Cus­tomise iOS 8 with wid­gets

Up­date the To­day view in No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre

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One of the key ad­di­tions for de­vel­op­ers in iOS 8 was ex­ten­sions, which en­able apps to break out of their in­di­vid­ual cages and in­ter­act with other parts of your phone safely and se­curely. One of the ways they can do this is with the new wid­gets in the To­day pane of No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre. Here, apps can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and even in­ter­ac­tiv­ity that’s use­ful at a glance. Be­cause No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre can be pulled down at any time, it’s a great place to put things you check reg­u­larly. Ap­ple pro­vides a set of wid­gets by de­fault, but it’s easy to add your own from com­pat­i­ble apps, and to set the or­der they ap­pear in (see be­low for a quick tu­to­rial).

Cur­rently, Ap­ple pro­vides wid­gets that in­clude up­com­ing cal­en­dar ap­point­ment, out­stand­ing Re­minders (which can be checked off within the wid­get) and cur­rent traf­fic con­di­tions (among oth­ers). Al­ready, there are spe­cific weather wid­gets, such as Ya­hoo’s; the Kin­dle app shows you how far you’ve read through your most re­cently opened book, and acts as a short­cut to go to that page; Ever­note gives you but­tons so you can add a new note… there’s al­ready a wide range avail­able, and it will only grow with more use­ful op­tions. Matt Bolton

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre can be pulled down at any time to give info that’s use­ful at a glance

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