Considering the amount of excellent and quality apps that are available on the App Store, it goes without saying that iOS device users will more than likely have a decent amount of apps installed upon their device to allow them to complete a wide range of tasks. With all of those apps in one place, all having different abilities and functions, it also stands to reason that notifications are going to be used to allow users to keep track of what is going on, and so that nothing important is missed or overlooked.
But what about those moments when we simply can’t be bothered with notifications being displayed on the phone all of the time? Although Apple revamped notifications in iOS 5, what about those moments when we are engrossed in our favorite mobile game and really could do without that top 40 pixels of our screen being overtaken by an alert? Well, it would seem like a tiresome task to turn notifications off individually, but it would be a lot easier and efficient to simply use the BannerDisable tweak that is now available through Cydia.
Obviously, to take advantage of this users will need to be rocking a jailbroken device with access to Cydia. When installed, the package adds its own little entry to the native Settings app with the title ‘Do No Disturb’ toggle button that can be turned on or off depending on the user’s current requirements. It doesn’t take an Apple iOS engineer to work out just what the toggle is for, but for those who can’t figure it out, the do not disturb switch simply allows banners notifications to be turned on or off with one switch.
No additional home screen icons are added to the device with no additional settings other than the aforementioned toggle. The BannerDisable tweak really is a one-switch-that-does-it-all kind of offering. Although I haven’t personally found myself yearning for this type of feature within iOS, it does makes sense to think that some users would like the ability to quickly disable all banner type notifications in times when privacy is required. This particular package also has built-in support for eight different languages.
BannerDisable is available as a free of charge download from the BigBoss repository and requires iOS 5 or above.