A while back we brought you word that Rich Hong’s Dashboard for iPad app was rejected by Apple, along with other apps just like it, because it contradicted the iPad’s user experience. Like many other rejected developers before him, Hong decided not to allow Apple to get the best of him and has brought the app over to Cydia since an iPad jailbreak is now available, giving jailbreakers the ability to run Mac OS X widgets on their iPads for free.
The app is basically a port of Mac OS X’s Dashboard environment, although it is a an actual app that needs to be launched via an icon. Once launched the app simply displays a blank black canvas that allows you to add Apple’s signature widgets from the widget dock with a single tap. Widgets can be moved around the canvas by tapping and holding, and they can be removed by tapping the “X” located in the upper left-hand corner of each widget. Basically, if you have used Mac OS X’s widgets, you should feel right at home here.
The Dashboard app also allows you to download and install widgets from Apple.com, but not all widgets will work in the iPad app, so you will just have to try each one out for yourself.
The app does contain a few early bugs and is apparently a tad sluggish, but this is merely v1.0, so many of these issues will no doubt be worked out in the future.
If you are running a jailbroken iPad, give the app a try and let us know what you think.
Embedded below is a video of Dashboard for iPad in action.
[Image via RazorianFly]