ios 8 widgets

Moving along with Apple’s iOS 8 portion of its WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi just introduced widgets. Like the stock widgets we’ve seen before, iOS 8’s widgets will appear in the Notification Center and offer quick information for apps at a glance…

ios 8 add widget

The new feature actually looks a lot like the Notification Center widgets we’ve seen pop up in the jailbreak community over the past few years.

  • Cameron Nelms

    Yaaaaass. Finally.
    But not exactly what we wanted, eh?

    • Tony

      Yeah I’m wondering if they will be available on the lockscreen too, not just the notification center because I hardly use that. But if I could see these things on my lockscreen that would be perfect for me.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        These widgets will absolutely be available from the lock screen. Consider that they are apart of the notification center, more specifically the “Today Stream”. With that reasoning, and with the fact the notification center including “Today Stream” can be accessed from the lock screen, these widgets will absolutely be available from there too. Of course you can also restrict access to certain parts of the notification center or notification center all together, too.

    • regkilla

      wtf is yaaass? Write in english.

      • Cameron Nelms

        *Yes. Finally.
        But not exactly what we wanted, eh?

  • VWH

    Another jailbreak killer!

  • Rowan09

    I think Apple has a jailbroken device for its additions and I welcome them. I would love to see swipe selection.

    • Dave

      should include that feature in future ios8 betas and the gm..

    • Brwctyhrdkor

      Out of the few tweaks I jailbreak for…swipe selection is 2nd to none

  • eyeseeyou

    Should’ve used the “missed notifications” column but finally!

    • Joseph A. Ahmad

      While I agree with you, another part of me also tells me that three different tabs may not be as streamlined an experience as one may experience with what Apple has released. But I definitely see your point, absolutely.

  • ic0dex

    Like I said no need to Jailbreak anymore not unless you want to steal music, movies or games. I don’t see anything that is useful in Cydia its just cluttered with crap.

    • Dave

      I agree. It’s not only crap, it’s just that most stuff isn’t needed anymore. Even quick reply is now integrated in iOS. But that’s good; I prefer having all those nice features in iOS without jailbreaking, also because they’re implemented better when apple does it (in my opinion).

    • Perpetuating this lie that jailbreak = theft is disgusting and frankly shows you’ve got no idea what you’re talking about. If you don’t see anything useful, maybe you should start reading Jeff Benjamin’s posts.

      • ic0dex

        Please tell me what is use full in Cydia and you use and a day to day basis? Nothing!!!! Every tweak that is being released is just a work around feature of a feature that is already backed into iOS. Like swipe right to left on task bar so messaging!!! Why just click on messaging.

        It seams like you’re new to Jail tracking and I’ve been doing this from day one. Back then we saw true tweaks things that iOS did not have but now they’re making the same crap over and over and pricing it like it’s this great tweak they developed.

        I’m on iOS 7.0.4 and my iPhone 5S crashes 2-3 times a day. For the new kids on the block I see how this is fun for you.

      • regkilla

        Oh shut up already.

      • LockInfo, Activator, Grabby, WinterBoard, etc. Just stop dude, you’re making a numbskull out of yourself…

      • it’s okay buddy, take a deep breath. I know this is the internet & that tells you to be angry troll, but shhh, it’ll be okay. If you’ve been doing this from day one as you claim, then you should already know the deal – jailbreaking opens you up to all kinds instability. It’s part of the life, amirite? Here’s a crazy thought – why not DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?!? figure out what’s causing your crashes & fix it. or break out the iLEX RAT and start from scratch.

        and for the record, I’ve had an iPhone since Setember ’07 so don’t assume you know shit about me. Behave yourself or get back under your bridge.

    • Joseph A. Ahmad

      I’m not sure if I can agree 100% … what about valuable tweaks like activator? I mean, that certainly isn’t crap. But I think Apple has done a great job with its implementation of features in iOS 8.

    • Viktor_Zweig

      Wtf, are you talking about? If you don’t know how to use tweaks and root access, don’t talk nonsens. How about adblocker or privacy for notifications? How about locking apps or using gestures? Or playing YouTube in the background?

      • ic0dex

        I don’t need any of that and I can guarantee you that you use all that crap ones a month. And again you seem new to Jailbreaking to I’ve been doing this since iOS 1.1.3

      • Viktor_Zweig

        Oh, really? So, let me get this straight: you show up on this blog, throw around a bunch of assumptions along with half-truth and come up with THAT conclusion?

        I could spend hours discussing and debating benefits of various jailbreak tweaks and application for each iOS iteration. But I won’t do it this time for you see, little fella, you don’t know what you don’t know.

    • Ethan

      Hello? Themes? That is still one of the most popular tweaks in the jailbreak community.

    • regkilla

      Not everybody downloads paid things for free on jailbroken devices. That was just a dumb statement.

