Category Archives: Concepts

The ideas bouncing around inside my head.

Concept: SmallBar

This is an overhaul of iOS 5’s notification banners. Currently they get in the way of buttons in most apps, and while they’re not nearly as bad as the alert popups in iOS 1-4, the new ones do have their pitfalls. SmallBar (yes, that’s a play on CallBar by Josh Tucker and Elias Limneos) is designed to completely get rid of the current issues.

This is what the default iOS 5 banners look like. Notice how they cover part of the app’s header, where buttons for composing, canceling, and navigating the app usually are. This makes it tough to hit the part of the button that’s expose without tapping the banner and leaving the app. It’s kind of annoying.

Keep reading for my solution

Concept: GoldenRules

This is my solution to the whole “my iPhone and Mac go off at the same time when I get a Twitter message” problem.

First, there are two clients needed. One on the Mac and one on the iPhone. On the Mac, you pick which app is your Twitter client. Then you do the same thing on the iPhone version side.

Then, when you’re on the same Wi-Fi network on both devices (or Bluetooth, or something, I don’t know, whatever is technically possible), the Mac tells the iPhone whether or not your Twitter app is running. If your Mac Twitter app is running, the iPhone tweak blocks all incoming notifications from your iOS Twitter app of choice.

Your iPhone will no longer keep buzzing when you get Twitter mentions in your Mac app.

The same principle can probably be applied to iMessages, although stopping only iMessage and not regular SMS notifications may be a little harder.

This can be extended to increase your productivity, too. You can set any app as the “twitter app” in the Mac client. You can also set any app (or apps) to mute on the iPhone when the Mac app is running. That means if you want to block all incoming Twitter notifications, text messages/iMessages, and Facebook notifications when you open Final Cut Pro on your Mac to work on a project, you can. The possibilities are endless.

The idea behind the name is simple: the tweak lets you set rules to silence your phone, and silence, as the saying goes, is golden.