Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to enable third-party widgets on your iPhone or iPod touch without a jailbreak? For WillFour20, otherwise known as Will Homer, this wish has become a reality. Homer was able to create a basic widget inside of the new Notification Center that is a part of iOS 5. As you can see above, the only thing that the widget does is display the famous phrase “hello world,” but it shows great potential and proves that anything is possible. It’s unclear whether Apple’s Notification Center widgets will have a public API, which would be the tools to create these, for third-party widgets.
Well-known hacker Chronic, also known as Will, told 9 to 5 Mac that all a developer needs to do is create a “custom view interface” and “compile it is a bulletinboard plugin.” Bulletinboard was Apple’s secret codename for Notification Center prior to its unveiling at the WWDC 2011 keynote. I’d hope that Apple would be open to the idea of allowing people to design custom widgets, but I can’t see the folks in Cupertino being too fond of the idea. Furthermore, as an owner of two iPads, I’d hope that Apple would at least integrate widget functionality into this larger version of Notification Center. As of now, they’re currently limited to the iPhone and iPod touch. If this is possible, what kind of widget would benefit you the most?