With iOS 8, Apple opens up for third-party widgets


Brace yourselves, people, as the sky is falling, and Apple is letting widgets wiggle into the fairly restricted iOS system. Yep, third-party widgets can now occupy their rightful place in the notification center of iOS 8.

Granted, these won't be full-fledged permanent widges docked on your homescreen, like Android's system, but it's an advancement nonetheless, and a recognition about the third-party widget power at the same time. Apart from the default widgets, like weather, stocks, Facebook and Twitter updates, and so on, which were replaced with the Today view in iOS 7, Apple will now allow other companies to build their own for their own apps. 

The new system in iOS 8 was demonstrated with an eBay widget in the pull-down notification center, which informed the user on the progress of a guitar bidding process. You can place your bid straight from the notification center, too, which adds interactive elements to the widget experience, and increases their usage tremendously. It is not yet clear whether developers will have to go through a vetting process, before their widgets make it in the notification center of your iPhone and iPad, or it's going to be the Wild Wild Widget land there, but the new system is a very welcome and uncharacteristic step, which is likely to earn Apple's a lot of user accolades.

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24 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL, man, have to love their attempts to catch up. Also, more unwanted purchases and security flaws exposed to children, incoming.

12. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Same comment

2. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Instead of all the inevitable comments about Apple catching up to Android, I will say: I'm surprised how open Apple has gotten

11. bataxstar unregistered

I wouldn't call it 'open' yet.

20. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Noticed that too. I think Jobs' iron grip is starting to fall apart as Cook sees what really needs to happen, developer integration. Good to see it start to happen, sad it has taken so long.

21. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Also Cook doesn't have the ego that Jobs had. Jobs has always been that "I'm the smartest person in the room" type person and because of that he was constantly blinded by his ego and would fail to see where things needed improvements and always demanded things be run his way, because if he didn't think of it, then it wasn't a good idea regardless if it made billions of dollars. And if someone went to another platform because they wanted more, he didn't care, it was either his way or the highway. Cook on the other hand isn't like that, he sees where other ideas can make loads of money for the company and to keep the customer happy and hopefully keep them for the long terms. Jobs is the kid who brings the ball and tells the few people he wants to play with to play by his rules or don't play at all. Cook brings the ball and lets everyone play and lets everyone throw in their ideas for the rules.

3. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

LOL, 7 years very late!

13. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Same comment

4. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Widgets? You know that sounds really familiar.

14. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Same comment

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Of all places to put the third party widgets... the already busy and awkward notification center?

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31373; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Awesome. Open it up apple, this is great news.

17. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

3 years later. apple calls it innovation. Freakin Dinosaurs.

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

this is the only 1 respectable feature of ios 8..... others are just plain bullsh*t....

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

How are they BS? They are not huge, but actually they can be useful in everyday life.

19. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

That troll won't answer, nor does she have an answer.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is going to make older phone struggle. Apple will simply banish them.

9. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Disappointing Apple, disappointing. I was waiting for something special.

15. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

this was a good conference...i was impressed though i've seen it on other devices that doesn't matter to me...the design and interface as a complete package to enjoy is something that can be provided by Apple well which i look forward to

18. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmao. iFeaturePhone. and iAmC0nehead.

16. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Apple feels so 2010. Freakin Dinosaurs.

22. willard12 unregistered

I thought Apple Fans didn't care about widgets. Turns out, they not only care, but they are pleased to have them in the notification center that they didn't care about 2 years ago.

23. anino1996

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

At least they should have called it something else. The same name widgets shows how idea-famished they are.

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well whatever you guys say, ios just became usable, they stole some, but finally iOS is neck to neck competitor for android.

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