Dashboard Widgets Coming to iPhone?

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    CultofMac's Leander Kahney claims that Apple is going to allow developers to install Mac OS X Widgets onto the iPhone.
    As Dashboard Widgets are already Javascript/HTML elements, support on the iPhone already exists. But providing an easy installation and the ability to run outside of Safari would be welcome additions to the iPhone.

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  2. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Now this could be kind of cool. I'd love to have my dopplar radar widget, dictionary/thesaurus, and a sports scores widget, along with all kinds of games.
  3. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    This would be great. It is all I really need on my phone.
  4. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
  5. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    Kick ass! I bet this comes with leopard. I CANT WAIT!!!
  6. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I think so too... after all Safari 3 allows for the user to create widgets from a web-page on the fly:

  7. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Dictionary and Thesuarus and the Simpsons Quote Widget!


    (yah I get amused easily.)
  8. honeytoast macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2004
    bay area, CA
    This is one of the reasons i think dashcode was created. Imagine when they announce this and all of the thousands of widgets that are already out there simply copy right over during sync. They can't make this a Leopard only feature though, with all the windows iPhone users. I am a mac user but my iPhone is synced to my windows pc due to my imac not having usb 2.0 (i know i need to upgrade).
  9. craigverse macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2006
    Reno, NV
  10. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I'm also almost sure that Dashboard Widgets will be the eventual solution to 3rd party apps. The names will also be nicely differentiated: web apps vs. widgets.

    But this part of the original article betrays a serious misunderstanding of technology:

    "To run on the iPhone and provide interactivity, they’ll require JavaScript, which means the iPhone will shortly get a Java update. When? The source didn’t say.

    But the source did say that Apple hasn’t released iPhone widgets yet because Java has proven to be a major draw on battery power. "

    Repeat after me: Java has nothing to do with JavaScript. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. They're about as related as HTML and DirectX.

    There is no need to install a JVM on iPhone to get Widgets to run. Apple is done with Java.

    P.S. I see the blog is filled with comments saying the same... still, it can't seem to be said enough times...!
  11. Mr. Zorg macrumors regular

    Mr. Zorg

    Sep 5, 2007
    True that. But I'd still LOVE to be able to run MIDP/CDLC applets on the iPhone. That'd be sweet.

    EDIT: Oh, and flash... So we can get all those nifty PopCap games. :)
  12. iJawn108 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2006
    Ohhh if that's the case I will def pick up leopard.:D
  13. bdj21ya macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    This would be awesome. One of my biggest complaints about the idea of developping apps in Safari is the obnoxiousness of not being able to get rid of that #@&% navigation bar. Space is tight enough without the bar.
  14. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Just be sure to allow non-Internet ones to be installed and NOT require any download. And watch the games and apps multiply :)
  15. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    Well widgets are an OSX thing arent they?
  16. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    And add the rumored off line data storage addition to safari....

    A pretty good solution... (not native but until we do have an SDK)
  17. alywa macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    This is exactly what I've been hoping to do. Add in Leopard's "Widget Builder", and I could easily make my own.

    I really, really, really want a sports score widget (customizable for my teams / sports)... this should be easy to do.

    Come on Apple! Make it happen!
  18. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    This is a better solution than webapps, but not as good as real apps.

    Windows users should be able to install these with iTunes without problems. No reason they have to actually run on the client computer to be installed to the iPhone.
  19. zombitronic macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    Yes! Yes! This is what I have been posting all along!

    Maybe this will silence some of those WebApp haters.
  20. zombitronic macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    Exactly. They wouldn't have to be able to run on the client computer to run on the iPhone. You can download a Widget without installing it on your computer. Just like you can download a Widget onto a Windows box and install it on a Mac over a network. Although, that would seem a bit redundant...
  21. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    That is an awesome idea! Still not a real SDK, but we're getting there.
  22. megfilmworks macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    Now we're talking. Widgets are great mini apps and if I can use the ones I already like, then I will be very happy!! Goodbye to the pretenders.
  23. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Wow! Widgets on the iPhone/iPod touch sound really cool! There's already thousands of widgets and it would kick butt to see them on the iPod touch!
  24. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    But with Safari for Windows coming out around the same time as Leopard Apple could make them run in Safari so that Windows users could test them out without putting them on their phones first. (Just a guess) And possibly do a widget clipping with the PC Safari too...
  25. yoman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/3A109a Safari/419.3)

    I truly hope this is true. The amount of widgets out there are substantial. It would help us all during the transition period to native apps.

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