Apple recently announced iOS 14. With its arrival, this fall comes an overhaul of the Home screen. Since the original release, the overall design of the Home screen has been the same.

Inline Widgets

Similar to the Android operating system, iOS 14 allows widgets to exist on the Home screen next to the other apps and folders. The widgets come in all shapes and sizes. However, more information is available with bigger widgets. Press and hold the app icon to open up the Edit Home Screen menu. Select the + icon to bring up the Widget Browser. The widgets are searchable, and a suggested list of them will appear at the top of the list.

Some examples include Batteries, Fitness, Up Next (based on your calendar), and others. Once added to your screen, widgets can be moved and configured to your liking. If you want multiple widgets together, iOS 14 allows users to create Widget Stacks. In addition, Smart Stacks will automatically change a widget displayed, based on your usage and time of day. This is similar to the Siri Suggestions feature currently available on iOS 13.

Easier Sorting Of Apps

Apple Library groups the apps on your device by a variety of criteria. For example, it will lump recently added apps to a group or all your social media apps to a group. In addition, iOS 14 allows users to choose what apps appear on the home screen. Select and holding an app will only present an option to remove it, not to delete it. There is also a new setting that allows newly installed apps to not show up on the Home screen.

These are pretty significant changes for Apple. The hope with these changes is to make the user experience more streamlined. As of writing, there isn’t a release date from iOS 14. Usually it is in the fall, right after they announce the new iPhone lineup. If you want to get tour hands on the iOS 14 beta, click here.

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