Apple Inviting Developers to Online Events on Building Widgets, Creating App Clips and Bringing iPad Apps to Mac

Apple today sent out email invitations to developers inviting them to join various events focused on specific iOS, iPadOS, and macOS features like widgets and App Clips.

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A widget-centric event called "Building Great Widget Experiences" is set to take place on February 1, 2021, and will provide developers with opportunities to learn new techniques for creating useful widgets for their apps.

We'd like you to join us for Building Great Widget Experiences on Monday, February 1, 2021. This event will be conducted online.

Useful and delightful, widgets let you elevate key content from your app and display it where users can see it at a glance on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. They can also help users personalize their Home screens in unique ways. Join us for an in-depth look at building great widget experiences.

There's a separate event on Monday, February 15 titled "Bring Your iPad App to Mac," and another event called "Building Great App Clip Experiences" that's focused on the App Clips feature introduced in iOS 14.


Developers who have been invited to these sessions are able to ask Apple employees questions, much like the online events that Apple held last year for WWDC.


Apple occasionally hosts these special session events focused on different iOS and macOS features. Last year, for example, Apple hosted an event focused on accessibility features.

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Top Rated Comments

paulthexo Avatar
44 months ago
i wonder if someone can build a Widget for Big Sur called "Calculator" I am sure it would be a great success!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spock Avatar
44 months ago

Apple needs to empower the devs. They can start by allowing 1x1 widgets. I sure would like to fit 4 bits of information in the space of a single 4x4 widget. Also adding a transparency option would be nice too. Thats the big problem with Apple though. They always give us 80% and always withhold the other 20%.
I just want to be able to place my icons anywhere that’s not a grid.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zaft Avatar
44 months ago
Hopefully Apple adds interactive widgets in iOS 15.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mariusignorello Avatar
44 months ago

My friend you are preaching to the Choir.

You know why Apple doesn't do this? GREED.
Apple wants to make sure the person next to you can easily identify the device you're using is an iPhone. They don't want there to be any confusion. Which is why they are so OCD over the HomeScreen and why we fail year and year to see innovation. I mean we got half baked widgets so at least thats something but Apple could very very easily give us more control there and they refuse.
“Apple greed” is so overused and worn out. Your point was lost.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GtrDude Avatar
44 months ago
I find the Apple widgets are mostly completely useless.
Gray noise, pink noise, white noise, brown noise?
Oh yeah...that'll come in real handy for a quick access.
Apple could learn a thing or two from Android on this one.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tgwaste Avatar
44 months ago

Hopefully Apple adds interactive widgets in iOS 15.

“Apple greed” is so overused and worn out. Your point was lost.
but "Apple Sheep" isnt.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)