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Why iPhone does not have widgets

One of the criticism hurled upon the iPhone in the recently launched DroidDoes ad campaign by Verizon is the lack of widgets on the iPhone. 

For a long time iPhone users have wondered about this themselves – How can Apple miss one of the features that is omnipresent among the current crop of smartphones. 

Apparently, Apple did plan to have widgets on the iPhone back in January 2007 when the company first announced the launch of the smartphone. However, in the period between January 2007 and June 2007, when the iPhone went on sale, Apple decided to do away with widgets. The reason, we hear now was because the dashboard-style widgets written in HTML, CSS and Javascript had problems in their performance. According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, the abandonment came after Apple realized that “performance for such apps was unacceptable and that they should go native Cocoa across the board. And Apple was only going to do it for small apps, like Weather, Stocks, and Calculator, not the flagship apps like Calendar and Mail.

In the two years since the iPhone was launched, technology has improved a lot and rendering Javascript is no longer a resource guzzler as it used to be. As a result, most of the recently launched smartphones have widgets.

Perhaps the long time users of the iPhone no longer see a need for widgets on their iPhones. However, in light of the fresh competition, it does make sense for Apple to do a rethink on including widgets on their upcoming versions of the iPhone. 

We would also like to hear our readers views on this topic. Do you think the lack of widgets is a serious drawback on the iPhones? Please tell us in the comments.

[via Daring Fireball]

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