Missing iPad Apps Are Now Widgets?

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Fox and Gruber's ideas range on how these widgets will work. Fox believes that the widgets will work in a method just like the Mac OS X Dashboard. Gruber thinks they’re going to reside proper on the House monitor, explaining why the house display is so sparse.

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om&#a hundred and sixty;Daring Fireball notes that until April 2007, the iPhone 1.0 Weather, Stocks, and Calculator apps were Dashboard-style HTML/JavaScript widgets. Jobs called them “widgets” on stage at the MWSF iPhone debut, and I later verified it with informed sources. (The iPhone OS 1.0 jailbreakers even found an empty /Library/Widgets/ folder.) Apple scrapped them and reimplemented them as native apps late in the game because the performance just wasn’t there — they all felt sluggish.

 

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