Some thoughts on iOS 14 Home Screen widgets

I’ve been ducking in and out of the beta this year but with beta 4 I’m finding it’s actually pretty stable and performance is good so I’ve gone all in on the iPhone. I’ve been playing with widgets throughout this time, it gives me something else to mess with (I’m terrible at decision making) but feel it’s a really nice step up from a grid of icons. I used the older style widgets a lot but these new ones give me exactly what I need – quick glanceable reminders.

What I mean is that whenever I unlock my iPhone I see my calendar, reminders and the weather (although this one is probably going). It’s been good for my productivity and like I think I said before takes me back to the Nokia N95 days where I liked being able to see a schedule and keep on top of stuff throughout the day.

I’m yet to test any third party widgets (devs, please reach out). It’ll be October before we see iOS in the public I feel this year and another month or so before some of your favourite third party apps are updated but just using the Apple apps is showing the potential for what we can do with these.

I do miss a bit of interactivity but on the whole I’m ok with just tapping and ticking off a reminder.

iOS 14 is one of my favourite updates so far.

Apps using your clipboard in iOS 14

Another day, another warning for apps that use your clipboard. I trust Apollo but wonder why they are taking my clipboard at all. I think there’s info here that needs to be shared by the development community as to why they are using our clipboard. For me it’s a lack of understanding so I’m not targeting any developers, just want to know why in general for any app that shows this message.

Anyone else on the beta finding they are suddenly aware of their data being shared between apps?

iOS 14: App Library

A week in testing iOS 14 and I’m loving the new App Library feature. My setup now involves one home screen and then the App Library, no more other pages of apps. This feature allows you to let iOS manage your app organisation and for me at least has encouraged me to install more apps.

When I swipe over I get all of my apps organised by category.

To do this I simply turned off all of my home screens in the edit home screen setting.

This has been working quite nicely for me and can’t see me going back to multiple home screens.

Now I just need Apple to bring it over to the iPad.

iOS 14: how to customise the Reminders widget

I’m very much enjoying iOS 14 and wanted to start to share how to customise the Reminders widget.

Add the widget and then long press and tap ‘Edit Widget”.

I like to change this view to see how many items I’ve got due today. So I tap list and change.

You can change the list displayed to meet your own needs but personally I use TODAY because for me this seems most relevant to have on a widget you want to see most often.

iOS 14: widget first impressions

I don’t think I could go back to iOS 13 now after beta testing iOS 14, it’s made the iPhone home screen so much more alive and interactive. I’ve not gone overboard with my widgets but now settled on one large one that is ‘stacked’. This stacking means that I added the medium sized calendar, followed by reminders. I then dragged reminders on top and hey presto I have a stack I can scroll through. I then simply added weather, notes, music and battery.

They aren’t updating super reliably at the moment but I’m so impressed with the implementation.

As a side note this beta 1 seems really stable, much more than iOS 13. I think Apple have taken the negative feedback on board from last year.

Can’t wait to start seeing more of your setups.