Apple asks PCalc developer to remove calculator Notification Center widget [Updated]

With iOS 8, developers can create widgets for their app, that are shown in the Today section of the Notification Center. One widget that caught our eye was PCalc, that let you quickly access a calculator widget.

The developer of PCalc, James Thomson, today received a message from Apple asking him to remove the widget from the app, as iOS widgets aren’t allowed to perform calculations. In a series of tweets, he said that he’ll try appealing this, but he suspects that the decision has been made high up, making it unlikely to be repealed. Apple has asked him to remove the widget in 2-3 weeks.

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He also added that while Apple has asked him to remove the widget, the App Store features PCalc under the Notification Center widgets section of the “Great apps for iOS 8” page.

A calculator seemed like a perfect example of a useful Notification Center widget, so it’s quite surprising that Apple has chosen to remove it. What’s even worse is that Apple made this decision after approving and featuring PCalc, which means that the efforts James put into designing and developing the widget have gone to waste.

Let us know what you think about Apple’s decision in the comments below.

Update: Apple has reversed this decision. Read more here.