updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu June 3, 2010
Company could be working on first-party answer
Apple is actively removing apps with widgets from the App Store, claims developer Russell Ivanovic. The coder says he was recently called by an Apple representative and told his own title, MyFrame, was being pulled because the company is looking to remove any app that presents widgets. Before it disappeared, My Frame was capable of displaying an extra layer of data on top of photos, in a manner similar to the Mac Dashboard or Microsoft's Gadgets layer in Windows.
The call led Ivanovic to complain to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is said to have replied with a typically brief e-mail sent from his iPad. "We are not allowing apps that create their own desktops. Sorry," the message reads. Commenting on the original representative call, Ivanovic mentions that he got the impression the person was "being as evasive as he could, even though he didn't want to be, because he was terrified of giving us any more information than he had to."
Why Apple would suddenly turn against widgets is uncertain, given that there is no explicit rule against implementations like MyFrame, which was formerly approved for sale. It's speculated that Apple may be preparing the way for iPhone homescreen widgets. The rival Google Android platform already has desktop widgets, and iPhone 4.0 should at least have an iPod widget.