It's new day for iOS! Version 5 of the operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod is brimming with new features, including this handy pull-down notifications menu that shows you everything from the weather to missed calls, reminders, and incoming e-mail messages. Sound familiar? Apple definitely borrows from Android on this one.
Unobtrusive banner notifications are another Android influence, but Apple has wisely let you choose your pop-up style rather than foist one on you. You can find that and much, much more in the new Notifications segment of the Settings menu.
If you get multiple notifications while the phone is locked, you'll see them all at once, newest message first (so read this from bottom to top). Before, you saw one message at a time, and had to deal with them in order.
It's nice that Apple lets you pick how many of each item you want to see in the pull-down menu. But why so stringent? Five e-mails (for instance) are too many for our tastes, and one is too few. Why not two or three?