Use Notifications on Your iPad

Keep on top of anything without having to stop what you’re doing on your Pad

Before iOS 5, anything requiring your attention on the iPad would pop up in a box in the middle of the screen, interrupting whatever you happened to be doing. Fortunately, the iOS on the latest iPad’s addresses all that with an easy access Notification Center.

You can now decide far yourself how notifications appear, either as a pop-up in the middle of the screen, as a bar at the top, or not at all. Those that appear as a bar at the top leave you to get on with what you’re doing, and disappear after a few seconds. However, if you place your finger at the top of the screen and swipe it downwards, the Notification Center slides into view, showing you messages or alerts that require attention

From reminder to app

From the iPad Notification Center, you can tap each item to jump to the appropriate app: touch on a Calendar event to switch to this app and see more details about the specific event, for example, or tap the beginning of an email to switch to Mail and read it in full, With some items, such as emails, tapping through to them will remove them from Notification Center — once you’ve read them, they’re considered to have been acted upon. Others, such as pending Reminders or upcoming Calendar events, will remain until they’ve been acted upon or the date has passed.

Notifications can also appear on the Lock screen — the one with the unlock slider that appears when the screen’s been off and you press one of the buttons. Here, you just slide a finger on an individual item to unlock your iPad and go straight to the relevant app. Notification Center is now the hub of all your alerts, you’ll soon love it!

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