I think this article is just a bit sensationalistic, but it claims Apple canned a WebOS style 'widget view' back in 07 while developing the iphone, citing unacceptable performance. The blurb in the article is kind of vague in that it states 'certain apps' were to have a 'dashboard style' appearance similar to WebOS. The mockup is also extremely misleading as it borrows the actual finished WebOS appearance and tries to imply that it was first envisioned by Apple, which I sincerely doubt.

http://www.tipb.com/2009/10/20/apple...e-performance/