updated 01:15 am EDT, Sat June 11, 2011
Dev finds iOS 5 can do custom notify widgets
UK developer Will Homer on Friday found that it was possible to develop custom widgets for the Notification Center in iOS 5. Without having to use the SDK, Homer created a classic "hello world" widget with the proper background. The writer went so far as to post sample code on Github for others to show how it works.
iOS modder Chronic has explained that the process itself is relatively simple and involves making a custom view interface compiled as a plugin for Bulletinboard, Apple's internal codename for Notification Center.
Whether or not the notification area becomes an avenue for third-party apps isn't clear, although the simplicity and modular design imply that Apple might allow it. A move of the sort would give iOS a more Android-like approach where apps could have their own always-up notices, but without crowding out space for apps on the home screen. The implementation would have its limits, such as the size of the widget and what it could do as a result.
Its absence in the official SDK does suggest that Apple at a minimum wasn't ready to open the feature to the outside.
A concern persists as to its implementation on the iPad. Just as the tablet doesn't have the clock or weather apps from the smaller devices, Notification Center on the larger device is also missing a widget area. It's possible that Apple has the same concerns about wasted space as with its existing apps and is deliberately holding off, or else it's still finalizing code and planning to add the feature to the iPad later. [via 9to5Mac]