Apple is about to force the removal of yet another Notification Center widget from the App Store, this time saying the Today view is for information presentation only and not buttons.

The Drafts 4 app, which contains the widget in question, once enabled users of the app to create new documents by simply pressing a button in Notification Center to launch the text editor app. Not anymore, says Tim Cook and Co. 

Even though the app had already been through Apple’s approval process and downloaded by users, Apple contacted Drafts’ developer Greg Pierce, saying he must re-submit the app without the buttons to create drafts or open the app. If not, the app will be removed from the App Store. Not to worry, Pierce says he’s already submitted an updated version.

This isn’t the first time Apple has threatened the removal of a Notification Center widget. Previously Launcher was removed for a “misuse of widgets” –  it also had buttons. Furthermore, the pCalc widget was removed until Apple decided it would allow calculator apps in the Notification Center. Confusing, we know.

It’s not necessarily frustrating Apple has rules – every developer knows this. It’s that Apple is changing it’s mind on apps that have already been through the approval process.

[Image via MacRumors]

  • Troy Schuler

    Great! So now the “Open new entry” button will be removed for Day One and the “Let’s get started” button will get removed too in the Endomondo app? Sounds like inconsistencies.

    • And Evernote. And more than half of other apps that provide widgets.

      Apple to developers: Just gonna let you do all the work, approve the update and feature your app, then out of nowhere shut you down just because. Actually we were just kidding when we said you could make widgets for iOS 8. BEST PRANK EVER LOL!

  • Eni

    Smth weird is happening with my phone lol, I opened the podcast link of jeff within the twitter app and wile waiting for the podcast to load it take some time an decided to close it but in that moment the podcast started to play, and i was able to listen to the podcast even if I killed all the apps. weird huh

  • mahe

    It all depends on how good the sex was the day before …

  • Straightshoota

    Umm buzzfeed use them all the time.

  • Andrew

    So it’s fine if the Evernote widget does basically the exact same thing? B.S. if you ask me.

  • Ian Leon

    I think there’s some kind of secret rule that we don’t know about. And it’ll make more sense going forward

  • Ian Leon

    I love the featured image lol

  • AnArcticMonkey

    I don’t think Apple knows what a “widget” is.

  • NeftyCorrea

    Why did Apple bring widgets to the notification center if developers can’t even custom them there own way ! No wonder Why we JAILBREAK! Apple step up your game

  • Lou

    The Apple Human Interface guidelines are pretty clear that the primary purpose of a Today widget is to provide content, and only secondarily to open the app.


    Giving users a way to open your app from your Today widget can work well, but it’s essential that you continue to provide useful, timely information in the widget. People may not appreciate a Today widget whose only function is to launch your app.

  • Antzboogie

    Wow let me find out Apple doesn’t know what a Widget is. Lol Thank you for the Jailbreak TaiG and Pangu you make my iPhone 6 Plus what it should be and push it to its fullest potential!!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Whatever happened to those Facebook interactive notifications Apple showed off at WWDC? Is the Ebay widget they showed off there? I feel like Apple is showing off things and then these things arent being released just like the boys talked about in one of last weeks podcasts.

  • nonchalont

    Eventually Apple will change their mind in ios XV

  • OddFT

    Why allow developers access to create “widgets”.

  • New to iOS 10: You can now have buttons on your widgets!