  • deeman

    Widgets? Seems apple is begging to copy android

    • jocastro

      lol they are always copying android or jailbreak tweaks

    • ic0dex

      Get a life Andriod has a long way to go to come near iOS. I decided to use the Note 3 for a month and Andriod was that worst thing to happen to that hardware.

      • Dave

        @deeman and @jocastro: Have you ever used Android? Have you ever used iOS?

      • erod434

        Just curious what was wrong with the note 3? I have an m8 and I have had no problems.

    • ExcitedMuch

      Butt hurt android users. Now they get less and less feature to bash from now on.

    • Rowan09

      Hold on Android made widgets?

      • The same way Apple made fingerprint scanners…

      • Rowan09

        I’ve never read anyone brag about Apple making fingerprint scanners (meaning being the creator). It’s obvious besides 64bit processor Apple also wait for tech to develop, just like 3G, LTE, etc.

      • Oh, it happens all the time here on iDB; just look at the comment section when Samsung announced they’re going to add a fingerprint scanner…regarding 64-Bit, it was popularized in SmartPhone PCs by Apple, but existed before in the Huawei Ascend D Quad…

      • Rowan09

        All I’ve found is that the Huawei phone runs at 64bits not that it has a 64bit processor, but I don’t know. Come on man. Samsung did follow Apple because they are trying to get Apples fans it’s no mistery and it’s a smart move on their part. Since Apple released the fingerprint scanner they were going to do a rumored retina scanner, but they did a fingerprint scanner instead. It very obvious Apple makes the most money from smartphone sales so any company will use them to leverage themselves.

      • “Samsung did follow Apple because they are trying to get Apples fans”

        Duh! That’s competition. Same can be said here; Apple is following Android (bigger screen, more software features that have been available on Android, etc.) ’cause they’re trying to get Android fans. No need to deny it, competition is good.

        “It very obvious Apple makes the most money from smartphone sales”

        Yeah, much capitalist rip-offs…sadly, most companies want to be like them.

      • Rowan09

        Dude almost all publicly companies are capitalists, so it’s not an Apple created phenomenon. You say it’s competition but when Apple does something better like Touch ID you give no credit.

      • “Dude almost all publicly companies are capitalists”

        Being a capitalist doesn’t mean you have to sell rip-off products. Capitalism is:

        “An economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state”

        Simple. No rule of thumb stating that you have to sell something worth $200 at 4x that price…that’s a high greed factor. Selling it at $300 (like the OnePlus One) is still capitalism, but with significantly lower greed factor.

        “You say it’s competition but when Apple does something better like Touch ID”

        I give them credit for making it better, I disdain credits that it’s the only way to go (saying others are shit). I don’t see you giving credit to Samsung for the functions they made popular (eg big-screen phones, health/fitness tracker, etc.) the same way Touch ID did for fingerprint scanners.

        “Bigger screens on a phone been around way before Android,”

        So have touch-based fingerprint scanners been around way before the iPhone. What’s your point?

        “Are you saying when Apple adds on to IOS it’s because they are following Android and not just improving on the OS?”

        Yes, they’re responding to pressure from the competition, the same way the competition responds to them, which is a good thing. No need to be ignoramus acting like they came up with it out of nowhere.

        “Google is one of the worst, they sell your email, make it seem as if they are offering you a free service but anyone with half a brain knows that’s not true”

        Not denying that, totally agree. However, doesn’t mean Apple is any cleaner, check out their hypocritical history (http://bit ly/13tVo4n) and their security by obscurity practices (http://bit ly/1isZDDA).

        “Businesses are here to make money and that’s it so it’s no surprise.”

        Hence why I outright stated:

        “sadly, most companies want to be like them.”

      • Rowan09

        First off the iPhone costs around $250-$300 to make (excluding warranty), no smart business would ever sell something for less than 30% + mark up unless like Google hardware is not the driving factor. The iPhone is priced right along with premium devices like the HTC One, Samsung Galacy, etc. I’ve said it before Samsung made “phablets” and gets the credit for people wanting bigger phones, but I will not make it seem as if they were the first like most people are implying. Samsung did not make health or fitness apps popular, Nike, Fitbit, etc did so Samsung gets absolutely no credit for the area, they joined the area with their own app and that’s all they did. In regards to Touch ID being the best on all the mobile phones I’ve used and all the reviews I’ve seen, it doesn’t mean the others were shit, but they are horrible. I had a Vaio UX Micro PC with a scanner and it was horrible, so was the Atrix and I used the S5 and it’s hit and miss. You are quick to point out Apples faults but hardly ever give them credit. Apple is not perfect and neither is any huge business. You stating businesses are following Apple makes it seem as if Apple created or started something and they are just following the trend.

