Notifications can be both extremely useful and persistently obnoxious, depending on what they are for and when they come across your screen. For the times when they’re on the obnoxious end of the spectrum, in your way of doing something on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll be happy to discover that now post iOS 7 you have a super-simple method of quickly dismissing notifications that you don’t want on the screen any longer.
All you need to do is swipe up on the notification to make it instantly go away.
Using the upward swiping gesture makes the notification banner disappear immediately, there is no longer a lengthy forced delay before it rolls off the top of the screen. You’ve probably already noticed this, but if you do decide to leave it alone, the normal delay will make the notification go away eventually as usual.
Regardless of whether you dismiss a notification with the gesture or let it go away on it’s own, you’ll find them all accessible as usual in Notification Center, which can be accessed anytime and from anywhere with a swipe down gesture from the very top of the screen.
This is one of several new gestures that have been introduced to iOS with the release of 7, perhaps the most significant being a similar upward swipe to quit apps from the multitasking screen.