When Apple released iOS 14 to the public a couple of weeks ago it gave everyone the chance to put widgets onto their Home screen for the first time. People are loving the feature, but the fact that it didn’t come to iPadOS 14 still puzzles many of us.
So much so that someone created a pretty great concept that shows why Apple should bring Home screen widgets to the iPad.
The concept shows not only how widgets could look on an iPad, but how they would work as well. Interestingly, it seems iPadOS 14 already has the required icon layout needed to make Home screen widgets work.
Fun fact, did you know that depending on your iPad size, mode, and orientation, your icons will be either 38, 46, 58, 62, 64, 68, 76, 88, 96, 102, 118, or 137 points apart in the UI? It’s true! This idea that the icon grid is in any way fixed and can not change is not backed up by how the home screen already works. My solution actually reduces the variance in spacing that we have today, somewhat ironically making the grid more consistent than it is today.
We’d love to see Apple bring these kinds of widgets to the iPad rather than keeping them hidden in the Today area. Hopefully Apple is already working on it, but the fact it wasn’t part of iOS 14 suggests that might not be the case, unfortunately.
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