iOS 14 Widgets Offer iPhone Users Creative Home Screen Ideas
iOS 14 Widgets Offer iPhone Users Creative Home Screen Ideas
iOS 14 Widgets Offer iPhone Users Creative Home Screen Ideas Sunday September 20, 2020 8:43 pm PDT by MacRumors Staff
In iOS 14, Apple introduced the concept of Home Screen widgets , which provide information from apps at a glance. Widgets can be pinned to the Home Screen in various spots and sizes, allowing for many different layouts.
Despite the relative lack of 3rd party widgets at launch , iOS users around the world have been busy customizing their home screens and sharing their work with others. Spent about an hour on mine pic.twitter.com/BLMfFl2njq — Ben Zhu (@BenZhu8) September 20, 2020
(Besides using iOS 14 Widgets, Twitter user Ben Zhu also used Shortcuts to change the look of the icons in the screenshot above.)
On Twitter, the hashtag #iOS14HomeScreen started trending this weekend with users showing off their latest creations. MacRumors followers also shared their creations on Twitter and in this forum thread .
Some bigger brands have already released widget support, including IMDB , Google , and Twitch . Spotify is notably absent from the early supporting apps, though TuneTrack already offers Spotify “Playing Now” widget support in the meanwhile. Widgetsmith
One of the early Widget apps that has seen a lot of popularity is Widgetsmith [ Free ] which offers the ability to create widgets alongside styling customizations. Widgetsmith allows you to create customized small, medium or large widgets with Time, Date, Photos, Custom Text, Upcoming Events, Reminders, and Health and Activity. Widgetsmith also offers Weather and Tide widgets as part of their premium subscription package which costs $1.99/month or $19.99/year.
The flexibility of the tool has made it popular with iOS 14 Home Screen screenshots that have been circulating around the web. Taken to the extreme, you can see highly stylized home screens: pic.twitter.com/kW6lNGNavO — Apple (@appleparody_usa) September 20, 2020 ColorWidgets
Another popular choice we’ve seen is ColorWidgets [ Free ] which offers a free Time and Battery widget with a lot of colorful styles. Some premium styles are also offered for a $3.99 one time purchase. Weather Widgets
Weather is a popular widget type that has already seen a number of supporting apps. There are certainly more that we missed, but notably, Apple’s own Dark Sky doesn’t have widget support yet. Weather Widget & Radar – Free with IAP Night Sky – Guide to the sky. Free with IAP Other Widgets
Beyond that, there are a number of early widgets that we’ve run across, and here is a short list. Fitness and Nutrition Widgets Fitbod – Workout tracking. Free with IAP FoodNoms – Food and calorie tracking. Free with IAP Streaks – Forming habits on a daily basis. $4.99 Zones – Workout tracking. Free with IAP Hour Blocks – Dayplanner that shows you what’s next. $3.99 Finance Widgets Acorns – Invest spare change. Free Coinbase – Buy and sell cryptocurrency. Free. Copilot: The Smart Money App – Net worth and expense tracker. Free with IAP Debit & Credit – Personal finance manager. Free with IAP VectorVest Stock Advisory – Stock / investing app. Free with IAP Travel Widgets App in the Air – Travel assistant. Free with IAP KAYAK – Book flights, hotels and cars. Free Tripit – Travel planner. Free with IAP World Clock – Time zone widget. Free with IAP
We will continue to cover notable Widgets as they are released. For a deeper dive, please visit our Twitter thread where we asked for widget recommendations and follow along in the 3rd Party Widgets Thread in our iOS 14 forum . 15 hours ago at 10:07 pm $19.95/year subscription for a widget app? 16 hours ago at 08:50 pm How do people change icons into custom images? Need a step-by-step 🙂 From twitter (‘https://twitter.com/kcsnipes1149/status/1307776733181915136’):You can use the shortcuts app to change the icon. Open shortcuts > add new shortcut > add action > scripting > open app > choose app > click the … > add to Home Screen > under Home Screen name tap on the icon and choose an image. > add. Done! 15 hours ago at 09:20 pm iPhone forums will now look like Android forums for the past 10 years… 😉 16 hours ago at 08:52 pm Jailbreak tegranjeet 15 hours ago at 09:23 pm Meh, just another distraction and battery eater. I tend to keep just one page of apps. thanks but not for me 15 hours ago at 09:30 pm Clever use of shortcuts there. My OCD zeroed straight in on that person with 84,000+ unread emails ? When Will the iPhone 12 Launch? Here’s What We Know Wednesday September 16, 2020 6:12 am PDT by Hartley Charlton Yesterday’s “Time Flies” Apple event saw the release of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8, and iPad Air 4, but no new iPhone models. Rumors before the event strongly alleged that it would not see the unveiling of new iPhones, with many reports pointing to an October launch. 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