In iOS 14, Apple introduced the “home screen concept” widgets that provide information from applications at a glance. Gadgets can be attached to the home screen in different locations and sizes, allowing for many different layouts.
Despite the relative lack of third-party gadgets at launch, iOS users around the world are busy customizing their home screens and sharing their work with others.
I spent about an hour in my 😅 pic.twitter.com/BLMfFl2njq – Ben Zhu (@ BenZhu8) September 20, 2020
(In addition to using gadgets for iOS 1
On Twitter, the hashtag # iOS14HomeScreen began to unfold this weekend with users showing off their latest creations. MacRumors followers also shared their creations on Twitter and in this forum topic.
Some major brands have already released gadget support, including IMDB,, Google, and Pulling. However, Spotify is especially absent in early support applications TuneTrack meanwhile, it now offers support for the Spotify Play Now widget.
One of the early widget apps that saw great popularity was Widgetsmith [Free] which offers the ability to create gadgets along with customizing the style. Widgetsmith allows you to create custom small, medium or large widgets with time, date, photos, custom text, upcoming events, reminders and health and activity. Widgetsmith also offers Weather and Tide widgets as part of their premium subscription package, which costs $ 1.99 / month or $ 19.99 / year.
The flexibility of the tool made it popular among the screenshots on the home screen of iOS 14 that go around the web. Taken to the extreme, you can see highly stylized home screens:
pic.twitter.com/kW6lNGNavO – Apple (@appleparody_usa) September 20, 2020
Another popular choice we have seen is ColorWidgets [Free] which offers a free time widget and battery with many colorful styles. Some premium styles are also available for a one-time purchase of $ 3.99.
Time is a popular type of widget that has already seen a number of supporting applications. There are certainly more things we missed, but in particular, our own Dark Apple does not yet support gadgets.
There are also a number of early gadgets we’ve come across, and here’s a short list.
Fitness and nutrition equipment
- Fitbod – Workout tracking. Free with IAP
- FoodNoms – Track food and calories. Free with IAP
- Stripes – Forming habits every day. $ 4.99
- Zones – Workout tracking. Free with IAP
- Time blocks – Dayplanner that shows you what’s next. $ 3.99
We will continue to cover remarkable widgets when they are released. For a deeper dive, please visit our Twitter thread where we asked for widget recommendations and follow the third-party gadget thread in our iOS 14 forum.