What’s That Strange Bar at the Top of iOS 7 Lock Screen?

| TMO Quick Tip

For some users, there's a new, odd looking bar at the top of the iOS 7 Lock Screen. What is that exactly?

Here's what the bar looks like.

It turns out that the bar is both a notification and a touch prompt that you can pull down from there and see notifications from the Lock Screen. The bar is enabled when you set Settings -> Notification Center -> Notifications View. It looks like this:

Turning this Setting to ON causes the bar to appear.

The same applies to "Today View."

If you don't want notifications or Today View accessible from the Lock Screen, turn both those settings to Off. The bar will disappear, and its absence will remind you of your iPhone's setting.

It's a nice little touch that's also a security measure. If the iPhone falls into the wrong hands, your notifications (and possibly travel plans) won't be available to view. Unless you really need this feature, for better security, it's probably a good idea to set both "Notification's View" and "Today View" to Off.

Comments

Gareth Harris

John, now do the symmetrical article about the dash at the bottom of the screen for the control center.
Joking aside, I am getting temper tantrums from friends about the tiniest changes in the iPhone interface, no matter how beneficial, as if the icons were sacred relics.

Reminds me of the tale about the owner of a Ferrari that took it back to his dealer to complain about his “automatic” transmission not shifting like his old manual stick. When taken for a test drive later while the dealer demonstrated the shifters going through the gears, the owner exclaimed: “You mean it has more than one gear!”

ALthough RTFM does not seem to apply to Apple, most iPhone owners never explore their phone or learn how to use them. They just complain.

Paul Goodwin

Hahaha Gareth.

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