If you’re a devout iPhone user but also rely on Google Calendar to manage your schedule over Apple’s default offering, there’s an awesome new feature for the iOS app that might make your busy day a bit easier. A new update to the Google Calendar app introduces support for iOS’s Today View widgets, those mini app features that can be found to the left of the lock screen. This means instead of opening the app, a glance at your upcoming events are just a swipe away.
When you add Google Calendar to the Today View, the by default the widget will display the next two upcoming events. This can be expanded by tapping the “Show More” button, allowing a total of six events to be displayed.
Alternatively, instead of swiping over to the Today View from the home or lock screen, iPhone 6s and 7 users can use a 3D Touch gesture on the app icon to view this same schedule preview.
That’s really all there is to it. It may not sound like much, especially since by default Apple’s Calendar app has both Today and What’s Next widgets, but this is the first time Google Calendar has had any widget, and for those users easier access to their schedule is always a nice option.
The app widget shows two upcoming events by default
The widget can be extended to see up to four upcoming events
Google Calendar app for iOS has finally received a feature that should have ideally been added long time ago by the company – the Today Widget. While iOS has been supporting widgets for some time now, the search giant has only now added the Today Widget to its Calendar app on the platform that allows users to see the upcoming events from the home screen itself.
With Google Calendar for iOS version 2.4.0 update, which is already available in the App Store, Google has added support for Today Widget to the calendar app and users will now be able to see two upcoming events by default in the Today View section, as pointed out in a report by 9To5Mac. This can further be expanded to see four upcoming events.
Notably, Google Calendar users can also get a glance of upcoming events on iPhone 6s and later by using 3D Touch – hard pressing the app’s icon on the Home screen. In order to add the Today Widget, just like you add other widgets, you will need to swipe right from the Home screen and tap on the edit button at the bottom of the screen.
“Today Widget – Get a quick look at your day’s events directly in the Today View of your iPhone or iPadthanks to the new Calendar widget,” the company said in its changelog for the update.
Let us know in comment section down below if you will be using the widget going ahead or think that there are other calendar apps that offer more utility.
Keeping track of birthdays, meetings and other important events just got a lot easier for iPhone and iPad users.
Google has released a new Today widget for iOS designed to help you stay on top of your busy schedule.
The feature will bring up a quick view of the next two events in your diary for the day when you swipe right from the home or lock screen.
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Keeping track of birthdays, meetings and other important events just got a lot easier for iPhone and iPad users, thanks to Google’s new Today widget (pictured)
The widget was introduced to the App Store with the release of the latest version of Google Calendar, version 2.4.0, released on July 6.
This is the first time Google Calendar has released a widget for iOS, nearly three years after widgets first launched on the operating system.
It features a Show More button in the top right hand corner that will reveal another two upcoming dates.
These may be from the following day, if you have two or fewer events planned for today according to reports in 9to5Mac.
To access the widget, you will need to update to the latest version of Calendar.
Once installed, you can add it by swiping right from the Home screen and tapping the Edit button at the bottom of the search screen.
On the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, the preview can also be accessed by using the 3D Touch gesture on the Google Calendar icon.
To do so, you simply push down hard on the Google Calendar home screen icon.
Announcing the new feature on Twitter, a Google spokesman said: ‘Get your day at a glance, right from your homescreen thanks to our new Today widget for iOS.’
Google recently updated its Calendar app to include a Families feature.
The feature will bring up a quick view of the next two events in your diary for the day when you swipe right from the home or lock screen (pictured)
The widget was introduced to the App Store with the release of the latest version of Google Calendar, version 2.4.0, released on July 6 (pictured)
Announcing the new feature on Twitter (pictured), a Google spokesman said: ‘Get your day at a glance, right from your homescreen thanks to our new Today widget for iO.’
Writing on a blog post about the service Anita Yuen, director of product management lead for families at Google, said: ‘Popcorn. Snuggles. Sniffles. Families share a lot of stuff.
‘And now we’re making it even easier to share and stay connected with each other by giving you more to do with your family group on Google.
