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iOS 8 Today View Widgets Under Fire? [UPDATED X2]

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iOS 8 Today View Widgets Under Fire? [UPDATED X2]

Apple has reportedly begun contacting several developers over the use of third-party ‘Today View’ widgets designed for iOS Notification Center, and offered to users within their available apps, requesting that they remove these widgets from the iOS platform.

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PCalc‘s ‘Today View’ widget on iOS 8 (Credit: MacRumors)

In one highly-publicised example, the developer behind popular calculator app, PCalcJames Thomson – took to Twitter earlier tonight to highlight that Apple had indeed contacted him to remove PCalc‘s iOS calculation widget.

Interestingly, PCalc was recently also updated on Mac to provide the same ‘Today View’ calculator widget to all those who have already installed OS X Yosemite. It is currently unclear if the company will be requiring the removal of that widget – too.

So far, we’re yet to hear from any other developers on the issue – personally.

Update

iMore’s Rene Ritchie has delved further on the reported issue, pointing to a section of Apple’s developer documentation covering Today view widgets.

It says:

“App extensions in the Today view are called widgets. Widgets give users quick access to information that’s important right now.”

Ritchie suggests that Apple may have requested the removal of Thomson’s widget, due to a ‘blurred line’ between PCalc’s calculator interface being considered ‘important’ information that should live in iOS Notification Center – versus, say, a weather widget which provides daily forecast information to the user.

Update 2

Apple Reverses Decision On iOS 8 Today View Widgets, Calculators Allowed

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