IPhone users have discovered widgets (micro-applications that are displayed on the screen) and a certain fever has been unleashed. This function, which has come from the hand of the new operating system iOS 14, allows to equip the device with a series of windows or cards, with real-time update, through which it is possible to know from the temperature to what foreseeable possible action we carry out thanks to the learning carried out by the algorithm.
The widgets (interactive modules) have long been on Android mobiles, but as often happens when Apple takes something, the impact on the community has been such that even Pinterest has been overwhelmed by an unusual number of downloads from users looking for ideas.
What are ‘widgets’ and why are they important?
The widgets are small cards that are placed at the discretion of the user, on the screens of mobile; the main characteristic is that they offer direct information, since it is not necessary to run the application, and they update themselves.
Android phone owners are well aware of this feature, as it has been on the platform for several years.
It does not seem that the delay has made iPhone users bad, who seem to have gone crazy with this key that allows extreme customization of the device in levels not seen until now.
“The aesthetics of the iOS home screen have remained basically the same since 2007 and the launch of the first iPhone,” explains Chance Miller, editor of the well-known blog 9to5Mac, “and thanks to iOS 14, for the first time, users can do something more than seeing a simple grid of applications “.
And it is that Apple, without leaving much of the script – it maintains the essence and simplicity of the platform – allows whoever wants to, can design their own at will and according to their needs.
In this sense, the well-known youtuber Marques Brownlee refers in a video dedicated to the effect to “ three levels ” of personalization, depending on the user’s abilities and their desire to break with the aesthetics of the mobile.
The first level would consist of adding interactive modules native to the platform, such as the weather forecast and battery level; Those who want to move to a second level could do so by using third-party developers who are gradually arriving through applications in the App Store. But the most striking would be the third level, the most complex of all, which allows a complete turn to the aesthetics of the iPhone interface.
How to ‘brand new’ iPhone thanks to widgets
In addition to the three levels described above by Brownlee, we must not ignore a fourth leave the iPhone as it is and without adding anything. “The interactive modules are optional”, clarifies Eduardo Archanco, from the Applesfera blog, and for those who optionally dare to venture with them.
It is a good idea to think about the apps that we consult frequently and several times a day if that app has a widget , surely we can configure it to add it to the home screen in a format that is comfortable for us Keep in mind that going back is very simple: “If after a few days you are not convinced, you can always eliminate them.