‘Now whether it’s a new TV show on your DVR, the soccer practice schedule, this week’s to-do list, or family photos from over the weekend, families can do more with YouTube TV, Google Calendar, Keep and Photos.’
GOOGLE’S NEW FAMILIES FEATURE LETS YOU EASILY SHARE DATES AND REMINDERS
Sharing content and keeping track of important events with your family just got a lot easier, thanks to a new feature being introduced by Google.
The firm’s Families option allows you to send multimedia, including photos, notes, and dates for your diary, with multiple people at the click of a button.
The feature will expand upon sharing options currently available on some of the company’s key apps.
A new ‘family group’ option will appear in Google Photos (pictured), allowing videos and images to be shared with the group with a few taps of the screen
Google already offers the option to share Android apps, movies, music, ebooks and YouTube TV shows with your family.
The new Families feature brings together these existing functions and adds additional apps under one umbrella.
Families will allow you to create a group of up to six people, including yourself, that will enable one click sharing across a number of useful apps.
This includes Google Calendar, the Keep note app, and Photos.
Collaborative Keep notes can be created (left), so that you and your loved ones can keep track of shopping and “to do” lists. And a group calendar will also be automatically created, enabling each member of your family to add important upcoming events
To set up a family group, visit Google’s Families page.
A new option will then appear in Photos, allowing videos and images to be shared with the group with a few taps of the screen.
A group calendar will also be automatically created, enabling each member of your family to add important upcoming events.
And collaborative Keep notes can be created, so that you and your loved ones can keep track of shopping and “to do” lists.
In my review of the iPad Pro 10.5, I said that most people should probably wait until all the productivity improvements coming in iOS 11 are available before buying one. But you didn’t wait, did you, you maniac? You went out and bought one, and are now wondering how you can get the most out of the machine you spent over $1,000 kitting out.
One obvious thing to do is go ahead and install the iOS 11 public beta. It seems relatively stable on the iPad Pro. But my recommendation is still to wait a bit, especially if you depend on your iPad for day-to-day work.
So if you’re sticking with iOS 10 for now, good on you — you are a very responsible person. And lucky for you, there are a bunch of obvious and not-so-obvious things you can do to get more use out of your shiny new iPad, making it less likely that it will end up sitting unused in your nightstand until you want to watch Netflix.
Here are some of my favorite tips. This certainly isn’t comprehensive, but there are the tricks and apps that make iPad life better for me. Most of these tips will also serve you in good stead once you upgrade to iOS 11, too.
LEARN THE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
Apples Smart Keyboard isn’t everybody’s favorite. Mine doesn’t quite sit flush on a table, and it’s awkward to use on a lap. There are other options on the way that give you more angles and more function keys; Logitech’s looks decent. But I like the Smart Keyboard mainly because it folds up into such a small package.
So if you’re sticking with Apple’s keyboard, you’re going to want to learn some keyboard shortcuts. Some are obvious, like Cmd-Tab to switch apps and Cmd-Space to open up Spotlight search. Others are harder to discover. Apps that are properly coded for iOS will display a pop-up of their keyboard shortcuts when you hold down the Cmd key. Here are a few I like:
Cmd-H will get you back to the home screen.
In Spotlight, you can hold down the down-arrow key to jam past all the supposedly helpful search suggestions and get to the web search you actually want a little bit faster.
Cmd-Shift-3 takes a screenshot, just like on your Mac.
Opt + arrow keys let you navigate text word by word or line by line.
Opt + Delete deletes a whole word at a time.
One last note: I was (and am) tempted to suggest you install the excellent Gboard keyboard for on-screen typing, because it offers swipe-to-type. Except that when you do, for some reason, the apostrophe key on external keyboards stops working. It’s a super annoying bug.
One of the most powerful features on iOS is Text Replacement. Ostensibly, it lets you type something short on a phone and have it automatically expanded out into something more complicated. Most people use it for stuff like turning “@@” into an email address or “shruggie” into ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
These are valuable features, but I also use them to do custom searches in the browser. For example, I’ve set “vgg” to “site:theverge.com” so I can search The Verge more quickly in Safari. You can add a bunch of other custom searches, though it’s not as powerful as what you can do in Alfred on the Mac.
