1. Antron's Avatar
    Apple has removed Launcher from the App Store. With iOS 8, Apple has brought an amazing feature called widgets. But with great features comes great restrictions. I remember when flashlight apps became available for the iPhone 4 and later they were pulled, only to return. There was even an article from Engadget when the apps were allowed back in the AppStore,"Shocker! Apple approves apps for using LED on iPhone 4 as flashlight."

    Launcher is a great app and brought great features for iOS 8. Greg Gardner, the app creator, in his announcement about why the app was pulled said, "Apple contacted me on September 23, 2014 and told me that they have decided to disallow any Notification Center widget that lets you launch other apps. Their only reason was that it is a 'misuse' of widgets, even though there are no written rules to this effect and the app was originally approved by them."

    Gardner thanked all the loyal users of his app in his statement. I am glad that I was able to get the app before Apple pulled it. I hope they change their mind on this.

    Statement: Apple has removed Launcher from the App Store<
    09-27-2014 07:21 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Maybe they will or maybe they will incorporate their own launcher.
    09-27-2014 07:43 PM
  3. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    When he says they don't want widgets that launch other apps, does he mean 3rd party apps? I don't know the rules and guidelines off the top of my head, but if that was the only restriction then why not just continue making the app to have action launchers? Like what I hope Launch Center Pro will have in their widget when it's updated.

    I also think that maybe something somewhere has been misinterpreted by the developer. Wouldn't we see a slew of launcher apps that allowed launching other apps in the notification center? I'm really not taking sides here. I'm trying to see this in both perspectives.
    09-27-2014 07:48 PM
  4. Antron's Avatar
    When he says they don't want widgets that launch other apps, does he mean 3rd party apps? I don't know the rules and guidelines off the top of my head, but if that was the only restriction then why not just continue making the app to have action launchers? Like what I hope Launch Center Pro will have in their widget when it's updated.

    I also think that maybe something somewhere has been misinterpreted by the developer. Wouldn't we see a slew of launcher apps that allowed launching other apps in the notification center? I'm really not taking sides here. I'm trying to see this in both perspectives.
    Great points.
    09-27-2014 08:41 PM
  5. Antron's Avatar
    Maybe they will or maybe they will incorporate their own launcher.
    That would be nice.
    09-27-2014 08:41 PM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I hope Launcher continues to work. So far it does, but who knows after 8.0.3.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
    09-27-2014 11:02 PM
  7. Rolandh's Avatar
    When he says they don't want widgets that launch other apps, does he mean 3rd party apps? I don't know the rules and guidelines off the top of my head, but if that was the only restriction then why not just continue making the app to have action launchers? Like what I hope Launch Center Pro will have in their widget when it's updated.

    I also think that maybe something somewhere has been misinterpreted by the developer. Wouldn't we see a slew of launcher apps that allowed launching other apps in the notification center? I'm really not taking sides here. I'm trying to see this in both perspectives.
    If that was the case then wouldn't the ESPN SportsCenter widget be disallowed as it allows you to open the app directly from the widget, by taping on one of the score cards.

    I'm leaning more towards the fact that Launcher allows you to add shortcuts to different parts of the System Settings, including ones that are included in Control Centre.

    Roland
    09-28-2014 04:12 AM
  8. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    If that was the case then wouldn't the ESPN SportsCenter widget be disallowed as it allows you to open the app directly from the widget, by taping on one of the score cards.

    I'm leaning more towards the fact that Launcher allows you to add shortcuts to different parts of the System Settings, including ones that are included in Control Centre.

    Roland
    Yeah, it's a for sure thing that your own widget should allow you to directly open your app or at the very least another app you developed.
    09-28-2014 01:43 PM
  9. crankerchick's Avatar
    Well the yahoo weather widget opens the weather. I would think Apple means being able to launch ANY app.
    09-28-2014 01:46 PM
  10. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Well the yahoo weather widget opens the weather. I would think Apple means being able to launch ANY app.
    They most likely mean making shortcuts for other 3rd party apps that aren't the developer's.
    09-28-2014 01:58 PM
  11. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    If that was the case then wouldn't the ESPN SportsCenter widget be disallowed as it allows you to open the app directly from the widget, by taping on one of the score cards.

    I'm leaning more towards the fact that Launcher allows you to add shortcuts to different parts of the System Settings, including ones that are included in Control Centre.

    Roland
    Agree! But why would Apple not like users having shortcuts to the settings app? I don't see where the harm is. If you go to passcode, you still have to enter your passcode.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
    09-28-2014 04:31 PM
  12. Craig's Avatar
    Shame, glad I go the pro version right away. Hope Apple does not block it with future releases. I wish the developer luck, it's a very nice app, he did a great job.
    09-29-2014 03:58 AM
  13. Trees's Avatar
    Per this thread's title, I think its too early to tell if widgets as currently implemented will be useful.

    For example Dropbox widget shows that four files were updated recently. Great that the widget is telling me this. Now that I know four files changed, how do I dismiss the notification? There is no option to do so. Perhaps this is a limitation introduced by the Dropbox widget, and not how Apple intends or supports widgets?

