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Dev shows iOS 5 notifications can have custom widgets

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]



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  1. zer0

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    controlling the experience

    apple always follows this route; it makes slow a steady progress making sure each step isn't going to compromise the experience. The cons are you don't get everything instantly, the pros are when they do arrive, they are stable and scaleable solutions - you can't have it both ways.

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  1. wrenchy

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    Looks like...



    ...an Android knockoff.



    Drroid!

    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. ASathin8R

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    Umm let's see dickhead (@wrenchy)

    Apple introduced Dashboard widgets in Mac OS X in 2005...tosser.

    Ummm, and iOS, is a variant of Mac OS X...so, I really think you need to seek medical treatment, urgently.

  1. spyintheskyuk

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    +10

    Blah, blah, blah

    Blindness is unfortunately often a mental state Im afraid and usually the physical incarnation of ignorance and fear. But at least he managed to actually send it from his Android device which is a novelty in itself.

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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    lol

    iOS5 (Android 1.6)

    - Sent from my iOS7 device

  1. wrenchy

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    HAHAHA Clarence


    I've got more down votes than you. Beat that!


    Drroid!

    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. facebook_Terrin

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    Congrats

    With all the misery you must be experiencing with that cheap plastic glued together Android phone (try not to drop it), you can use a small victory.

  1. facebook_John

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    +1

    far from ideal

    Doesn't replace widgets as you can only effectively add a few small ones without overloading your notification area.
    even then the app store will probably reject them.

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