Feature Requests

Feature requests are not guaranteed to be fulfilled. However, the requests are being recorded here as a way to keep track of popularity. That is one of the two main factors in ranking feature requests. Do a lot people want it? If so, how hard is it to do. If you want to make a feature request, even if it’s already listed on this page, you can use the Contact Form to send a message.

I want to rearrange the order of the widgets – This is a top request. It’s also a planned feature. It’s not so straightforward though. This is a difficult, but very needed feature. This is a very popular request, that is planned for version 2.0 of the Widgets app.

I want multiple copies of the same widget – Wow, that was an unexpected request. It’s surprisingly common too. Unfortunately, the app wasn’t designed with that feature in mind. It’s listed here for consideration, but adding this feature is not very likely. As an example, how would two audio players work? That sounds noisy.

I want Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in the World Clock – Interesting! I thought the time for London was UTC… but apparently it’s not?! I’m not sure, but this request is listed for further research. This is probably not too hard to do, but it’s not as straightforward as adding a city.

I want a way to quickly launch/hide the Widgets app – Me too! That’s surprisingly difficult though. I contacted Apple regarding this matter. They sent back a bunch of code that I don’t understand. The idea was to be able to show/hide the app with the F12 key. The plan is to revisit the matter after the “Too Many Contacts” issue is resolved and 1-2 other widgets are completed.

I want a currency converter – The “Unit Converter” widget does not have currency conversion support. Anything that requires a data feed is a lot harder to add to the app. Currency information changes frequently. Websites that provide that information typically charge for “API” access to that data.

I want to run my old Dashboard widgets / I want to add custom code – This is the holy grail of widgets. Being able to support .wdgt files would be an awesome feature. I realize that I won’t be able to create every widget that everyone wants – customization matters! Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out a good way to do that. It’s a delicate balance of several issues. As an alternative, the ability to add “custom” widgets is also being investigated. In other words, it would be really cool if the Widgets app could be opened up to other developers. However, adding custom code to Widgets has to be done in a safe and secure manner. Again, future development is not guaranteed, but the ability to add custom Widgets is a feature that I’ve been looking to add.

I want the Widgets app to be available in my country – Right now, the Widgets app is only available in the United States of America. Already, there is a lot of work to do. Localization adds complexity. As an example, the “Weather” widget only has data for the United States. I’m not sure how to take that internationally – especially without adding it as a paid subscription. Additionally, if I want to add a “Sports” or “News” widget, that’s a lot easier to do for a single location. However, making the app global is not an impossibility. It depends on the success of the app in the United States.