This has already been posted in the iOS 8 forum but I felt like this subforum would also find it interesting. http://al.cromulentlabs.com/thanks/ Launcher (click for screenshot) was a Notification Center widget that allowed the user to add any app or intent as a Notification Center widget. It was remarkably useful and got quite popular. Suddenly, Apple decided that launching of other apps via a widget is forbidden, and gave the developer precious few days before having Launcher pulled. Why did Apple do this? Since Apple have allowed Launch Center Pro (which does the exact same thing but not in widget form), my guess is that it's either because they don't want to make it too conveniant to use competing services (such as Google Maps or a Beats Music competitor), or because they implemented or are planning to implement it in iOS 9 and don't want anybody releasing a competing product. Both reasons can be summed up as "anti-competitive behavior" and show how irrelevant Apple's walled-garden approach is becoming.