The New App Store: Yosemite Widgets


Coming this fall, Apple will release OS X Yosemite, their new version of the OS X line. Among the changes – notably the user interface, which I’m still trying to adjust to – is a big change to the notification center, which provides much more of an iOS7/8 type view:

Yosemite Notification Center

This is undoubtedly a nice upgrade, and ushers in what I think will be the next big era of apps: notification widgets. The current set of widgets is, well, a bit limited. Some social stuff, weather, stock prices – the usual. Imagine, however, when this is opened up to developers. Some things I can think of that I’d love to see:

  • Techcrunch Headlines
  • Google Analytics
  • Server Monitoring
  • Places in Drawer I still need to try
  • Weather Radar

There’s a lot that can be done with this space. With Apple making notifications interactive on iOS8, I think it’s a matter of time before we see full-on programmatic access to the notification center, with notification apps becoming as big a part of our behavior as phone apps.

What do you think? Do you agree that it’s a matter of time before Apple opens this up? Or do you think they’ll keep it to themselves? What apps would you want in the notification center?

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