If Apple had instead chosen to incorporate some of these features by doing Home screen widgets, then access to them would be restricted to only our first Home screen (or whichever screen we’d placed those widgets on).
There is still much growth and iteration that can — and I believe will — happen here. But with iOS 7, Apple has begun to let us interact with iOS in significant ways that don’t require the launching of an individual app. Certain functions of iOS are slowly expanding out of their silos.
-Shawn Blanc, The iOS 7 Home Screen Upgrade
I honestly hadn’t even thought of the updates to the Notification Center and Control Center in this way, but Shawn has a salient point. The fact is that Apple has provided a way for many of what they see as the most important “widgets” to be quickly available from any screen. Widgets on Android are locked to specific screens and most skinned versions of Android can’t even keep the persistent search bar at the top of the screen, which has been an option on stock Android since Gingerbread. Apple has provided a flexibility in iOS 7 that simply doesn’t exist in current implementations of such widget-like functionalities. I will probably look at my home screen a little differently now.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.