Quick question, trying to understand notifications

smirk

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Hi, I recently installed a couple games, and now every day there are banners from them on my unlock screen.

When I first ran these apps, they asked about enabling Push, and I said no. Yet these banners still appear. Is the Push feature they asked about different than these notifications?

Also, I can get rid of these daily banners by turning them off in the Notifications panel in Settings, is that correct?

And finally, does enabling these notifications reduce battery life to the point where you would want to limit their number? Or is it no big deal?

Thanks for any info!
 

faroZ06

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Push is when there is a button that appears in front of whatever you are doing and tells you something (best if it's important). Banners appear at the top and in the lock screen (if you enable that). You can disable them in the Notification Center settings. They aren't daily, by the way. I don't know about the battery life thing, but I have plenty of apps providing banners, and my battery life is good.
 

smirk

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Oh, ok... thanks.

I was worried that I would have all these apps pushing data to my Touch all the time, but it sounds like it doesn't work that way. From an architectural standpoint, it sounds like the app developer pushes messages to Apple, and then Apple pushes them to my Touch (presumably in some sort of efficient manner).

So there's probably no way to turn these messages "off", per se; you just squelch the display of them via the Notification Center settings.

At any rate, thank you. I turned off the lock screen notification for the games I don't really play. :)
 

takeshi74

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Push is when there is a button that appears in front of whatever you are doing and tells you something (best if it's important).
What you're describing is an Alert which is an Alert Style. Go to Settings->Notifications, select an app and you'll see the Alert Styles available for that app.

Push means that the server initiates the transfer (i.e. pushes) versus pull where the device polls the server. Same definitions for push and pull as it is with email.


So there's probably no way to turn these messages "off", per se; you just squelch the display of them via the Notification Center settings.
No, your Notifications settings actually manage push notifications.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4146
Push Notifications
Some applications from the App Store use the Apple Push Notification service to alert you of new data. Applications that rely extensively on push notifications (such as instant messaging applications) will consume data.

To disable push notifications, go to Settings > Notifications and set Notifications to Off. Note that this does not prevent new data from being received when the application is opened. Also, the Notifications setting will not be visible if you do not have any applications installed that support push notifications.
 
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