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Home Screen Widget 'Blocks' Imagined in New iOS Concept

One of the more popular feature requests from iOS users has been live widgets for the home screen, similar to Live Tiles on Windows Phone and Widgets on Android. While there have been no specific rumors of widgets actually coming to iOS 8, a new concept from Jay Machalani (via The Verge) offers an excellent vision of how this could be implemented on iOS with the "iOS Block".

Here’s how it works. On your iOS device you have your list of icons like you know and love. They work and look the same way as before. But, if you want more information about an app, you can simply pinch the app icon bigger and it will now become an iOS Block. There’s no menu, no hidden options and no weird gestures to do. You literally make the icon bigger with your finger if you want more; it can’t be simpler and more intuitive than that.

When you pinch the icon, you will see the transformation/transition into a Block and at that point you have two choices: Either you pinch it back to an icon since you got the information you need or you release your fingers and the icon will remain a Block on your iOS screen.
Malachani imagines three possible sizes for Blocks, designed to take up the space of a 2x2 grid of icons on the home screen for iPhone, iPad portrait, and iPad landscape.

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Malachani goes on to outline more details on how the Blocks would be constructed with a relative uniform layout consisting of an app icon in the lower left, a tap zone along the remainder of the bottom edge where buttons could be placed, and a content zone taking up the remainder of the Block. As examples, Malachani walks through how the stock Weather, Music, Calendar, Messages, and Photos apps might look as Blocks.

As Malachani notes, the concept is still a work in progress, as he is unsure exactly how iOS would handle moving other home screen icons to accommodate a new Block on a full home screen, as the normal method of pushing icons to the next page could be disruptive depending on how frequently Blocks are opened and closed.

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21 weeks ago
Should have been this way by now. You don't go through 7 VERSIONS without changing the homescreen. And I don't mean the icons.
Rating: 55 Votes
21 weeks ago
I like it
Rating: 34 Votes
21 weeks ago


Someone said Windows phone?
Rating: 30 Votes
21 weeks ago
Holy crap that looks terrible.....

At least center the wording under the "block".....
Rating: 26 Votes
21 weeks ago
No, please no.

No.
Rating: 15 Votes
21 weeks ago
I think it looks pretty nice.
Rating: 15 Votes
21 weeks ago
This looks needlessly complicated. Not sure what this would add to the user experience.
Rating: 14 Votes
21 weeks ago
Not really a fan.
But that's just me, don't kill me.
Rating: 12 Votes
21 weeks ago

No, please no.

No.


Yes, please yes.

Yes.


You all will hate on this now. But its actually pretty cool. Once Apple announces it all the whiners will miraculously like it.
Rating: 12 Votes
21 weeks ago

No good for the one-handed users.


Even worse for those without hands.
Rating: 12 Votes

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