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!


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.