      • “First off the iPhone costs around $250-$300 to make (excluding warranty)”

        What’s your source to back-up that claim? Here are my sources (http://zd net/1nLlfEw | http://cnet co/1nLmbsu), even the GS5 is worth $50 more despite people bashing it for having a plastic body.

        “The iPhone is priced right along with premium devices like the HTC One, Samsung Galacy, etc.”

        Being priced right in the overpriced market isn’t right in my book; still overpriced. Unfortunately, with people like you buying them at that price, it’ll keep on going…hope the OnePlus One disrupts that market; looks and performs just as premium as the Galaxy S5, yet significantly less greed factor.

        “In regards to Touch ID being the best on all the mobile phones I’ve used and all the reviews I’ve seen, it doesn’t mean the others were shit, but they are horrible”

        Hahaha, dude, calling them horrible is just as harsh as shit…

        “I had a Vaio UX Micro PC with a scanner and it was horrible”

        I still have it in my old HP Pavilion PC, and it’s still working flawlessly today…they were right, each individual’s milage may vary. In the case of the Atrix, friend of mine had no problems with his own…so, you just had bad luck like these people who’re having bad luck with their iPhone 5S scanner (http://onforb es/1nLown4 | http://read bi/1nLozPX | http://bit ly/1nLoJqk).

      • Rowan09

        I only speak on what I’ve used and the ones I used were horrible, regardless of how you try to dance around it, it’s the best on a mobile scanner right now. You own a Surface Pro and speak of being overpriced. Every product is overpriced man that’s reality, especially in the tech space. The One Plus One phone will not change anything and if it becomes popular the price will increase. Correction the 5s costs $199-$230 to build. If you are expecting Apple or Samsung to sell it at $299 or $399 is just a joke. People are buying Gucci belts costing $800 and they have belts significantly less, but Gucci still sells at a premium.

      • “You own a Surface Pro and speak of being overpriced”

        Predictable. There’s a difference between expensive and overpriced. I’m very curious to know your definition of the latter, ’cause despite the conventional evidence I pointed out to you, you keep saying it’s overpriced…yet the iPad (http://bit ly/1oT4DtY) is reasonably priced according to you, ’cause it sells a lot.

        “The One Plus One phone will not change anything and if it becomes popular the price will increase”

        Lots of assumptions and baseless claims there…as usual.

        “If you are expecting Apple or Samsung to sell it at $299 or $399 is just a joke”

        It’ll only remain a joke with people like you proudly supporting them…when you can resist the urge to always get the latest during the year quarter it gets released, it’ll become a reality.

        “People are buying Gucci belts costing $800”

        Like they say, a fool and his money is soon parted…

      • Rowan09

        I’ve seen what you’ve written about why the Surface Pro is expensive but not overpriced. If having touch functions alone makes it about $900 base price give me a $500 laptop with touch function and I’ll be fine. Now as a tech guy I know the surface has a SSD drive but it’s still really a little bit of space for such an expensive product. I didn’t say the iPad wasn’t expensive, it is expensive but you would say overpriced. The One Plus argument is not baseless because its not the first device to sell for a cheap price. What happened to the Moto X that was suppose to change the game? Or even the Nexus? These devices will see a small amount of people buying them and then they will disappear. I just went back home to Jamaica and Samsung devices and iPhones are the only expensive smartphones being sold. The only other smartphone being used is a blackberry. People will always spend their money for convenience just like you did with the Surface Pro. Is it technically better than most touchscreen laptops, yes, but is it worth the trade-off for the cost, to you yes, but many others no. As long as I can sell my iPhone for near market value a year later which I do, I’m perfectly fine. We all work to spoil ourselves from time to time.

      • “If having touch functions alone makes it about $900 base price give me a $500 laptop with touch function and I’ll be fine”

        You’ll probably be fine with a $300 Atom Baytrail 2-in-1 ’cause you don’t seem to care about performance…yet I’m betting you’ll proudly buy a MacBook Air for the same $900…oh well.

        “I didn’t say the iPad wasn’t expensive, it is expensive but you would say overpriced”

        Yes I would ’cause a $350 Intel Atom Baytrail 2-in-1 (Transformer T100) will offer quadruple the functionality with a compromise in hardware quality. Whereas a $500 Intel Atom Baytrail 2-in-1 (Lenovo Miix 2 10) will offer quadruple the functionality with the same hardware quality.

        What’s your reason to think the iPad isn’t overpriced? Besides it having an Apple logo or the straw app excuse? FYI, that app excuse is a straw excuse ’cause majority of apps (including games, ports of websites, etc.) on the AppStore are to counter-act the fact that you don’t have a web browser with the ability to run flash content AND you can’t try an app before purchasing it (hence loads of lite and pro duplicates).

