Apple may not have added support for Android-style home screen widgets to iOS 5, but the company did add a weather forecast utility and support for stock information to the Notification Center. When you pull down from the top of the screen to view missed calls, messages, or alerts from other applications, you can also check the weather or view the latest market updates. But what if you want to see sports scores, the latest news stories, or other information?
Right now there’s official support for third party developers to build “widgets” that will show up in the Notification Center. But developer Will Homer has figured out how to do it even without Apple’s support. He’s posted the source code for a simple “Hello World” widget, which you can see pictured above.
It should be interesting to see whether Apple eventually adds Notification Center widget creation tools to the Software Developer Kit for iOS 5. I could also see Apple deciding not to make it too easy to hook into the notification area, since it could quickly get littered with third party widgets. While Android users can pick and choose where they want to place widgets on various home screens, the Notification Center in iOS 5 provides a limited amount of space which will be used by widgets and alerts.
via 9 to 5 Mac