Custom Widgets Possible For iOS 5 Notification Center

Posted in Apple News, iOS on 10/06/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Although Apple hasn’t said anything about support of third-party widgets in the iOS 5 notification center, our source reports that a developer has uncovered a way to develop a simple widget for Notification Center, which he uses as his proof of concept.

His widget shows that, even if Apple does not supply a public API for third-party widgets in the SDK, it is still technically possible to create a widget for Notification Center. His example is a simple “hello, world” type app, which you can see in the screenshot above.

The possibility of custom widgets on iOS 5 intrigues me greatly – and according to known jailbreak developer Chronic, it’s really not difficult – just a matter of creating a custom interface and compiling it in the right way. Below is a shot of the current Notification Center in iOS 5 beta, and how it portrays information.

I hope that Apple opens up Notification Center to third-party widgets – widgets are immensely useful (they’d be particularly interesting on an iPad), and I don’t want to be stuck with whatever small handful of things Apple happens to come up with.

Your thoughts? Sound off in the comments!

  • guest

    i installed ESPN Scorecenter app and it was in my notification center… 

    • did it appear as a widget? Otherwise, then it’s just a normal notification

      • Guest!

        mmm… can’t say for sure right now. jumped back to iOS 4 on my iPad. Too buggy. Also none of my Enterprise Apps worked. A problem with the Nav Controller – until we can get it ironed out, I’m sticking with 4.

      • Guest

        Score Center XL shows up as all the other Notifications – with ability to show x number of items, view in lock screen and alert style.
        So – I think that is a go… There are no games going on right now for me to get updated. About another hour until East coast MLB gets going.

    • Brody

      Like a widget? Or just a score update?

  • This could be really great for the iOS platform. I do hope that apple allows 3rd party widgets. However, the notification centre will get clogged up with too many widgets. Widgets need to be diverted to the home/lock screen

  • hmm, if theyre anything like widgets on my Windows laptop, i won’t find any use for them. However, i can see them being pretty handy for iPhone/iPad

  • Guest

    I just tested this using iPush Notification App and indeed the notifications were in the notification screen, as set up. Nothing special required. 


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.