        “The One Plus argument is not baseless because its not the first device to sell for a cheap price. What happened to the Moto X that was suppose to change the game? Or even the Nexus? These devices will see a small amount of people buying them and then they will disappear.”

        Understood. The ones you pointed out were cheaper due to older internals, in the case of the OnePlus One, it’s due to no advertising fees…but only time will tell if their fate in super fans can compensate for lack of advertising.

        “People will always spend their money for convenience just like you did with the Surface Pro”

        I buy based on the bang for buck ratio compared to the competition…guess you could refer to that as convenience in that ratio’s value…

      • Rowan09

        Who lied to you about me not caring about performance? Android and IOS does not allow flash in their browsers anymore. Android use to but it wasn’t popular and not needed especially since HTML 5 is coming up, so Adobe dropped it for mobile. The iPad air costs $274-$361 the 16GB model is a about a 45% markup which is industry standard. Now the most expensive model is overpriced because it’s about 61% markup. How much does it cost to make the Surface Pro I can’t find anything on the web about the price? No advertising no sales, it won’t work for the One Plus phone. A Mac Air 13″ costs the same price as the base Surface Pro (assuming you would want a keyboard $129),but it has 2 times the amount of storage.

      • “Android and IOS does not allow flash in their browsers anymore. Android use to but it wasn’t popular and not needed especially since HTML 5 is coming up, so Adobe dropped it for mobile.”

        Wasn’t popular on the mobile platforms, doesn’t mean it’s not popular on the 2-in-1 platforms. Just saying that common app excuse is BS.

        Regarding the pricing of the iPad Air, I see your point. Good price for the base 16GB hardware, just the damn software that’s limited. Haven’t seen any Surface Pro cost for building. However, considering the internal components are similar to the MacBook Air (which costs $718 to build, http://bit ly/1nb3ivw), I would presume around $750-$800 for 128GB SSD version (higher display quality, wacom digitizer touch screen). The keyboards though, those are major ripoffs as they cost $16-$25 (for the new back-lighting) to build (http://bit ly/1nb4FdM). Funny that the iPad costs more to build than the Surface RT ($271, would presume ~$280 for the Surface 2) yet the Surface RT is more versatile…goes to show the OS is what defines majority of the functionality.

        “No advertising no sales, it won’t work for the One Plus phone.”

        They’re advertising via word of mouth from their super fans. Personally, I find that’s the most effective method of advertising; I’m more likely to buy something if recommended to me by a friend than what I see on TV here in Canada.

  • Sad

    Apple: Constantly stealing from Jailbreak Community.

    • Rowan09

      Oh boy. They get ideas from the jailbreak community, Android, etc but stealing would involve litigation.

    • Idan91

      I’d rather see them “stealing” ideas than ignoring good ones that could elevate their OS experience.

  • Frank

    This is the key element to a more robust and competitive iOS. The iOS user experience is going to be greatly enhanced with developers utilizing the new API’s to improve their apps and integrate them further with iOS. Not a “game changer” by any means, but the “semi-open iOS” mentality by Apple is certainly a welcome change!

  • Ryan

    This is something I thought Jeff would write about

  • iSupaDan

    Bye ISX 7!

  • Rifau Ibrahim

    Now Sbsetting can be released on IOS8. we can finally get widgets of 3G edge like toggles on notification center. hope developers make it happen.

  • Rifau Ibrahim

    lol widgets are same as gadgets. and it was first ever released on Mac OS. later on comes to windows and androids so on. so its not a new thing for apple and not something they have copied.

  • Max

    I’m a newer jailbreak user (about 8 months now) and have found many tweaks to be completely invaluable to my iPhone experience. There were several sore spots for me when using my iPhone, both cosmetically and with functionality. I do not steal music, apps, movies, and only jailbreak to get the features and looks I want on my phone. Sure, in the beginning there was some instability, until I learned how to troubleshoot and figure out what tweaks conflict and which are not compatible with my iOS 7.x.x. Reasons I won’t upgrade to iOS 8 until I know these work for sure or are featured within the native iOS : BiteSMS, Apptray, Activator, AsktoCall, Bigify, Biolockdown, BiteLiquid 2, Classic Dock, CloseAll, Color Keyboard, Dated, Display Recorder, f.lux, FBNoNeedMessenger, FlipControlCenter, FolderCloser, GridSwitcher, iCaughtU Pro, iKeywi, incaseof, infiniboard, infinidock, lockifypro, markasread7, messages customizer, ncallonly, ncsingletapclear, noblur, nonearme, noshuttersound, noearlier, noslowanimations, openinchrome, powersounddisabler, photo albums+, preferences organizer, ringer & tones, selective reading, status HUD 2, showcase, subtle lock, swipeselection pro, typing privacy, upsidedown, volume mixer, winterboard, 3G unrestrictor