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iOS 14 Widgets Gives Users Chance to Channel Inner Creativity

Nearly a month ago, Apple Inc. released their fourteenth iOS system update for their products. The update provided users with a multitude of new features such as an app library, picture in picture allowing one to use other apps while watching a video, pinned conversations in Messages, and more. But, one feature in particular has Apple users channeling their originality. Widgets.

Nearly a month ago, Apple Inc. released their fourteenth iOS system update for their products. The update provided users with a multitude of new features such as an app library, picture in picture allowing one to use other apps while watching a video, pinned conversations in Messages, and more. 

But, one feature in particular has Apple users channeling their originality. Widgets.

The brand new feature allows users to add widgets to the homescreen, choose different sizes, and design their phone screen anyway they want. Apps like Widgetsmith, Photo Widget, and Color Widgets let users add a calendar, photos, reminders, weather report, and more to their home screens. On top of that, the Shortcuts app gives users the ability to change the image of app icons like Instagram, Twitter, and more.

With this space for creativity, Apple users all over the world have spent hours using their imaginations to design their versions of the best looking home screen layout. People have even taken it to social media like TikTok and Twitter to show off who has the best home screen. 

The before and after of an iOS home screen redecoration.

TikTokers have created a trend to flex their new phone screens and how long it took them to create it. From color coding apps on each page to decorating with aesthetically pleasing pictures, each home screen is unique in its own way. If you haven’t already designed your home screen, here are a few examples of iOS 14 home screens and ideas you can use to make your own:

  1. The Spirit of the Seasons

The fall has begun which means it’s harvest season! With leaves changing colors and halloween approaching, the color orange represents the season of fall. What better way to get in the spirit of the new season than to decorate your phone for fall? This person used an orange color scheme with pumpkins to accessorize their home screen. For future seasons like Winter, you could use a snow or Christmas theme.

  1. Neon Lights

If you’re interested in a bright, vivid look to match your personality, a neon based home screen is best suited for you. This user changed every app icon to neon outlined images creating a glowing, illuminant look on top of a plain black wallpaper to give the phone a cool vibe.

  1. Celebrity Themed

Everyone has their own favorite celebrity that they look up to and idolize. One way people admire their icon is by using a picture of them as their wallpaper, but with the new update, you can dedicate your entire phone screen to them. This person dedicated their home screen to Beyonce, making app icons and the wallpaper different photos of her from her newest visual album ‘Black is King.’

  1. Nude is the New Black

One idea that has been popular with designing home screens is replacing app icons with the same outline but a different background color. This home screen changed apps like Facebook’s blue icon and made it a light tan color. This nude and neutral colored theme gives off a calm and delightful look. Center your home screen around pastel and nude colors to create a beautiful new layout.

  1. Color Coded

Another way to decorate your home screen layout is to organize your apps by color. The color coordination gives a sense of order and neatness that is appealing to the eye. Similar to the neon theme above, this person used images with neon lights. But, each page is based on one color so all of the red apps are on one page, blue apps are on the blue page, and so on.

Along with everything else it has to offer, the iOS 14 update is as popular as the legendary iOS 7 update was. Launched in 2014, iOS 7 changed the entire layout for Apple products with redesigned app icons, camera filters, the notification center, and more. The transition to iOS 7 created a brand new look for Apple just like iOS 14 has. Maybe Apple plans to add a long-lasting feature every seventh update which gives users something to look forward to for iOS 21. But until then, have fun editing your home screen with widgets, images, and more.

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