can shut it off
  • I know on Android devices, a lock screen will prevent this from working. The feature is for more so when you are already using your phone for say, browsing the web. When you get a message, you can pull down the notification bar and reply there without having to phsyically go to the messaging app. Either way, I'm sure its a feature that can be turned off
  • That's where the touchID comes in, i guess... And maybe in the future, all ipads and ipods will have touchID as well... Sent from the iMore App
  • BlackBerry 10 Ripoff. No surprises there. I can’t tell the last time apple came up with something no one else has.
  • They never did a quick reply from the lock screen that I saw. It just opened the messages app to reply like it does now so maybe quick reply from the lock screen isn't possible. Sent from the iMore App
  • So to enable this is to pull down the bar to reply or what ever action? If I wanna reply IN the corresponding app I just tap it, like before? It's an option, right? Sent from the iMore App
  • Does anybody know if you can quick reply to messages within Notification Center in addition to the notification banners?
  • Yes you could... Sent from the iMore App
  • Sounds similar to chat heads. I just wish chat heads worked for SMS also. iMore App via Nexus 5.