Registered developers have been testing OS X Mountain Lion, Apple’s next-generation operating system, since back in February, and the software is now on its third beta preview. Last night, the Cupertino company released a small software update that adds a helpful ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature to Notification Center.
For those unfamiliar with Notification Center, it’s almost exactly that same as the feature introduced to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 5. It allows system notifications for emails, instant messages, calendar alerts, tweets, and more to gather in one place, making it easy for you to see which applications are vying for your attention.
The new ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature allows you to turn those notifications off temporarily and concentrate on your tasks at hand. A toggle now appears at the top of Notification Center and all you need to do is turn it on to hide all alerts and banners and suspend new notifications.
It’s actually a hugely helpful feature when you think about it, especially for users like me who get easily distracted by new emails and Twitter mentions. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a similar feature in iOS 6, allowing users to quickly disable all notifications at certain times, like when they go to bed.
Will you use Mountain Lion’s new ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature? And would you like to see it in iOS?