    Swiping left while pressing on one of the file names in the widget's list brings me to the Notifications screen. Swiping right does nothing. Pressing on the Dropbox bar does nothing. Pressing on one of the file names opens up Dropbox. Cool that its available and functioning as a shortcut to the actual Dropbox app.

    How do I dismiss widget notifications? Are there other widgets that implement different and more useful functionality?
    10-06-2014 08:54 PM
  14. crankerchick's Avatar
    It's not a notification. It's a widget. It shows you the last files that you accessed. That's it. It's a shortcut to the files you've recently used. It's functioning as advertised.

    If you want notifications when a new file is uploaded, that would be a new feature and you could email the developers to see if it's a planned new feature.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    Last edited by crankerchick; 10-10-2014 at 09:48 AM.
    10-09-2014 09:02 PM
  15. crankerchick's Avatar
    I find the ETA widget to be functional. It shows time to the destinations you store within the main app. I also like the TeeVee widget. It shows upcoming shows with times so you can easily see if a new show is airing. If it's not in the list, it's either not on or is a repeat.

    Many people like the evernote widget. It has shortcuts to creating a new text, picture, voice, etc note. I don't use it but I think it is useful. Many love the PCalc widget. It puts a full on calculator in the widgets panel.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    10-09-2014 09:05 PM
  16. AgentHeracles's Avatar
    With the TeeVee Widget and TeeVee: has it ever wrongly shown wether a show is a repeat or not or the wrong show? In other words if a sporting event like MMA is being doublecast on a regular non-sports channel but does not show up in the guide that it is(This happened recently).
    10-10-2014 08:09 AM
  17. crankerchick's Avatar
    Hmm I don't know. I've only been using the app for a week. So far it hasn't showed me incorrect information but I likely haven't hit that type of situation yet.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    10-10-2014 09:50 AM
  18. Antron's Avatar
    The saga continues...

    Apple tells developer of popular iOS 8 widget calculator to remove the widget.

    http://forums.imore.com/showthread.php?t=306032
    10-29-2014 03:41 PM
  19. Antron's Avatar
    Update:
    Apple threatened to remove the best iOS 8 widgets in the App Store and then changed its mind.

    PC Calc is now able to keep its widget. Good move apple
    10-30-2014 02:22 PM
  20. Antron's Avatar
    "After Apple reversed course in late October and decided PCalc and other calculator widgets are acceptable, another handy app is in the crosshairs Neato."

    I saw this coming when the app first arrived.

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AppAd...3/nUMtelnPhkg/
    11-18-2014 02:16 PM
  21. crankerchick's Avatar
    I understand the why--they don't want a keyboard inside a widget. The problem is why don't they want to allow a keyboard--or whatever--inside the widget as long as the widget app stays within the size limits? It's just silly. I don't use the app, and probably desire to use widgets the way Apple wants me to, but I still don't see a problem with letting things like this exist for those who want to use it. But this is the drawback to a strict, policed App Store.
    Antron and Ledsteplin like this.
    11-18-2014 02:40 PM
  22. Antron's Avatar
    Apple strikes again...

    Apple Continues War on Notification Center Widgets, Asks 'Drafts' to Remove Note Creation Feature.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/12/02/...idget-removal/
    12-02-2014 05:50 PM
  23. mfm77's Avatar
    Apple is getting pretty ridiculous with its widget policies. It's bad enough that Craig F. demoed the eBay widget (which still apparently ceases to exist), but now they are pulling similar apps that have buttons and other actionable components. As others have pointed out (and in light of the Drafts' situation), look for Evernote, Box, and Day One to get their apps yanked due to the same reasons. Widgets are shortcuts, and Apple needs to recognize that and allow developers to do what they see fit.

    In addition to revising their policies, Apple also needs to look at the widget layout. I'm not sure a scrolling interface works well. I prefer (and don't criticize me for saying this) the Android method of swiping horizontally from one widget to the next. Some of the iOS widgets are so big that they make the entire widget "board" cumbersome to navigate.
    stoneland likes this.
    12-03-2014 02:36 PM
  24. Antron's Avatar
    Apple is getting pretty ridiculous with its widget policies. It's bad enough that Craig F. demoed the eBay widget (which still apparently ceases to exist), but now they are pulling similar apps that have buttons and other actionable components. As others have pointed out (and in light of the Drafts' situation), look for Evernote, Box, and Day One to get their apps yanked due to the same reasons. Widgets are shortcuts, and Apple needs to recognize that and allow developers to do what they see fit.

    In addition to revising their policies, Apple also needs to look at the widget layout. I'm not sure a scrolling interface works well. I prefer (and don't criticize me for saying this) the Android method of swiping horizontally from one widget to the next. Some of the iOS widgets are so big that they make the entire widget "board" cumbersome to navigate.
    Good points. Agree also on the cumbersome part.
    12-03-2014 04:22 PM
  25. morrisbuttermaker's Avatar
    I just don't see the point in widgets. I can get into any app in just as few, or fewer touches, than with a widget. Maybe I'm missing something.
    hydrogen3 likes this.
    12-03-2014 05:00 PM
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