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  • iGizmoz Works Around Jailbreak to Add Widgets to Your iPhone

    A new application approved for the App Store brings widgets to the iPhone, circumventing the need to first jailbreak it.

    Yes, indeed, iGizmoz has earned Apple's stamp of approval. Why? For obvious reasons. While there are already a few high-profile apps like Cydget and SmartScreen that enable one to set up widgets on the iPhone, that process is only made possible by jailbreaking the device.

    You can understand why Apple is seemingly gung-ho about iGizmoz, although its unlikely anyone is going to regret having jailbroken their iPhones because of this $0.99 application's arrival.

    According to a write up and review by AIS:

    The widgets can be freely arranged on the scrollable screen. Once a widget has been added to the main screen, it can be double tapped and customized. You can also change the background image of the main screen choosing from the images provided or choosing an image from your Photo Library.
    The eleven customizable widgets include:

    * Calendar
    * Countdown
    * Flashlight
    * Search tool
    * Slideshow
    * Speed dial
    * Sticky notes
    * Stopwatch
    * Swinging creature
    * Tic tac toe game
    * World clock

    The only drawback I see in this app is that it is an app and will not work on your lockscreen or springboard unlike Quickwidgets, Smartscreen, or Cydgets. Itís a great app but I wish this could be used in a similar manner to the jailbroken apps.
    Going out on a limb here, but it seems that if Apple hopes to "convince" iPhone owners that jailbreaking isn't the way to go in light of new applications like iGizmoz and other forthcoming developments, it would appear - at least to me - that such a plan would backfire and actually inspire more people who never even seriously considered jailbreaking their iPhone to now actually do so.

    iGizmoz is now available for download.

    Image via AIS
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iGizmoz Works Around Jailbreak to Add Widgets to Your iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      wow nice but our jailbreak stuff is still better
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      yea i was just about to say that. we have it on more handy places like lockscreen instead of pressin an app
    1. blind56's Avatar
      blind56 -
      Sorry to sound kinda nitpicky, but shouldn't the link to the app be to the MMI appstore link?
      Just sayin'.

      On a more related note, I concur with the other posters, the jailbreak stuff looks wayy better with more functionality.
      But I'm curious, doesn't this app somehow break Apple's iPhone API or something?
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Not if everything you do is in application. It does absolutely nothing to the springboard or lockscreen, its all inside the application.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      i agree. itll have its limitations due to apple not allowing lockscreen capabilities in apps
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Apple don't allow apps to do anything outside the app itself so it kind of sucks.
    1. anthem13's Avatar
      anthem13 -
      I don't think people jailbreak just for the right to customize there interface .
    1. drumstyx's Avatar
      drumstyx -
      Quote Originally Posted by anthem13 View Post
      I don't think people jailbreak just for the right to customize there interface .
      It's part of the reason I do. Most people that pay to get it done, are looking for the unlock, and maybe the use of some less than sanctioned "appstores" if you know what I mean. Most people that do it themselves, are likely to use customizing apps.
    1. goodgod2's Avatar
      goodgod2 -
      it pretty cool for a dollar i think...for some people that dont want to jailbreak.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      I agree with the majority of the posters. Jailbroken phones have more options for customization, along with the other useful apps that actually do something.
      Review of the widgets is pretty limited and does not provide any of the enhancements that jailbreaking does.

      Nice try by Apple, but they will have to come up with a lot of other stuff to even compete with JB apps.
      IMHO I do not think this will happen.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      quick widgets is by far better. i like having it on the lock screen and it looks better. i would prefer more widgets for quickwidgets though. hopefully the final release will fix certain issues and add more widgets.
    1. GhStRdR2k's Avatar
      GhStRdR2k -
      I think that jailbreaking is the way to go. Its really easy to do and to undo. Plus there are alot of useful tweaks and addons that should be included into the OFW of the iphone. The only reason I did mine was that I knew I could just restore if need be. Ever since I did it I have had no reason to revert back to the OFW.
    1. fidosam's Avatar
      fidosam -
      ^ I agree with you! Jailbreaking the phone makes it so much better in every-way!
    1. snoozkewl's Avatar
      snoozkewl -
      Oh Apple, you're like that stubborn kid who takes his ball to go home when other kids don't play by your rules.
    1. djgunner's Avatar
      djgunner -
      Quote Originally Posted by anthem13 View Post
      I don't think people jailbreak just for the right to customize there interface .
      It's the main reason I do it actually.. the jb iphone is so much fun to mod the ui / look / feel / etc...
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      My iGizmoz is not working since one week. I still could not sort out the main problem. Let me know if there is any solution for this. If not, then I think I have to download it again.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      yea i like the functionality of the jailbreak widgets better, if you can use it on your lockscreen whats the point of having it, its basically another lockscreen picture
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Folks 85% of iphones are not jailbroken and this is what they are looking for. It has nothing to do with YOU, jailbreaker. This app will be #1 all day long in the app store. The talented SOB that did this is gonna be rolling in more money than he can stuff into a stadium.