It is not only Apple that can pay attention to even the most minor iOS details; the developers over in the Cydia store can do that as well, and pretty reasonably. iOS is a pretty good-looking platform, but in some cases, these good looks can lead to inconvenience for users. Take the banner notifications as an example. Although the banners look really sleek, many people think that they take up too much unnecessary space and could have been way more compact than they currently are. In any case, most iOS users just think of notifications as a means of navigating quickly to whichever app the notification belongs to. Not many people actually read the notifications. So, if you are one of those people who don’t like the layout and size of banner notifications, SmallBanners can make things perfect for you. This newly-released Cydia tweak automatically trims down all banner notifications, restricting their height to that of the status bar. You will still be able to see all the essential information in each banner, but the excess data is taken away.
Basically, SmallBanners takes away all the bells and whistles from your iDevice’s notifications, leaving them with just the bare essentials. A banner notification usually consists of three parts.
- The icon of the app to which the notification belongs.
- The name of the sender, or app.
- The actual message of the notification.
SmallBanners removes the second part (sender name) completely, while minimizing (and in some cases, completely removing) the app icon. The only part of the banner that remains the same is the actual message, and that makes perfect sense because that’s what a notification’s actual purpose is! This new minimalistic version of notification banners completely cover the status bar, but doesn’t stretch beyond that.
The tweak can be downloaded from the BigBoss repo in the Cydia store, where it is available as a free download. You can’t configure anything, as SmallBanners supports just one banner size, and that is applied to all notifications automatically as soon as you install the tweak to your iPhone. One way the tweak can become more useful is if the developer adds the option to strip away all the unnecessary content from notifications, while adding the option to show more text in each notification. Apart from that, the empty app icon area doesn’t look too intuitive, and things can improve if a smaller version of these icons is displayed by SmallBanners.