“One of the things we most looked forward to in iOS 8 was widgets,” Christina Bonnington writes for Wired. “Apple introduced widgets as a part of Notification Center, which you access with a downward swipe from the top of the screen. By giving third party apps access to this coveted space, users could quickly glean information about their day and more efficiently navigate their smartphone experience.”
“Except that it seems Apple is still undecided about what’s allowed in a widget, and what’s not,” Bonnington writes. “Apple rejected an update to the app Drafts this week because the buttons in the widget redirect the user back to the app in order to process or complete tasks. ”
If Apple does decide, uniformly, that such functionality isn’t allowed across its mobile platform, it’s going to severely limit the iOS 8 experience. However, it’s more likely that this is a growing pain,” Bonnington writes. “Apple’s app reviewers notoriously err on the side of caution when it comes to app approvals, so it’s likely these rejections are a result of evolving developer guidelines, increasingly complicated apps, and human error.”
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