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  • Apple hints at third-party iOS 5 Widgets in Patent



    Fresh off the news that Apple has been awarded a patent on multi-touch devices, Apple has now been awarded yet another patent that directly points to third-party widgets to be built in iOS 5's new notification center.

    For anyone keeping up with the jailbreak community, this comes at no surprise at all. Many developers have already debuted Proof-of-Concept widgets on jailbroken iOS 5 devices. UISettings, SpringPrefs, and Music Center have all been created in the short time sine the iOS 5 betas became available. This new information makes it pretty clear that Apple will most likely allow these widgets into the App Store (maybe even its own section).

    The patent indicates that allowing such widgets could be as simple as Apple enabling certain public APIs, including the "Widget Creator Module," which I would assume does, well, exactly what it says it does- helps devs create widgets. As the beta builds of iOS 5 increase, we'll be sure to keep our eye out for any changes that allow extra widgets without the need for a jailbreak.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple hints at third-party iOS 5 Widgets in Patent started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      Apple would never allow 3rd party improvements to its IOS or features, it makes them look bad because 3rd party developers, such as the jailbreaking community, do alot better job then apple ever could.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Yeah I find this hard to believe but if it is true then apples strick policy would reject anything worth while anyway
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Why not? They allow third party add-ons for safari, and apps in the AppStore. This could potentially bring them some more money, and fresh ideas for future updates. By keeping the widgets in the Notification Center, it will let Apple test stability an compatibility before it's released to the users. I think it's a great idea.
    1. SkyMuffin's Avatar
      SkyMuffin -
      Quote Originally Posted by bry2k2 View Post
      Apple would never allow 3rd party improvements to its IOS or features, it makes them look bad because 3rd party developers, such as the jailbreaking community, do alot better job then apple ever could.
      They kind of already did when they hired the guy who did MobileNotifier.
    1. itzthestoff's Avatar
      itzthestoff -
      Quote Originally Posted by SkyMuffin View Post
      They kind of already did when they hired the guy who did MobileNotifier.
      Yes but it won't be a third party thing since Apple is making it built in. SBut hey at least this guy is getting credit for what he made, right?