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iOS 5 Notification Center cracked open to third party widgets

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iOS 5 Notification Center cracked open to third party widgets
If we thought we could only run Apple's chosen weather and stocks widgets in our iOS 5 Notification Center area, the jailbreaking community was quick to prove us wrong.

Apple's newest mobile OS version iOS 5, which is still in a beta stage, has been jailbroken, tinkered with, and examined to pieces for the few short days it is in public. Moreover, iOS 5 already has its own set of customized widgets, which bring additional functionalities and altered looks that dispose of that linen background Apple placed in its Notification Center for some reason. 

That reminds us a lot about the early days of Google's Android OS, when coders were hard at work ironing out the kinks, and also of Android's different manufacturers' overlays and custom ROMs that keep on piling functionality on rooted devices. 

UISettings and Widget Task

UISettings and Widget Task

There is a good roundup of these new Notification Center enhancements and widgets for jailbroken devices with iOS 5 beta and here are screenshots from some of them. First off, we get new widgets. There is UISettings, which inserts connectivity toggles in the pulldown list of notfications, then Widget Task, which will display the multitasking menu there.

System Prefs and Music Center
System Prefs and Music Center

System Prefs and Music Center

In development are also Spring Prefs, which displays system information in the Notification Center, as well as Music Center, which shows the current song right there too.

There are a couple of beautification efforts, too, meant to demonstrate that the Notification Center can be themed, if you want to escape from the default linen background of Apple's design team. These range from glossy pulldown menu, to pure black background, as well as one with transparent effects, more akin to Apple's usual design concepts.

iOS 5 Notification Center themes
iOS 5 Notification Center themes
iOS 5 Notification Center themes

iOS 5 Notification Center themes

We don't know what is more surprising - the fact that these Notification Center enhancements were created for an iOS 5 beta, or the speed they were cooked with for Apple's newest mobile OS version that has barely been out. It's a welcome developed nonetheless.

source: MacStories 

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posted on 15 Jun 2011, 05:33 7

1. kim (unregistered)


So they made it just like android??? Wow apple... And your suing everyone for plagiarising sueing

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 06:14 2

2. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


what?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 08:09 3

3. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Apple just took what android was doing and made something magical out of it! =P

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 09:11

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Hahaha... couldn't resist

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 11:02 1

8. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


lol.... The opportunity was wide open for the taken =)

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 16:24 2

11. quakan (Posts: 1188; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


yea dey made it like android bt they improved it so that means android will probably come back with something on that same level...consumers win regardless of whether u prefer apple or android

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 16:53

12. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


But of course that wouldn't be copying for the case of android. It would just be the natural step that they would have to take. Just like their touchscreen phones and their touchscreen tablets OS that came out after the iphone and the ipad are also the most natural step that google had to take, right?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 17:18 5

15. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I am sorry.... are you inferring that Apple made the first touch screen phones? I was just curious

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 20:21 1

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


he said os... and idk why u r all talking about apple and android... these are some pretty nice themes... i wish i still had my iphone real badly...

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 20:41 1

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


they Look nice... jailbreaking does wonders sometimes doesn't it? :P

also I think android fans are getting some payback on their own... IDK think its dumb anyways because people are having fun with these updates regales, and its looking good... android working on polishing the experience and apple making it much richer its a win for all of us... the only thing I can say is that Google wont sue for that :P (I said Google not other manufacturers)

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:13 1

20. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


looks like that is what his implying(sorry if am wrong). am sure that most apple users believe they had the first touch screen lol wouldnt be surprised if they thought iphone had camera on a phone 1st aswell.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 08:43 3

4. jroc74 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The pros n cons of each OS is getting smaller n smaller. Pretty soon, there wont be nothing for the fanboys to fight about concerning the OS's.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 10:04 2

7. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Agreed, I like that the OS's keep leap frogging each other. It keeps competition and innovation alive. Consumers reap the benefits, so why do the fanboys hate? Personally, I tune out their comments and look for the bi-partisan responses like yours, and try to form my own opinion on the subject before believing fanboy rants.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:24 1

23. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


yes with ios5 coming this autumn it seems the os are getting closer but you have to remember that around that time google ice scream sandwich update is also coming out which i think will be huge update for android. where one again the gap may be like how ios 4 is to gingerbread. could be wrong. hope am not though.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 08:46 3

5. Omar (unregistered)


Man they straight copied Android. And all I hear are these Apple Zealots, "The Android isn't a real phone. Get an iPhone!" But then they steal the concept because their concept was a joke from the beginning.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 16:55

13. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I know huh? The iphone and the ipad are such jokes that google decided to release android for phones, and then later on for tablets . All after the iphone and the ipad :)

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 16:56

14. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Oh wait. It wasn't the iphone and the ipad that pushed everyone else and google to release android. It was the LG Prada :)



My bad :)

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 15:40 2

9. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Apple is copying pretty much everything off of Android...

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 16:13

10. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


And that is why the iphone came out before any android devices, right? And that is also why the ipad came out before the first android tablet came out as well, right?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 17:23 1

16. Anonymous4575677667 (unregistered)


First off, who had the first touch screen smart phone that had the ability to act as a computer? Apple. What company tries to call all of their phones iPhone Killers? Android. What company tries to take apples speed, smoothness, design, and flawlessness. Android. Android has been copying apple just like how microsoft has for years. Who created the widget first off...start there. Apple did in osx. all they did was take the widgets from osx and put them on a phone you dumbass android fanboys.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 11:57 1

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5377; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


LOL you sure know little.

First when you said to act like a computer you mean only the web kit? because other smartphones had multi tasking, and capability to send a get email, and capability of editing document and capability of installing apps...

Second I don't think I've seen companies calling themselves the iPhone killer but rather people deciding witch phone is the iPhone killer (except maybe LG)

Now android has being copying apple? how they managed notifications, or the nature of the market, or flash on the browser, or multi tasking, or replacement apps for stock services or widgets on the device or non intrusive notifications and many other things I could think about.....

also widgets where made by OSX first? HAHAHAHAHA you sure are dumb the project that got the first 'widgets' was project Konfabulator got them first that MAC... so much that people called it a Copy of Konfabulator and whats this 'Konfabulator' project I talk about? some twisted dream for nerds you must say? nope not quite there... ever heard of yahoo widgets? but there was also X windows(not related with MS) witch had that kind of concept.... now if the concept was so easy to take then why apple didn't use them? they had the code from their OSX version they could have ported it for such an Innovative idea as the always do don't they? yet android did and you said they coped that from apple too how ironic

also you talk of android as if it where a company.... its an OS for smartphones, not a company and its being Hosted By Motorola HTC Samsung and other witch give their phones the uniqueness of their custom interfaces and their add on

Nice try but I can produce a better argument by farting on my keyboard

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 11:17

26. jroc74 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I had a response to his post....after reading this....no response is needed...lol

Why is it that Apple, iPhone fanboys main talking points always seem to be everyone is copying Apple?

Do they all get together and discuss how they gonna plan their posting styles?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 18:12 2

17. theBankRobber (unregistered)


Sad part is no matter how u look at it, outside the USA Android is replacing ios at a incredible speed. So people can say what they want about Android, but the fact is people have a choice. Which is better? Well that's up to the customer to decide. I had my treo 650 before the iPhone came out and it had a touch screen, only thing Apple did was use just the whole screen with no alternate buttons and people act like apply invented it. But its ok, I could care less. I love my HTC Android device and if u don't, well get a real life and go f**k yourself.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:17 1

21. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


yeah some forget that there is world outside the usa. i would not have a problem with apple if they just stopped being arrogant and thinking they were 1st to do everything and there way is better than anyone else's..

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:21

22. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


That is because there is only one device (for each tech) that utilizes the IOS while there are countless devices across multi carriers that have Android..... Don’t mistake quantity for quality.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 11:55

24. jroc74 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Did you see where he said ppl have a choice? No one is putting a gun to ppl's heads making them get an Android phone.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 14:00

27. hooher tod (unregistered)


Yes there should realize the reader to RSS my feed to RSS commentary, quite simply

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