We’ve already seen a few developers preview how new technologies introduced in iOS 8 make new features possible. Last month we saw 1Password’s iPhone app take advantage of the new access developers have to Touch ID and systemwide Extensions with their iOS 8 beta, and a number of health and fitness app developers have discussed their excitement for Apple’s new HealthKit tool. Today the developers of the fairly new iPhone app Numerous have previewed in a blog post their plans to include an app widget for presenting numbers from the app in the new Today view in Notification Center coming to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 8… If you’re not familiar with Numerous, the iPhone app launched at the beginning of May and makes tracking a plethora of numbers relating to a variety of items like a stock’s price or someone’s follower count easy and fun with a dashboard view. The app was especially useful for me as a countdown tracker for counting the days leading up to WWDC ahead of Apple’s developer conference.
Now the developers are showing off their upcoming support for the new Notification Center shown off at WWDC this year. With widget support in the Today view for Notification Center, numbers being tracked with Numerous can be viewed quickly by swiping down from anywhere on the iPhone without even having to open the app. As you can see from the preview above, this allows you to access more numbers than just stock prices like the number of steps you’ve taken as measured by the M7 chip available on the iPhone 5s.
The integration looks really smooth and gives us a great preview of what we can expect from even more apps when iOS 8 laters this fall.
We’ve seen Philips show off their own idea for a Notification Center widget that could control their connected light bulbs, and Fleksy has previewed native iOS support for its third party keyboard as well so we know we have a lot to look forward to from developers with the public launch of iOS 8.