fbpx

iOS 14: First Thoughts on Widgets

As you probably know, Apple introduced iOS 14 this past week. You can read more about if on Apple’s site. Now this is not available to the public yet, as it is in very early stages of beta. Usually I do not put the first beta on my devices, but I couldn’t wait. After reading about the widgets on the home screen as well as other features, I had to install it. This could be dangerous, but it turns out, so far, this beta is pretty stable on my iPhone. Whew!

So what do I like about iOS 14? A lot! I’ve been waiting for a refresh of the Home Screen, and that is what we have, among other features. I can now place a calendar widget on my Home Screen, as well as a weather widget, activity widget, reminders, widget, and more. Apple really did a nice job with these. What struck me about them is the animation on opening and closing them, as well as when you want to edit the setting.s If you are familiar with the Dashboard on macOS, this widgets work the same way when editing them – they do a little flip to get to the editing controls. It’s like Apple paid a homage to the Dashboard, which is no longer available in macOS Catalina.

Of course there are other features too, such as tapping on the back of the iPhone to access specific features, and the library. With the library, you can even view all of your apps as a list! I’ll have more coming out on these features in the future, but at first I thought I’d show you how I like these widgets.

Free Membership

I am offering a free account for 30 days - totally free! No payment information is needed or asked for. You'll have instant access for 30 days, no strings attached.
Scroll to Top
[mepr-membership-registration-form id="25875"]
<div class="mp_wrapper"> <form class="mepr-signup-form mepr-form" method="post" action="/ios-14-first-thoughts-on-widgets/#mepr_jump" novalidate> <input type="hidden" name="mepr_process_signup_form" value="1" /> <input type="hidden" name="mepr_product_id" value="25875" /> <input type="hidden" name="mepr_transaction_id" value="" /> <div class="mp-form-row mepr_bold mepr_price"> <div class="mepr_price_cell_label">Price:</div> <div class="mepr_price_cell"> Free for 30 days. Enter your name, email address, and create a password to sign up. </div> </div> <div class="mp-form-row mepr_first_name"> <div class="mp-form-label"> <label for="user_first_name2">First Name:*</label> <span class="cc-error">First Name Required</span> </div> <input type="text" name="user_first_name" id="user_first_name2" class="mepr-form-input" value="" required /> </div> <div class="mp-form-row mepr_last_name"> <div class="mp-form-label"> <label for="user_last_name2">Last Name:*</label> <span class="cc-error">Last Name Required</span> </div> <input type="text" name="user_last_name" id="user_last_name2" class="mepr-form-input" value="" required /> </div> <input type="hidden" class="mepr-geo-country" name="mepr-geo-country" value="" /> <div class="mp-form-row mepr_email"> <div class="mp-form-label"> <label for="user_email2">Email:*</label> <span class="cc-error">Invalid Email</span> </div> <input type="email" name="user_email" id="user_email2" class="mepr-form-input" value="" required /> </div> <div class="mp-form-row mepr_password"> <div class="mp-form-label"> <label for="mepr_user_password2">Password:*</label> <span class="cc-error">Invalid Password</span> </div> <input type="password" name="mepr_user_password" id="mepr_user_password2" class="mepr-form-input mepr-password" value="" required /> </div> <div class="mp-form-row mepr_password_confirm"> <div class="mp-form-label"> <label for="mepr_user_password_confirm2">Password Confirmation:*</label> <span class="cc-error">Password Confirmation Doesn't Match</span> </div> <input type="password" name="mepr_user_password_confirm" id="mepr_user_password_confirm2" class="mepr-form-input mepr-password-confirm" value="" required /> </div> <div class="mp-form-row mepr_math_captcha"> <div class="mp-form-label"> <label for="meprmath_quiz"><span id="meprmath_captcha-5f0204f79baec"></span>*</label> </div> <input type="text" name="meprmath_quiz" id="meprmath_quiz" value="" class="mepr-form-input" /> <input type="hidden" name="meprmath_data" value="MDc4YTc5Nzg5OWQ2YmQ3MTdkMTU5NDdkYzIzNTVlMmI=" /> <script> function mepr_base64_decode(encodedData) { var decodeUTF8string = function(str) { // Going backwards: from bytestream, to percent-encoding, to original string. return decodeURIComponent(str.split('').map(function(c) { return '%' + ('00' + c.charCodeAt(0).toString(16)).slice(-2) }).join('')) } if (typeof window !== 'undefined') { if (typeof window.atob !== 'undefined') { return decodeUTF8string(window.atob(encodedData)) } } else { return new Buffer(encodedData, 'base64').toString('utf-8') } var b64 = 'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=' var o1 var o2 var o3 var h1 var h2 var h3 var h4 var bits var i = 0 var ac = 0 var dec = '' var tmpArr = [] if (!encodedData) { return encodedData } encodedData += '' do { // unpack four hexets into three octets using index points in b64 h1 = b64.indexOf(encodedData.charAt(i++)) h2 = b64.indexOf(encodedData.charAt(i++)) h3 = b64.indexOf(encodedData.charAt(i++)) h4 = b64.indexOf(encodedData.charAt(i++)) bits = h1 << 18 | h2 << 12 | h3 << 6 | h4 o1 = bits >> 16 & 0xff o2 = bits >> 8 & 0xff o3 = bits & 0xff if (h3 === 64) { tmpArr[ac++] = String.fromCharCode(o1) } else if (h4 === 64) { tmpArr[ac++] = String.fromCharCode(o1, o2) } else { tmpArr[ac++] = String.fromCharCode(o1, o2, o3) } } while (i < encodedData.length) dec = tmpArr.join('') return decodeUTF8string(dec.replace(/\0+$/, '')) } jQuery(document).ready(function() { document.getElementById("meprmath_captcha-5f0204f79baec").innerHTML=mepr_base64_decode("NiArIDIgZXF1YWxzPw=="); }); </script> </div> <input type="hidden" id="mepr_coupon_code-25875" name="mepr_coupon_code" value="" /> <div class="mepr-transaction-invoice-wrapper" style="padding-top:10px"> <span class="mepr-invoice-loader mepr-hidden"> <img src="https://www.danstutorials.com/wp-includes/js/thickbox/loadingAnimation.gif" title="Loading icon" width="100" height="10" /> </span> <div> <!-- Transaction Invoice shows up here --> </div> </div> <div class="mp-form-row"> <div class="mepr-mailpoet-signup-field"> <div id="mepr-mailpoet-checkbox"> <input type="checkbox" name="meprmailpoet_opt_in" id="meprmailpoet_opt_in" class="mepr-form-checkbox" checked='checked' /> <span class="mepr-mailpoet-message">Sign up for my newsletter</span> </div> <div id="mepr-mailpoet-privacy"> <small> We Respect Your Privacy </small> </div> </div> </div> <div class="mp-form-row mepr_invisible_recaptcha"> </div> <div class="mepr_spacer">&nbsp;</div> <div class="mp-form-submit"> <label for="mepr_no_val" class="mepr-visuallyhidden">No val</label> <input type="text" id="mepr_no_val" name="mepr_no_val" class="mepr-form-input mepr-visuallyhidden mepr_no_val mepr-hidden" autocomplete="off" /> <input type="submit" class="mepr-submit" value="Sign Up" /> <img src="https://www.danstutorials.com/wp-admin/images/loading.gif" style="display: none;" class="mepr-loading-gif" title="Loading icon" /> <span class="mepr-form-has-errors">Please fix the errors above</span> </div> </form> </div>