Launcher 1.1 for iOS iPhone screenshot 001

Launcher, a tremendously useful iOS application by Greg Gardner for creating app, web and contact shortcuts available from a widget inside the Notification Center, is now back on the App Store following a six-month hiatus. The update is still propagating and it should hit all App Stores worldwide in the coming hours.

The original app was short-lived.

Following its App Store debut on September 17 of last year, the day iOS 8 was released, Apple removed Launcher just a week later citing a misuse of widget functionality.

Thankfully, the re-released app continues to offer the same features like its predecessor, indicating Apple may have softened its stance on launching other apps via the Today view of iOS 8’s Notification Center.

In addition to bug fixes and simplified layout, Launcher 1.1 has gained ability to choose a contact for WhatsApp, decrease size of the launchers and hide labels, the latter two available to Pro users only.

They’ve removed the Sponsored launcher in the free version and Pro users will notice that Sponsored Apps is no longer to be found in Apps list. Another change: Facebook and Twitter buttons are no longer accessible in the app’s main view.

Gardner told MacStories’ Federico Viticci that Apple’s review team eventually encouraged him to resubmit the software as it “had decided to accept that kind of app-launching functionality.”

“I’m wondering if they never did that because maybe they knew that they were going to revisit this decision at a later time and may reverse it”, Gardner said.

For those still unfamiliar with Launcher, the app lets you accomplish more on your iPhone and iPad by putting the most frequently used tasks at your fingertips. Each launcher can be customized with many different icon choices to stand out from those you don’t use often.

In addition to creating custom shortcuts and using its Notification Center widget as an app-launcher of sorts, Launcher lets you easily create other types of shortcuts to call your spouse, message your friend, find directions home and more.

And if you’re familiar with the URL scheme system, you can pretty much create Today widget buttons for specific app actions and chain them together. Launcher even automatically creates launchers for the people most important to you and your most frequently used apps.

Built-in shortcuts include actions to call, message, email and FaceTime cherry-picked contacts, get directions and search for places and points of interest around your current location, as well as shortcuts to websites and those that invoke specific actions within supported apps.

For instance, you could create a Launcher button to send a Yo, load a specific page on Facebook, send a canned email message, tweet, run Workflows and more.

Even though “thousands of apps” have Launcher shortcuts, not all can be supported. “Only certain apps that can be launched by third party apps are supported,” with more being added every day, Gardner explains.

Launcher 1.1 for iOS iPhone screenshot 002

Fortunately, users have the freedom to create custom launchers for apps and actions that aren’t yet supported via URL schemes.

Launcher is available at no cost.

A one-time $4.99 Pro in-app upgrade is available for those who wish to unlock the ability to change the icon sizes and hide labels to make the widget more compact.

Launcher is currently propagating through Apple’s servers and will be available for download through US App Store later today at this link.

  • Waleed

    not available in US Store 🙁

    • Chocolope Jailbreakush

      DAMNIT!

    • Jonathan

      If you read the whole thing, you would have seen this

      Launcher is currently PROPAGATING through Apple’s servers and will be available for download through US App Store LATER TODAY at this link.

    • al7oot

      check again it’s there I already donwloaded it

    • Byron C Mayes

      It’s there now.

  • Item no longer available.

    • Merman123

      Yup…

      • Jailbrkr21

        Just got the same problem in the UK App Store

      • andyr354

        This will fix itself as the app propagates. See their twitter feed for more info.

      • Merman123

        Yeah it’s live now.

  • m13

    I am expecting it will be on like donkey kong at midnight EST.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Its back babe

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    For some people having issues. Delete app and redownload.

  • Gerardo Camino

    Says “no longer avaiable”…

    • gittlopctbi

      I downloaded it last evening. You can get it now.

  • Francis Lapeyre

    “This item is no longer available.”

    Apple must have had a change of heart.

    • gittlopctbi

      I downloaded it last evening. Get it.

      • Francis Lapeyre

        Got it.

  • David Williams

    The link works now! Go and get it.

  • This just shows how ready for change iOS users are. I’m not saying come to Android, as I don’t trust Google at all, but it is a superior OS. I can’t LIVE without widgets! Here’s why (as if anyone cares to read this far b4 trashing me :P) : Clock, yes I love my analog clocks, animated HD weather, and calendar. Second page is all work, I got my MS One Note notebooks synced instantly with my PC, and they appear in a scrollable little unmovable window, stacking as I edit them on the phone, tho besides the super useful widgets for One Note, iOS version is far superior almost desktop like. This isn’t true for many other apps I use. Also, beside it is another scroller of my sticky notes or Google Keep, which is also on my desktop, so I got all my notes and lists, ideas and plans, customers, accessible from a single page on home screen, as well as widgets to direct access to OneDrive folders I want. Next page features the widgets for my books. It’s stacked like cards, very visual of what I’m reading. The music player with controls, most used widget of mine, also launches the main app if need be, and the last page is full page selectable calendar. I’ve ignored to mention apps and folders. Without the need of launching any apps, I can directly access their content, file systems, etc. One day I’ll give windows 10 Mobile a try. But iOS needs to seriously catch up. I guess apple in spite won’t go for the widgets. Most likely because the performance of the chipsents and serious lack of RAM in iPhones and iPad’s wouldn’t even allow widgets, at least not with significant lag. If any iUser decides to try out an Android, I strongly recommend HTC. It’s the only company that optimizes their devices at par with Apple and iPhones, for silky smooth even faster animations, + the many advancements of Android over iOS that require more power. I use iPad’s, but mostly for streaming my PC. I feel suffocated in the iOS itself. Need change now. Checkout Apple Watch, it destroys Android Wear, let’s see some more iOS news like this! I hope.