Several users of our apps (most notably PhotoFrame) have asked if we could add ‘live’ or ‘animated’ icons eg. why not get the PhotoFrame icon to automatically update to show the pictures that they’ve chosen?
Unfortunately, there’s no way for developers to update the icons in any way other than sticking a numerical badge on them. Then I realised that Apple updates the Calendar app icon every day, so there must be a way of either a) pulling live info into the icon or b) storing lots of icons in the app and choosing which to display based on external info.
This strikes me as an enormous wasted opportunity. Why update just the Calendar icon? Surely the Clock icon could display the correct time, the Weather icon could show the current weather conditions for your location, Stocks could at the very least be color-coded red or green depending on the performance of your chosen stock and the Photos app could show a random image from your photo library.
Does anybody know why it’s just the Calendar app that gets the special treatment and what other ideas can you think of for ‘live’ icons?