IOS 14 home screen widgets have proven to be very popular, and while they are also available on iPadOS 14, there is a major limitation. On the iPad, widgets can only be added to the Now view sidebar, but a new concept describes what the iPad home screen will look like if that changes.
While iOS 14 widgets can be added directly to your home screen and mixed and matched to apps across multiple pages, that is not the case with iPadOS 14. On the iPad, new widgets can only be added to Now view, which will appear along the left side of the first screen of the homepage.
Matt Birchler’s new concept describes what “proper widget support”; might look like on the iPad. In this scenario, you will be able to add widgets directly to your iPad’s home screen and integrate widgets with traditional app icons.
Fun fact, did you know that depending on your iPad size, mode, and orientation, your icons will be 38, 46, 58, 62, 64, 68, 76, 88, 96, 102, 118, or 137 score away in the UI? That’s true! This idea that the icon grid is somehow fixed and cannot be changed does not back up how the home screen works. My solution really reduces the variation in spacing we have today, somewhat ironically making the grid more consistent than it is today.
Here is a video view of how iPad home screen widgets work:
The desire for iPad home screen widgets is clear there, with over 90% of respondents in a 9to5Mac poll saying you should “fully” place iPad widgets wherever you want. It will probably come in an upcoming update on iPadOS, like iPadOS 15, but for now, it is not possible.
Another missing feature on the iPad with iPadOS 14 is the App Library. On the iPhone, the App Library stores all your downloaded applications, meaning you don’t have to keep every app on your home screen. Whether or not it will come to the iPad with a future software update remains to be seen.
What do you think of this concept? Should you place iPad widgets on the home screen? Let us know in the comments.
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