The newly launched iPadOS 15 takes advantage of the large iPad screen by brings new extra-large widgets which offer more information and customization options. The latest software update also allows users to place widgets among apps on the Home Screen, and features new widgets for Find My, Contacts, App Store, Game Center, and Mail, intelligent widgets suggestions which appear automatically in the Smart Stack, and suggested layouts include most used widgets to be arranged on the Home Screen.
Widgets were first introduced in iOS 14 that repositioned them from the Today View section to the Home Screen amongst the apps. They provide useful information about users’ most frequently used apps at a glance without opening the app. Here are some of the apps which now offer extra-large widgets for iPad.
Twelve apps on iPadOS 15 with the new ‘Extra-Large’ widgets
The popular weather app, CARROT Weather app by Grailr LLC has been updated to offer the new larger widgets. The new widgets are included in the free version of the app.
Supersized iPad Widgets
My Forecast and Maps widgets take full advantage of the increased screen real estate in the supersized iPad widgets. (Automatic background updates require a Premium Club membership; the Maps widget requires Premium Ultra.)
YouTube Music iPad app takes advantage of the larger iPad screen by offering an XL widget which shows recently listened to albums/songs, and the currently playing song.
Google’s photos and videos storage app, Google Photos uses the new iPad widget to show pictures directly from the users’ library on their Home Screen.
The extra larger widget of the digital trip planner, the Tripsy app shows an overview of all the scheduled activities planned for a trip.
Popular Launcher app with multiple widgets now shows more, up to 24 icons, apps on the extra-large widget on iPad Home Screen.
The vocabulary-building app, LookUp uses the iPadOS 15’s new XL widget to show more words in addition to users’ selected ones on their iPad Home Screens.
RSS reader app, Lire has been updated to support the iPadOS 15 XL widget to articles from other websites on users Home Screens.
Updated Memento app for everyday reminders now shows more reminders on users’ iPad Home Screen. The extra-large widget shows upcoming and overdue reminders at a glance.
Things 3 app is updated to not only offer XL widgets but also customization options.
We’ve added two new extra-large widgets for the iPad’s big screen:
- The first, called “Up Next”, helps you stay on top of your schedule. It shows your to-dos for Today, Tomorrow, and the two days after that.
- The second is the extra-large “List” widget. It shows a single list, but in two columns so you can see more to-dos at a glance.
Things’ widgets have proven super popular. Many of you have written in to say you’d like more customization options, so we’ve added two improvements that we think you’ll enjoy:
- By default, the “+” button saves a new to-do to your Inbox. You can now change this to the currently-displayed list: tap & hold the widget, then choose Edit. You can also hide the button entirely.
- By default, Things’ widgets follow the system’s light/dark setting, but many of you told us that you prefer your widgets to be always dark. You can now control this behavior in Things > Settings > Appearance. We’ve also added a beautiful Black theme.
Apollo Reddit app for iPadOS has also received the XL widget treatment. The large widget can be used to display posts from the home feed or any subreddit of choice.
Users can download the apps on their iPad via the App Store and existing users will have to update their apps to enjoy the new extra-large widgets on iPadOS 15.
The digital financial tracker, MoneyCoach offers an XL widget on iPad to display more stats like daily limit and more.
The calendar and tasks app, Fantastical now allows users to add more birthday dates to display on the larger iPad widget.
So please go ahead and add as many widgets to your Today view! Your private data will be accessible to you alone.
Continuing our discussion on widgets, iPad enthusiasts will be pleased to know that they can now take advantage of extra large widgets on their devices. Use Fantastical’s larger calendar widget to clearly see where you are in the current month, and see even more events than usual in the item list to the right.
With Cardhop, you can fit even more contact birthdays into a single widget, and choose to display them with the date, or with a countdown to the birthday. With all this additional space, there really is no excuse for forgetting anyone’s birthday now!