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Your iPhone ($699 at Amazon) home screen has looked and worked pretty much the same way for the last 13 years, but all that’s set to change now that Apple has . After you on a , you’ll have more options and features to personalize your home screen than you’ve ever had with iOS before.
Taking cues from core features, Apple has focused much of the iOS 14 update on making the home screen simpler to organize, with more customization options, smarter suggestions and leaner, faster app experiences. The end result is a mobile operating system that does more to
- With iOS 14, you can finally customize your iPhone’s home screen with widgets.
- Widgets are essentially larger app icons that display information and photos that update throughout the day.
- Although Apple offers a selection of customization options, the app Widgetsmith lets you get even more creative by changing the color and font of your widgets.
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Apple’s iOS 14 update brought a feature iPhone fans have long wanted — the ability to customize and personalize the home screen.
The new update, which launched on September 16, finally made it possible to add widgets to the main iPhone home screen, turning your iPhone’s default landing page into much more than just a hub for your apps.
Apple also gave widgets a fresh new look in iOS 14 with different size options and an improved design that shows more information at a glance.
Widgets are essentially
Apple spells out the significance of its new iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates right in the release notes. iOS 14 “updates the core experience of iPhone” thanks to redesigned widgets that can be placed anywhere on your home screen and a new App Library feature for managing app overload and organization. iPadOS 14 is a bit less grand in scope, with Apple saying that it “introduces new Apple Pencil features and redesigned apps that take advantage of iPad’s large multi-touch display.” One marks the biggest shift for the iPhone in years, and the other continues to augment the creativity and productivity power of Apple’s tablets.
For both platforms, the new software includes a long list of improvements to Messages, Maps, the Music app, Siri, and more. And Apple continues its quest to put privacy at the center of everything, with new protections for your personal data and indicators that
Microsoft has today announced plans to bring a new design to its Outlook for Mac app along with several other improvements and features for Outlook on iOS and watchOS.
In preparation for the public release of macOS Big Sur, Microsoft has been testing a new design for Outlook on Mac. The design includes Microsoft’s Fluent icons and several design cues from Big Sur such as rounded corners. To make the design more simple, Microsoft’s Ribbon interface has been removed. The end product is an amalgam of the design languages of Apple and Microsoft.
Reading and writing emails has been improved with the implementation of a new mail compose UI, single-line views, and an “ignore” feature. Collapsible panels and a compressible message list allow for greater customization of the main view.
Outlook’s contacts system has also been tweaked, with separation of contacts and co-workers within events and emails, detection of frequent
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.
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