The next version of Apple’s popular mobile operating system, iOS, is believed to be showcased at this year’s WWDC, and plenty of people are excited for it. And considering there’s probably not going to be any kind of actual iPhone launch, that’s all we have to look forward to. With that in mind, there’s plenty of speculation going around about what we should expect to see. Most of which is centered ‘round Apple’s reinvention of the notification system within iOS, and how it can only get better. But, there are a few other updates that people are eager to get their hands on. Namely, widgets. But, the more I think about it, the more I think that this is just one feature that Apple should not adopt.
Even as we dig into this a bit more, the whole argument about who created widgets first isn’t really relevant here. Basically, we know that someone other than Apple created widgets, and over the last few years they’ve become more and more popular. That could very well be directly attributed to the fact that Android’s popularity has skyrocketed about the same time. There’s no denying that widgets play a huge role in Android’s market presence, as people find the use of widgets pretty handy. And that’s the kicker here, folks. Android’s popularity with widgets.
But, why is that so important? Because in today’s market, it’s not about whether you copy someone or not (because we all know that these company’s copy one another in some fashion or another. They know it, too, and that’s why they keep suing each other.), but it’s about who you copy. And while there are plenty of differences between each mobile platform out there, there are obvious similarities, too. And I think this is just one area that, while popular, Apple shouldn’t be trying to copy.
Because let’s face it, if Apple comes out at their Worldwide Developer’s Conference and shows off widgets, they’re going to pronounce that they are revolutionary and magical. And, down to the very core, it’s still just going to be a widget. Sure, Apple could figure out some interesting things for those widgets to do, especially on the home screen, but the moment that we activate that widget and we launch the application connected to it, we’re back to facing the reality that we’re just looking at more widgets.
But, while I’m sitting here saying that Apple shouldn’t go the widgets route, I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be coming up with something to maybe actually revolutionize the way that we use widgets. I think that’s where something like voice activation and artificial intelligence can play a big part. However, just having a widget on a screen which opens an application isn’t revolutionary, and I don’t think it jibes well with iOS.
But, what’s your take on widgets being added to iOS? Do you think that this is as important an update as, say, iOS’ notification system or multitasking? Or are widgets just something that Apple should skip, and focus on something else entirely? Let me know what you think in the comments below.