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Apple Makes Changes To The Home Screen Of iPhone

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July 15, 2020, 12:24 p.m.

Apple has made drastic changes to the Home Screen of the iPhone, by introducing the concept of ‌Home Screen‌ widgets, which are similar to the ‌widgets‌ available on Android phones.

The use of ‌ widgets was previously limited to the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping from left to right on the ‌ Home Screen ‌.

In ‌‌‌iOS 14‌‌‌, however, ‌ widgets got a design and functionality overhaul, and now any widget that's available in the Today View can also be added to the ‌ Home Screen ‌ alongside your apps.

How to Add Widgets to the ‌Home Screen‌

There are a couple of ways you can add ‌widgets‌ to the ‌Home Screen‌. If you long press on a widget in the Today View, you will see an Edit ‌Home Screen‌ option in the popup menu. Tapping this enters jiggle mode, and from there you can drag ‌widgets‌ out of the Today View and place them anywhere on the ‌Home Screen

When in jiggle mode, notice the plus (+) button in the top-left corner of the screen. You'll find the same button appear if you long press on a blank area of the ‌ Home Screen ‌ or any additional page of apps. Tapping this button opens the Widget Gallery, where you can add and customize ‌widgets‌

In the Widget Gallery, you can search for a specific widget or scroll through the available options. Tapping on a widget in the list lets you see the size and content options that are available for the widget. To add a widget to the Today View or the ‌Home Screen‌, select it, choose a size (small, medium, or large), and then tap the Add Widget button.

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Widget Sizes and Other Functions

When you customize a new widget, you will notice that the larger the size of the widget, the more content it can display. In the Weather widget, for example, the smallest widget shows the current conditions, while the largest displays the forecast for the next few days.

Bear in mind that bigger ‌widgets‌ take up more space on your ‌Home Screen‌. A small widget takes up the space of four apps in a square shape, but a medium widget takes up the space of eight apps in a rectangle shape, and a large widget takes up the space of 16 apps in a square shape

Some apps also have different widget options based on function. In the ‌Apple News‌ widget, for example, you can choose to see relevant news from the day or get stories about a specific topic of interest. You can change this function on an existing ‌Apple News‌ widget anytime. Just long press on the widget and then select Edit "News."

When you have got some ‌widgets‌ on your ‌Home Screen‌, you can move them around, just like apps. Simply long press on the screen to enter jiggle mode and then drag a widget around with your finger.

Suggestions Widget

In the Widget Gallery, if you scroll down to the list section you will see a ‌Siri‌ Suggestions widget. This dynamic widget displays app suggestions based on your ‌‌iPhone‌‌ usage habits, similar to what shows up under ‌‌Siri‌‌ Suggestions when you use an ‌‌iPhone‌‌'s search function.

Widget Stacks

With widget stacks, you can stack multiple ‌widgets‌ on top of one another, so you can put all of your favorites together and then swap between them with an upward or downward swipe of the finger.

Apple has also added a special "Smart Stack," which is a widget stack that uses ‌Siri‌ Intelligence to surface the most relevant and useful widget based on your ‌iPhone‌ usage habits.

Third Party Widgets

Apple is allowing developers to create their own ‌Home Screen‌ ‌widgets‌ to augment in-app functions, so keep an eye out for available ‌widgets‌ for your most loved third-party apps.

Source: macrumors.com

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