A much underrated aspect and yet improved in a major manner by Apple for iOS 10 on their smartphones is the Apple Widgets. Before, you could only find widgets solely on the notification center. Now, with just a swipe or two from the right or from above, you pretty much get a lot of widgets from iOS.
Whether you’re swiping your lock screen on the right side, on your home screen, or pulling down the notification center, you’ll find all the widgets there for easy access. But since there are literally hundreds of these thingy beauties on any iPhone, we decided to focus on those that are the most useful and the best ones as well, of course depending on your workflow or your personal needs.
Copied is a really useful clipboard manager that allows you to save text, links, and images that you’ve copied from the web, or any app on your device. To make things better, Copied allows you instant access to the latest entries in your clipboard. You can view, manage, and quick copy your latest clippings directly from the widget.
Actually Android powered, Go Launcher is a mighty useful tool for speeding up your workflow. Go Launcher offers a convenient customizable widget that allows you to create shortcuts for your most used apps, most visited websites, favorite contacts, and even offers an extension for Safari URL schemes.
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gTasks syncs your Gmail and Google Tasks across all your Apple devices, allowing you to view all your to-do’s and calendar entries in one place. The app also has a neat widget that shows all your due tasks for the day.
No, this isn’t a Shaquille widget; it instantly accesses songs or images through quick access to Shazam’s powerful search engine for songs and artists. You suddenly hear a song you either hear for the first time or just forgot the title to? Instead of firing the app, save yourself a few taps and then use the widget later. Wham, shazam, presto! You got the name of your song!
The iOS version app for Wikipedia has two neat widgets under its belt: Continue Reading and Top Read. As the names suggest, the first one shows you the last article you’ve read, allowing you to easily get back into it by just tapping the text, while the second one displays the 3 top read articles on the Wikipedia, along with their respective page views. Great for those with a knack for learning.
Countdowns will help you count down those important events you need to attend or simply just the end of the workday. Of course, don’t forget birthdays and other special occasions as well (now there’s no reason to forget your wedding anniversary and anger the wifey). You can also keep track of how much time has elapsed since the last time you did something important or last attended an event.
This is a nifty app for the little things you might often forget like the lock combination of your travel suitcase, ID numbers, unimportant passwords, and other things related to this. Instead of typing entire lines of text and spelling everything out, however, Cheatsheet will have you enter cryptic phrases, and with the help of a little icon beside them, will hopefully jog your memory well enough.
Of course, there are other really good widgets from iOS, depending on what you really need.