Apple: Fix OS X Dashboard by Enabling iOS Apps
When Apple delivered Dashboard as part of OS X 10.5 Tiger back in 2006, it made quite a splash. It was such a good idea that Microsoft copied it and, many believe, OS X Dashboard Widgets were the template used to create the first iPhone apps. Over the intervening years, however, little if any new effort has been put into improving Dashboard or Widgets — should Apple kill it or revitalize it?
Although I use OS X Dashboard multiple times a day, the only time most users ever think about it is how to turn Dashboard off to conserve system resources — See also: How To: Disable Dashboard in OS X Mountain Lion. However, at least one Redditor has a question if not a plan for saving OS X Dashboard:
Enable the usage of iOS apps in Dashboard. People can open and arrange iOS apps they’ve purchased or downloaded in the Dashboard. In the early days of iOS, widgets and apps were very similar. For apps that have iPad and iPhone versions, you would be able to pick either. It might end up competing with “Live Tiles” on the Windows 8 side of things — curtquarquesso, Reddit
Does that sound loopy? Perhaps, but it could be a brilliant way to even more closely integrate iOS and OS X, the ultimate Back to Mac move — a sticky layer that’s constant among iCloud, Mac and iThing.
Fundamentally, OS X and iOS share the same underlying codebase, so the concept is at least plausible…
What’s your take?