Prior to the release of iOS 5, I published a piece in UX Magazine concerning the effects of the operating system’s new roll-down, top-of-the-screen notifications on navigational elements, which, by standard, appear in the place of the new notifications. As noted in the article, “Apple, seemingly taking a cue from Android, has gone a step further: messages, which previously appeared in a modal dialog while an app was in use, will now appear in a scrolling banner at the top of the screen.”
The concern, of course, was that receiving a notification while an app was in use would render the navigation bar useless. Until today, that seemed to be the case, but Fueled has made a discovery: when you receive a notification while an app is in use, simply tap it, swipe it slightly downward, and let go. The message will bounce into the nether regions of your phone, until, of course, you enter the Notification Center. In the spirit of Apple, the perfect blend of simplicity and necessity.