iOS 8 concept brings "Blocks" (aka widgets) to Apple devices
posted by Michael H. / May 30, 2014, 3:44 PM
The idea is simple: Android has widgets, Windows Phone has live tiles, so what would Apple's solution be? Machalani has put a huge amount of thought into it (he wrote almost 5000 words just to set up the issue before introducing his idea), and it is relatively simple (as would be the Apple way). The idea is actually quite a bit like the iOS widget concept that we saw from Jan-Michael Cart back in 2011 (Cart was actually hired by Apple after he released his concept). Blocks are basically a hybrid of live tiles and widgets, where you would be able to pinch-and-zoom on any app icon to display more info, or leave the larger Block active to allow for live updating of info or easy access to media controls.
Machalani goes into very specific detail about the pixel size of the Blocks, specifying the organization of each block and where the interactive points would be, but that's more stuff for designers. You all probably just want pictures and a video, right?
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Looks like Windows Phone and iOS 7 had baby
posted on May 30, 2014, 3:47 PM 20
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And they will name it innovation. "We innovated resizable widgets" The first time I saw, it screams Windows Phone all over
posted on May 30, 2014, 6:42 PM 10
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Windows phones live tiles are not interactive. Androids widgets are. Also from the look of it, now Apples widgets are as well. Remember WP live tiles when you touch them they launch the application only. With widgets, developers can set up areas on the widget to be interactive, so you can launch the app or lower the volume, scroll through information, click on buttons, switches, sliders, and more. All of which WP can't do.
posted on May 31, 2014, 7:14 PM 2
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Interesting concept! Apple should consider this, even though they don't follow trends a lot, this is pretty neat
posted on May 30, 2014, 3:55 PM 2
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It would require too many changes in the lower layers of iOS to make this happen. You have to understand, they couldn't even make multitasking happen in iOS 7, it only has a new skin on the old way. iOS is a very tightly made system that was not intended to be changed just tweaked. Unlike Google who literally tore everything apart that they could on ICS, Apple hasn't done anything like that and at this point it would be very difficult for them to do without losing their, what is now, "almost just works" status.
posted on May 30, 2014, 4:18 PM 9
Dude, you really talk BS. Your mind seems to be limited, not Apple's capabilities. You should not forget that some of the most gifted coders of the world work for Apple and that Apple has a great OS for desktops on which iOS bases on. Furthermore, Apple demonstrated that it does change the fundamental arcitecture of iOS if it thinks it is the right thing to do. iOS 7 was the first 64bit OS for smartphones. That is a fundamental change in arcitecture. If Apple wants to implement such things like shown in this concept, then they can do that at any time. I think the main reason why Apple hasn't implemented stuff like widgets (don't forget: there is already a dashboard for Mac OS X with widgets) for iPhone is that it drains battery a lot which is problematic for iPhone because of its smaller form factor and thin design. As the iPhone 6 is probably going to be very thin as well, I don't think that a large enough battery for widgets will fit in there. On the other hand, i am really curious to see what Apple will do with the desktop when you swipe to the left from your home screen. Until iOS 7, you could access the search function this way. At the moment, swiping to the left doesn't work, so Apple has one desktop left for implementing something. But once again, iOS is not limited at all by its arcitecture since it bases on MAC OS X and therewith UNIX. It is just limited to what Apple wants it to be.
posted on May 31, 2014, 5:09 AM 0
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Quit copying Android and Windows Phone
posted on May 30, 2014, 3:57 PM 16
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But these iFans and users are dying for these exclusive feautres only available on Android.
posted on May 30, 2014, 4:02 PM 15
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If it was so awesome, then why did it need "tweaking" to be enabled? Also, I thought the whole purpose of "iOS" is that it is soooooo secure because of it being a cute little walled garden. It's funny you come here whining every time android allegedly "copied" something that "apple created". Yet, when things like this finally make it across the platform, it's the "OMG, GREATEST THING EVAR". Please shut up mxy.
posted on May 30, 2014, 6:31 PM 8
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Did you actually post that? iOS is the unstable os like shown, but you're not capable of digesting that. You are just a troll/shill, trolling against truth, shilling the bs. Most of your posts are nonsense, and you have been called out more then I can recall on your bs. Totally weak.
posted on May 31, 2014, 6:53 AM 2
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