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Widgets finally made their way to iOS 8 via the Today tab in Notification Center. But there is a discussion over widget discoverability for regular users, just like App Extensions in the Share Sheet.

Maybe you read the app’s description, or the developer was smart enough to mention these new features with an in-app onboarding or news system. But how would the majority of users otherwise come across these features in general practice?

For widgets, Apple found a subtle way to inform the user. When you install new apps with widgets available, a counter appears at the bottom of Notification Center’s Today tab. It would be nice to see something like this in the Share Sheet too.

Of course, this is only useful to users who actually know about and use Notification Center, which arguably has discoverability issues of its own.

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