iPadOS 15 widgets: home screen placement, larger sizes, widget suggestions and more

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 widgets have gained a number of new features. A number of new widgets for built-in apps are available in the mobile operating systems, while widget stack has received smart suggestions to help users discover more widgets. iPadOS 15 finally supports home screen widget placement alongside apps now and also has larger-sized widgets which are not available on any other platform.

Everything new with widgets in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

The widget selection view in iPadOS 15 has been completely redone and makes it much easier to browse through widget sizes and place them on the home screen.

iOS 15 iPadOS 15 widgets

When a widget stack is used, the selection view has changed. Users can easily scroll up and down to view selected widgets, rearrange them or remove them from the stack. There are two other options for stacks: one which enables or disables smart rotate, and another which enables or disables smart widget suggestions. This new update is available for both iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

iOS 15 widget suggestions stack

Apple has also added support for larger widget sizes which take double the space of previously large-sized widgets. This fits well on the iPad’s large display. Apple has added this size to some of its own widgets, including the new ones that it has created for built-in apps.

iPadOS 15 large widgets

The new iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 built-in widgets include the following:

  • Find My
  • Contacts
  • Game Center
  • App Store
  • Mail
  • Sleep (iOS 15 only)

Our Take

While the new widgets are a major step ahead, especially for iPad users, they are still not interactive. Developers can program certain areas of the widgets to open various sections within apps, but no interactive controls mean that you cannot tap on a button on a widget to enable or disable a function. The placement for widgets on iPadOS 15 is also somewhat limited, just like iOS 15. All widgets align to the top-left corner of the display which means that you cannot have any empty space. You still have to rely on various workarounds and use third-party widgets to create empty space.

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