iOS 14 introduced detail-rich and resizable widgets that not only work in Today View but also within the Home screen itself. Now that the stable iOS 14 release is out, we are starting to see lots of third-party apps either updating their old widgets or introducing widget support for the very first time. If you hate rummaging through the App Store looking for third-party apps with top-notch widget support, do not worry — we’ve done the hard work for you.
Widgets: Everything you need to know!
With the iOS 10 update, Apple disabled shortcut access to certain apps and parts of apps. Launcher, the bad boy of widget land, was caught in the middle of the mess, again. After upgrading to iOS 10, Launcher users were no longer able to launch shortcuts to options inside the settings app. Things like VPN and Cellular Data.
With iOS 10, widgets have their own dedicated space. They can be designed to look more like apps and they have better capabilities – including a compact and expanded state. Now that widgets are everywhere – the Lock screen, the Home screen, Notification Center and even in Quick Actions when you 3D Touch an app icon, it’s no surprise that developers are taking this opportunity to create quick ways to interact with apps or to view information.
If you just upgraded to iOS 10 and picked up your iPhone, you might have been surprised by what greeted you. iOS 10 is changing so many things we’ve grown accustomed to. The Lock screen UI is new, and so are many interactions. If you’re got an iPhone 6s and up, the screen would have lit up when you picked up your phone, that’s a new feature called Raise to Wake. And that’s just the start of it.
The biggest changes in iOS 10 are clear as day when you pick up your iPhone. The Lock screen is completely redesigned. There are widgets everywhere and 3D Touch is much more pronounced, across the OS. We tell you how to use all the new iOS 10 features in the Lock screen, Home screen and Control Center.
I’m very excited for widgets in iOS 10. They’re going from this limited in design, transparent and dark boxes to kind of mini apps and glorified shortcuts. I can’t wait to see what the developers come up with in iOS, now that there are two widget classes – compact and large. Plus, they’re everywhere now. The Lock screen, Notification Center, and even in the Home screen.
The biggest addition to iOS 10 are all the changes to the Lock screen and Notifications. The slide to unlock gesture is gone. You click the home button to unlock instead. Plus, there’s a whole new screen to the left – the Today view that contains all the widgets. You can access it simply by swiping left on the lock screen.
Widgets are literally everywhere in iOS 10. And I’m certainly not complaining. I love that widgets are evolving from being a shortcut to its own thing. Really, at this point, they’re only 1 step away from being on the homescreen altogether.
In our wishlist for iOS 10, 3D Touch overhaul was high up there. And we did get something like that. 3D Touch shows better content then it used to in iOS 9, and it works at lot more places. But it this all new stuff enough? Will it be enough for 3D Touch to finally break into the mainstream and be something all iPhone users use every day? Read on to find out.
We’ve seen quick shortcut widgets for placing phone calls, launching apps and more. Shortcuts for WhatsApp is an app that adds a similar widget for sending a message on WhatsApp.