Widgets are now available in iOS 8. This is a big step for Apple and for users. Many could reply “Android had widgets years ago!”, and they’re right. No doubt that Apple this time was a step back. However, maybe Apple has decided to wait just to better understand how widgets could work on iOS.
Create a widget is not easy. It needs to access the data of an app, even if the app is close, and it’s not so easy in terms of security (and of course battery life). Said that, I believe that Apple has waited so much to study a safe way to make widgets work. This is exactly the reason why iOS8 is a huge update in Apple history, even if many of you may have said “iOS 8 is like iOS 7!”. It’s not true. I cal iOS 8 a nerdy update. In fact this OS allows apps to comunicate each other and it’s not so common in Apple iOS history. Finally apps can share data in a safe way and simplify your daily use of the iPhone (or iPad or iPod).
Now, I’m starting to get widget addicted, noticing how a good use of widgets is cool. I’m not that kind of person that use tons of widgets at once, I don’t like to have my Notification Center full of useless information wasting space. Here’s a list of the widgets I’m using now:
- Traffic conditions
- Day One
- Tomorrow recap
I’m waiting for some apps to be updated and add widgets too, as Fantastical, but I know that many are already working on it. I’m sure in future many developers will create gorgeous widgets and will amaze users in many ways that we don’t even imagine today.