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  • Awesome New iOS Concept Makes Widgets Out of App Icons


    Most of us can agree that iOS could be made so much better than it already is; that’s saying a lot considering that iOS is already so nice. One concept maker by the name of Max Rudberg has made public another one of his genius iOS concepts that he thinks would make iOS a better operating system to use.

    The concept involves interactive home screen icons that could be expanded into widgets of many sizes. You would put the iPhone into ‘jiggle’ mode as if you were you delete or move icons and a green button would appear along with the black X button. The green button can be tapped once for a small widget and tapped again to expand the size of the widget. When a widget is displayed, the application icon sits at the bottom left of the widget.

    The widgets would be allowing the home screen to take full advantage of the iPhone 5’s taller home screen canvas and the already-great iPad home screen canvas. Applications like Settings would allow you to toggle common system services when the widget is enabled, while Clocks would allow you to manage your alarms while the widget is enabled. The video also demonstrates that you could use an E-mail widget to have a quick-view of your inbox. Widgets are also shown for the Reminders app, Phone app, and Messages app.

    The concept comes off as very clean and well implemented. You can see how as the application icons are expanded into widgets that the application icons surrounding the app being expanded just fluidly move around in order to make room for the widget.

    It doesn’t seem likely that Apple would include a feature like this in iOS, but it certainly would provide faster access to our iPhones’ information. Jailbreak tweaks can be used to place widgets on our home screen, but they’re not quite as advanced as this.

    What do you think about the concept and would you enjoy using it?

    Sources: Max Rudberg via TheNextWeb
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Awesome New iOS Concept Makes Widgets Out of App Icons started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. xzero's Avatar
      xzero -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      Used ram does not equate to battery life. Lol. Ram is only storage that's like saying the more you have stored in your camera roll the worse the battery life.

      Active processes is what use battery life, things that actually cause the processor to work. Ram is merely there to help the processor have to think less. The less it has to think the better off it is.

      I would argue that the less ram you have the better battery life. Because your phone is actually working less.
      This is what I mean. these widgets would cause more ram to be used so battery life would decrease faster. you just said it in a more clear way.
    1. The_Durben's Avatar
      The_Durben -
      To answer the question on the first post, of course I would enjoy using it.
      Only to an extent though. To be able to customize the widgets is key to it taking off.
      If you can't "theme" it and make it your own widget it will just look out of place on most of our phones as a large majority of us run a theme in full or to an extent.

      As a concept it's nice. Needs to be set out and explained kind of what eldwin did with iWidget tweak so that user mods can be completed. (if even possible by any of us as these look more like apps and not widgets. A whole different ball game when it comes to writing scripts for other functions)

      Interesting work none the less
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by xzero View Post
      This is what I mean. these widgets would cause more ram to be used so battery life would decrease faster. you just said it in a more clear way.
      Don't think you fully understand. Used ram for not do anything to your batter. Active processes do. The reason widgets use battery is because they are always running. From this concept the information the widget uses is merely what the information the program has. So once it gets this info it's cached into memory to save battery.

      Quote Originally Posted by BIMPtacular View Post
      Technically I never said they would claim it, rather that their loyal followers would claim it for them. I would have to argue that this concept is far from unique and that it is literally an Android Widget using the exact iconography of the re-sizing process for WP8 live tiles. Believe what you like, as it matters not to me.



      RAM is constantly being accessed and values being replaced by active processes, even those running in the background. RAM is not "only storage", it is volatile, and only maintains it's memory while being supplied with power. Are you suggesting that the when the processor has to request data across the BUS that it is free with concerns to battery life? Certainly not. The more you thrash the RAM with you active processes the more it will cost in battery life because it costs CPU cycles to store and retrieve data from the RAM, and only "used RAM" can be thrashed, so in effect the amount of RAM being used can directly effect the battery life.

      That being said, it also depends on the programmer's ability to effectively use the RAM and proper caching techniques.
      My point by my post is that use of ram does not mean use of battery. When I check my memory usage on my iPad with 1 gig of ram. I have 70 free and 780 wired and the rest is active.

      The reason ram always will run low on iOS is because apps your not in will cache it's last state when you close out. There for not actively using any processing power. The amount of battery power it takes to power ram is far less than your phone having to fresh boot applications every time rather than starting from a cached point.

      Always clearing your memory is counter productive to why memory exists.

      Anyway this is my understanding and I'm in no way a computer scientist. Lol. But just get tired of people focusing on ram draining battery. Ram does not drain battery. Poorly written apps drain battery
    1. Mariousmc's Avatar
      Mariousmc -
      One day the YouTube links will work on the iPhone right?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This has been said, but this is basically Windows Phone 8 with some added functionality. And there is nothing wrong with that. Microsoft did a phenomenal job this time around. Props to them. As a recent WP8 convert, I hope we get something like this on iOS. Not holding my breath about it being officially implemented by Apple though, unless it is somehow achieved in a wildly different way.
    1. kyle_'s Avatar
      kyle_ -
      Ya, that's is awesome. Needs to be happen.
    1. sharp2G's Avatar
      sharp2G -
      If Apple doesn't want to become like RIM in the future, please HIRE some of these jailbreak tweakers like this one. You have no idea what innovation they can bring to the table and as of right now, most of them have more potential then Apple's entire software development team.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by sharp2G View Post
      If Apple doesn't want to become like RIM in the future, please HIRE some of these jailbreak tweakers like this one. You have no idea what innovation they can bring to the table and as of right now, most of them have more potential then Apple's entire software development team.
      +1000
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Remember, this isn't a jailbreak tweak. It's a graphical concept invented for either Apple or the jailbreak community to spring off of.

      No one actually knows yet what Jonathan Ive might do to change iOS. There is a chance iOS could become much different in the future. If we're lucky, we might even see something similar.
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mariousmc View Post
      One day the YouTube links will work on the iPhone right?
      they already do. download the youtube app and they work just fine.
    1. favori's Avatar
      favori -
      very nice need to be