Apple has already brought widgets closer to its users as part of a desktop separate from the home screen, but with iOS 14 these small informative and interactive elements take a very important step in becoming part of the iPhone user experience. .
Here Apple adapts what we have already seen on Android for years and is even reminiscent of the animated tiles of Windows 8: widgets can be included on the home screen with different sizes and formats to integrate more or less information and thus adapt to each user.
The iPhone lives not only from icons
Although they will still be able to be used as part of the Today view on the iPhone, but with this novelty, these widgets can take possession of the home screen, mistaking them for application icons.
The iOS desktop can therefore be a fully customizable mix of larger or smaller widgets and icons – which do not change size – to be able to access these interactive elements more directly than ever.
To add any widget we can access a “gallery of widgets” from which we can add and customize its appearance on the screen, and there is even for example a new widget called “Smart Stack” that allows displaying certain applications more relevant than others based on the hour of the day.