Home Screen Widget 'Blocks' Imagined in New iOS Concept

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One of the more popular feature requests from iOS users has been live widgets for the home screen, similar to Live Tiles on Windows Phone and Widgets on Android. While there have been no specific rumors of widgets actually coming to iOS 8, a new concept from Jay Machalani (via The Verge) offers an excellent vision of how this could be implemented on iOS with the "iOS Block".

    Malachani imagines three possible sizes for Blocks, designed to take up the space of a 2x2 grid of icons on the home screen for iPhone, iPad portrait, and iPad landscape.

    Malachani goes on to outline more details on how the Blocks would be constructed with a relative uniform layout consisting of an app icon in the lower left, a tap zone along the remainder of the bottom edge where buttons could be placed, and a content zone taking up the remainder of the Block. As examples, Malachani walks through how the stock Weather, Music, Calendar, Messages, and Photos apps might look as Blocks.

    As Malachani notes, the concept is still a work in progress, as he is unsure exactly how iOS would handle moving other home screen icons to accommodate a new Block on a full home screen, as the normal method of pushing icons to the next page could be disruptive depending on how frequently Blocks are opened and closed.

    Article Link: Home Screen Widget 'Blocks' Imagined in New iOS Concept
  2. Lapidus macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    Not really a fan.
    But that's just me, don't kill me.
  3. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    Holy crap that looks terrible.....

    At least center the wording under the "block".....
  4. Populus macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
  5. Ingot macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2010
    I guess it look good. Not too sure if I would really like it though. Th pinching is a cool feature if implemented.
  6. sualpine macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2013
    Should have been this way by now. You don't go through 7 VERSIONS without changing the homescreen. And I don't mean the icons.
  7. Kid Vorpal macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2009
    This looks needlessly complicated. Not sure what this would add to the user experience.
  8. 1Zach1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    First widgets, then some sort of launcher so all the apps don't need to be on the screen/in folders taking up space?
  9. KieranDotW macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    I'd be happy to see something like this on Monday (wow, that soon?). Though the iPad version does look somewhat half-baked.
  10. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
  11. lilhobbes macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2014

    Yeah sure it doesn't look very appealing at the moment but just think of the possibilities if Apple got a hold of this! The wake up screen was awesome, and the fact that you can make your own widget was cool. Probably not very likely to happen (and probably along with split screen) but it's still fun to dream.
  12. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    I’m with you. I had this functionality on my Android phone, have it now on my Android tablet. I never use it. I understand that some people would like it, so sure, put it in. Just don’t pull a Windows 8 and try and force me to use it.
  13. okboy macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    Like it or not, it's a much better way of adding widgets than on Android.

    Now please, I need that wallpaper.
  14. shareef777 macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    While I appreciate all the updates and features added inside the apps, I'd have to agree that you'd think they'd put SOME effort to making the MAIN page a bit more feature rich and functional.
  15. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Cabin by a lake
  16. DragoniteD macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2013
    I am neutral with this windows phone feature. However, if Apple want to add this function, do please make it good-looking, do not follow the ugly windows phone, please...
  17. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
  18. UnionVGF macrumors 6502


    Oct 4, 2013
    I'd really like this. The iOS home screens are stale. It needs some variety beyond Cydia icons.
  19. okboy macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    It only requires one hand.
  20. edolecki macrumors newbie


    Mar 16, 2009
    I kind of like it (text treatments not included) - but then some of us would have to unlock our phones to get a look at the app tiles.
  21. Yvan256 macrumors 601

    Jul 5, 2004
    What's with the hate?

    Maybe the haters are biased because it's the way Android or Windows phones works (no idea, I only know one person with an Android phone), but this is the first time I see something like that and frankly it looks amazing, apart from the non-centered text under the tiles.
  22. clintage3 macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2014
    Please no. Don't give me the eye sore I have to look at on Windows 8 on work computers on my iPhone. I can't imagine Apple would put that anxiety-inducing multi-sized icon/widget feature on their devices.:eek:
  23. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    True - but iOS already has multi-touch gestures that wouldn't work one-handed either.

    I like this concept as it's easy! It's one thing I feel that Windows Phone does better than iPhone.
  24. SandboxGeneral Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    That looks pretty neat and potentially useful. I wouldn't mind seeing that as an option in the next iOS.

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