iOS 8 concept brings "Blocks" (aka widgets) to Apple devices

iOS 8 concept brings
This isn't the first time that a designer has tried to come up with an Appley way to add widget-like functionality to iOS, and (assuming Apple hasn't actually added widgets in iOS 8) it likely won't be the last time either. But, when it comes to concepts, we always prefer when a designer really puts quality thought into how a company would approach an issue, rather than just building an unrealistic concept based on desire. Jay Machalani has done exactly that with his "Blocks" concept.

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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54 Comments

1. TheWolfpacker

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Looks like Windows Phone and iOS 7 had baby

25. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

And they will name it innovation. "We innovated resizable widgets" The first time I saw, it screams Windows Phone all over

54. sgodsell

Posts: 6656; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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.

39. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is not gonna work for ios.

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

never gonna happen...

3. iAntwan

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Interesting concept! Apple should consider this, even though they don't follow trends a lot, this is pretty neat

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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.

43. HansGoneInsane unregistered

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.

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Quit copying Android and Windows Phone

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

But these iFans and users are dying for these exclusive feautres only available on Android.

10. Sauce unregistered

Except one thing is wrong with your statement. This is already on my iPhone. So many uneducated here on this site. This is a major jailbreak tweak, not a concept anymore.

12. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

OMG Sauce. Enough with saying your iPhone is jail broken. We get it. You have an android phone in your iPhone. Jeeeeeeez

13. Sauce unregistered

Enough with you and everyone else's b*tching about jailbreak lolololol. All you people do is QQ because you can't stand to see something you hate so much be awesome.

14. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

Should you really need to jailbreak a phone to make it awesome? Kind of sad that it's a requirement IMO.

16. steedsofwar unregistered

Jailbreak is required for some very basic functionality really, let alone to make the phone awesome.

24. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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.

26. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmao Mxzy…. So know Sauce is Mxzy…. Hahaha

28. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

He seems to have shown up in full force about the time that mxzy left. He may, or may not have had an account before he left, but he has been many times more visible since he left.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30715; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True post bro +1

53. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Can you see WP growing in a positive way? NO...

15. steedsofwar unregistered

Except not only was ios7 twice as unstable as Android 4.x, it is even more unsecure and unstable than ever before due to jailbreak.

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It's king to the fashion crowd, they'll hear none of that.

33. Sauce unregistered

People who say Jailbreak makes iOS unsecure are .... I cant even say what I want to right now without getting banned lmao. Jeez dude, what a moron.

40. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Give us a break, would you?

49. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

Plus it makes the iOS unstable and it hangs and crash alot. My cuzn's iPhone 5c hung and it couldn't be restarted.

51. Sauce unregistered

If your cousin can't do a basic function to fix a basic problem, maybe he shouldn't be touching a phone at all. Kinda worries me about your cousins mental condition.

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Your phone is weak sauce, like the owner.

34. Sauce unregistered

Coming from an unstable unbalanced piece of bloat Os.... Talk about weakkkkk hahahahaha

42. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

And btw, the implementation on iOS looks nothing like this and is not optimised and drains battery if you use too much. Talk about having widget on iOS. Tsk

45. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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.

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