Apple has filed a patent for Dashboard widget authoring.

The filing suggests that some widgets will work on iPods.

Macsimum News explains the patent. It reveals that part of the filing confirms that Dashboard could run beyond the computer, saying widgets could run on a "handheld computer, mobile device, consumer electronic device or the like".

Apple's abstract describes the patent as covering: "An authoring environment for creating and/or editing user interface elements such as widgets used in a unified interest layer. The authoring environment facilitates creation of widgets that have a consistent appearance and mechanism, and allows third-party developers to easily create widgets that have a look and feel that is consistent with a predefined set of widgets."