Most of us know what to do when our Mail app or Facebook app displays a red badge with a white number: Open the app and deal with the number of emails or messages indicated.
But what does it mean when it’s your Settings app that displays a red badge with the number “1”?
A fairly tech-savvy houseguest posed that question to me a few months ago, and I was puzzled, not having encountered it myself.
But last week I had my “aha” moment. Apple released a new version of iOS 5 system software, I had yet to download and install it, and there it was: the little red badge.
Once the download and installation were complete, the badge disappeared.
I did a bit of research on icon badges in general, and discovered they mean different things for different apps. (For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what they mean when they appear on the LinkedIn app.)
If you find an app’s badges just plain old annoying, go to Settings > Notifications and scroll through the (non-alphabetized) list of apps. Tap on the name of the app with the offending badge, and turn off the Badge App Icon.