I do not currently own a Mac. I do not currently own an iPod.
I’m using a bottom-feeding Dell with a wee less than 1GB of RAM and a wee over 1GHz CPU. After having the machine turned into a fucking spambot, I’ve had to install many countermeasures. Suddenly, 1GHz does not seem like 1GHz any longer (which makes me hesitant to jump onto a 1GHz UMPC, like the lustful Samsung Q1P).
The last Mac I had was an LCIII, bought brand new from J&R for a whopping TWO GRAND as part of a special bundle deal that also included a modem and a cheery “So long, sucker!” from the J&R staff. It ran System 6. (By the time I really really needed System 7, the OS was further up in numbering and no 7 disks were to be found. Ah, that cruel world before ebay!)
So I come to Mac OS X widgets really really ignorant of what they are, how many there are, what they can do, etc.
So today I go to investigate said widgets. And via Google (really, what else do people use?!), I find an Apple page devoted to them.
Now wait, let me back up less than 24 hours.
I was thinking, OK, widgets. Does such widgetry make full-blown apps possible? Could there possibly be widgets that would allow word processing and the like?
FF to now.
And there on the Apple page, just submitted Feb 2, is Google Apps Dashboard Widget.
And look at that: Docs/Spreadsheets.
What I dearly want to know is how difficult it will be for existing widgets to find their way onto the iPhone? Apple
is rumored to will hold its WWDC in June. I bet that will be The Topic. Update: Apple announces June WWDC.
According to Hands (and fingers) on the iPhone at Macworld’s website:
And this is perhaps a clue too: The iPhone, Widgets, and VerifiedDownloadAgent.
And Some Deeper Thoughts On Apple’s iPhone offers this set of very intriguing possibilities:
Which, at iPhone a Potential Boon for Web Developers, leads to the possible reason why the iPhone will seem closed:
There are hoards of people who know these technologies and now they have a new toy to play with. Current mobile development platforms such as Symbian, Windows, and Java are the playgrounds of uber-geeks. No more! Now a weekender with a book on web development, some tips on how to create a widget, and a data source can create a mobile application.
Emphasis added by me. Although I am very grateful to those who develop things for the love of it, I also know there are
people evil bastards who develop things for the maliciousness of it (see spambotting of the Dell, above!). Won’t you feel safer having Apple vet these things first?
See also: widgipedia