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picture from hansdorsch I heard a rumor today that Apple is shortly going to allow third-party applications on the iPhone. They won’t be full applications, however: they’ll be Desktop Widgets....
10-12-2007, 03:16 PM #1
Apple Approved Dashboard Widgets Coming to the iPhone?
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I heard a rumor today that Apple is shortly going to allow third-party applications on the iPhone. They won’t be full applications, however: they’ll be Desktop Widgets.
You will soon be able to drag Dashboard Widget into iTunes, and they’ll sync with the iPhone, the source said.
But the source did say that Apple hasn’t released iPhone widgets yet because Java has proven to be a major draw on battery power. Presumably, Apple has figured out how to tackle this problem. How? Again, the source didn’t say.
Unfortunately, this is all I know. I promised not to reveal the source of the rumor, but they’re well-placed. This is coming from just one source, via a third-person, so I’m only 70 percent confident it’s true. When I worked at MacWeek, we’d never publish rumors as news until it had been confirmed by at least three separate sources.
However, the redoubtable Glenn Fleischman reports for TidBits that Apple is getting near to making third-party applications available for the iPhone. Glenn has no details, but suggests the release is imminent.
source is cultofmac
10-12-2007, 03:23 PM #2
So no Windows support?
I don't really see how this is different then web apps...
Maybe this is a good step though?
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10-12-2007, 03:46 PM #3
as I understand it, these would be "iPhone Widgets", not dashboard widgets.
You can download either through itunes or separately, but need itunes to sync them. they get added to a "Widget" section of the iPhone and run NATIVELY, not via the web! So this is great news! Native applications that run smoothly, even without web connection, and can be accessed from the spring board (or more likely from a "Widget" screen off the springboard).
We will see, this sounds promising, and was lacking from the start.
10-12-2007, 04:16 PM #4
that's cool in a way, but kinda bad also lol, because there would be the potential for thousands of these to be made, and only a percentage of them unique.
i know i could certainly write quite a few nice little widgets ^_^Peter: "Brian! There's a message in my alphabits! It says 'OOOOOOOOO'!!!!!"
Brian: "Peter...those are Cheerios."
Moving Applications into the Media Partition to get more space for third party apps
10-12-2007, 04:54 PM #5
The only real advantage of the widget approach versus the apple.com/webapps type of apps is they will be designed to work offline. That's nice, but certainly doesn't address the number of other issues.
For example -- the #1 reason I can't leave my unlocked iPhone is because of the terminal with SSH client. All of the web-based approaches to this suck. No good way around it, a native terminal with ssh client is the way to go for that one. Please apple, you promised developers access to the iPhone. Webapps and widgets are /not/ good enough. Do yourselves, developers, and your customers a favor and open up.
10-12-2007, 05:05 PM #6
Yea, Java and Java Script are two completely different languages with no relationship to each other. If the widgets use JS, then a port of Java is unnecessary.
There have been so many conflicting rumors of 3rd part apps lately that I don't know what to believe, perhaps I'll wait until they announce something before I start allocating money for my software purchases.
10-12-2007, 05:43 PM #7
ok well we will see Think Different
10-12-2007, 06:08 PM #8hold up...
It makes no sense.
Wanna know what I'll do if Apple, after trying to oust our apps, tries to create a system whereby they "certify" existing apps and SELL them?
I'll walk into my local Apple Store, ask for the Lead Genius, and bludgeon him to death with my iPhone.
Then I'll buy a Nokia.
10-12-2007, 06:18 PM #9
I got burned by getting enthusiastic about Apples WebApps.
I'm thinking this rumor gets embellished each time it changes hands. Therefore, I appreciate the rumor, but will take the wait and see approach.
10-12-2007, 08:01 PM #10
wouldnt this make it hella easy for people just to wright their widgets but put more stuf in aka make apps and there would be no reason for a jailbreak that would be so tite
10-12-2007, 10:47 PM #11
Oooh.. an official AIM widget.. wake me up when something fun comes along.
Oh, and hi, first time poster!
10-13-2007, 10:19 AM #12
You're still going to have to learn the framework in which you code "widgets" for the iPhone which is going to be a learning curve anyway. Why not spend that learning on something that gives you REAL power.
as for iPhone widgets, I see it the same way as web apps. Apple is not going to make any of the devs happy until they just drop this "no 3rd party apps" bs completely.
this is a sign that apple is willing to budge though, which is good, but the thing I hate is that having to ***** and moan and spend like months and months and months of these games with a company just so that we can see "progress" is ridiculous.
Greed stands in the way of progress, every time. The iPhone would be a billion times better if instead of having to spend time finding how to jailbreak/decrypt/etc. we could spend the entire time writing apps.
Edit: Also I see that those widgets in the picture are running in Safari, in a remote web site, which to me poses two questions 1) how is it different than web apps and 2) what happens if gridgets.com goes down.
#2 is the biggest reason to tell Apple to take their webapps and shove them in their ears. :-)
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10-14-2007, 11:38 AM #13
10-14-2007, 05:07 PM #14
This is going to be a great update but I just hope they don't change the security on the phone, then we would need yo re hack It ifthey do
10-15-2007, 03:21 AM #15
these "widgets" will run in a dashboard that will limit them to what they can and cannot do.. so i wouldnt expect them to be able to come close to what native apps are doing.. but for games and smaller more simple things im sure its fine.
10-17-2007, 11:14 AM #16Official SDK in February
It's official. Steve Jobs has a letter posted on Apple's Hot News page announcing that an iPhone (and iPod Touch) SKD will be in developers hands in February 2008.
10-17-2007, 05:29 PM #17
Great news.... There are a few widgets I would really like to have.People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.