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11-01-2012, 08:36 PM #1
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
11-01-2012, 08:38 PM #2
11-01-2012, 08:39 PM #3
Yes I would!!!
11-01-2012, 08:53 PM #4Wow
I gotta say, i've been quite bored of the tweaks lately, however that would be AMAZING!
11-01-2012, 08:53 PM #5
Reminds me of windows phone 8 but with more functionality. That would be awseome if it ever became anything more than a concept
11-01-2012, 09:11 PM #6
I'll stick with Windows Phone 8.
11-01-2012, 09:30 PM #7
11-01-2012, 09:40 PM #8
if apple doesn't do it, can a jailbreaker do?
11-01-2012, 09:43 PM #9
Am I the only one who thinks its not quite like windows phone 8?
11-01-2012, 10:00 PM #10
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11-01-2012, 10:16 PM #11
11-01-2012, 10:30 PM #12
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11-01-2012, 10:51 PM #14
It is really sweet! Has lots of potential!!
11-01-2012, 10:56 PM #15
I only ever come to this site to read news nowadays, but had to post for this.
This concept is AMAZING. Apple will never implement anything useful, so hopefully I can look forward to seeing something like this on Cydia, eventually.
11-01-2012, 11:09 PM #16
This is not possible on a jailbroken device. Widgets can't access apps from the springboard.Widget-Weather App Now Available! Also with MyLocation Support!
Check out the thread here - Widget-Weather
To install the Widget-Weather app, just go to Cydia and install. This will also remove MyLocation, as it is built in!
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11-01-2012, 11:32 PM #17
I think I'll try to start work on this when I get some better development tools, and after I get my current app where I want it to be.
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11-02-2012, 02:25 AM #18
Looks great in the video but if its mixed in with a bunch of other apps in wiggle mode you could easily uninstall something by accident.
11-02-2012, 02:38 AM #19
11-02-2012, 02:55 AM #20
This is a great concept! I hope, with the departure of Forstall, that iOS will see some UI changes in the future similar to this and also other more ambitious / efficient ideas. I'm excited for the future of iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8!