Launcher is bringing its customizable widgets to iOS 14 with new performance, together with the flexibility to rotate a widget’s icons by date, time and even location. It additionally helps customizable widget backgrounds, icons of various sizes or these with no labels for a cleaner look.
The app, which first debuted in 2014, had been well-known for being one of many few to push the envelope when it got here to the performance provided by Apple’s basic Today View widgets. In the years since, the app served because the launchpad for widespread duties — like messaging a favourite contact, calling residence, getting instructions, taking part in your favourite music and far more proper from the Today View.
Now you are able to do the identical from your own home display screen, however with a extra customizable expertise that matches your present iOS 14 theme.
Apple wasn’t fairly certain what to consider Launcher again in 2014.
The app had as soon as been banned from the App Store for a number of months as a result of its sole cause for existence was to be a Today View widget supplier, with out providing different performance past widget configuration. Apple finally determined that Launcher had worth, regardless of this limitation, and allowed it again in.
What’s extra, Apple later realized there was a marketplace for workflow automation and finally acquired a Launcher competitor of kinds, Workflow, which was became Apple’s Shortcuts app and expanded to incorporate extra performance — like Siri integration, as an example.
Now, with the discharge of iOS 14, Apple has totally embraced the concept of customizable widgets for the house display screen. Meanwhile, customers are leveraging Shortcuts to create customized icons, then constructing inventive residence display screen themes utilizing a customized mixture of widgets, icons and wallpapers.
Launcher, nonetheless, presents a less complicated different for many who don’t wish to spend hours making a personalized expertise.
Instead, you may create a widget with favourite apps and duties, change the widget’s background shade and regulate the icons’ measurement in a single go.
For instance, now you can create Launcher widgets that allow you to faucet an icon to right away name, message, FaceTime or e mail a favourite contact; get instructions to a location; begin taking part in an artist, album or playlist in Apple Music; entry a favourite web site; launch actions inside apps (like Compose Tweet or Run Shortcut); flip widespread cellphone settings on or off (like WiFi, Bluetooth, Low Power Mode, DND, Airplane mode, and so forth.); or launch every other app in your system.