Sadly, for some reason Text Replacement isn’t working for me in Spotlight search, which is where I really want it the most.
TRY DIFFERENT APPS WITH MULTITASKING
This one’s pretty obvious, but I’m telling you anyway: keep playing around with apps, especially in conjunction with the way multitasking works on iOS 10: Slide Over (which you pull in from the right) and full split screen. You might find that an old standby app that you love doesn’t support split screen yet, but a perfectly good (or maybe even better!) alternative does.
In particular, most of Google’s apps are simply atrocious on the iPad. Gmail and Inbox don’t support split-screen mode, which is bonkers. Google Docs does, but it’s pretty awful on the iPad. Microsoft Word, however, is quite lovely on the iPad.
Other apps just act twitchy. Twitter, for example, refuses to open a link when it’s a skinny app on the right; you have to go half-screen. Tweetbot, however, works great and also will stream tweets automatically when it’s sitting to the side.
Safari lets you split screen two tabs, but sadly you can’t do it and have a second app open.
All these split-screen hoops will get slightly better with iOS 11, but not entirely. Even though the multitasking interface on iOS 10 isn’t as good, it’s still useful to find apps that play nice with it now, and they’ll be much more likely to play nice when the update comes.
START PLAYING AROUND WITH AFFINITY FOR IMAGE EDITING
Sorry, Adobe. I’m sure that the idea of releasing a dozen lightweight versions of your apps for iOS seemed like a good idea at the time, but you got lapped by Affinity. It was demonstrated at Apple’s WWDC keynote, and it’s available at an intro price of $19.99.
That might seem like a lot for an iPad app to you, but it is wildly powerful — and honestly a little hard to figure out. But I’ve found that investing time into the app pays off. The learning curve seems easier than Photoshop and I’m finding that I can make really nice edits without too much work. If $19.99 is too much for you, Pixelmator is another good photo-editing app for iOS at $4.99.
I’ll admit that this “tip” isn’t entirely unmotivated: if we want more “pro” apps on the iPad, we should reward companies that make apps that work well on the iPad.
INSTALL ANNOTABLE, A GREAT SCREENSHOT MARKUP TOOL
Speaking of great apps that feel native to the iPad Pro, check out Annotable. It’s an app for marking up screenshots with arrows and highlights and circles and doodles. It’s free for some features, with in-app purchases for some features.
When iOS 11 comes, there will be a neat new screenshot workflow that makes these annotations easier. Until then, this app is the closest thing to Skitch (or rather, to what Skitch was when it was good) on the iPad. And I suspect that even when iOS 11 comes out, it will have enough new features to avoid getting Sherlocked.
SET UP WIDGETS — NO, SERIOUSLY
I know, the widgets section in the Notification Center is probably the easiest part of iOS to ignore, but hang with me here for a minute. On the iPad, widgets can be displayed in two columns. If you’re using the iPad as your main computer, there’s a pretty solid chance you’re going to want to do quick checks on your calendar more often.
Widgets make checking you calendar, tasks, and other little bits of information easier, and I find I use them more often on the iPad than I do on my iPhone. And they’re easier to get to than bouncing home and hunting around for the app, then launching it, then trying to get back to whatever your last work setup was.
ORGANIZE THE SHARE SHEET
In iOS 11, you will have to futz with the official iOS Share Sheet less often. Until then, you will need to hit that little box with the arrow sticking out of it all the time. So you should take a minute to actually organize it.
To do it, tap that icon, then swipe each of the horizontal rows of apps all the way over. You’ll have to do it for each row. Then you can toggle most apps off (some don’t allow you do, which is weird and annoying) and reorder them so the stuff you actually use is easer to get to.
And you should also know that the “Share Sheet” is a misnomer, as it’s become a place where all sorts of weird extra functionality gets scurried away. That applies doubly to Safari, where you’ll find the very useful “Request Desktop Site” button sitting inside the Share Sheet as well as third-party extensions like 1Password.
CHECK OUT DUET TO MAKE YOUR IPAD A MONITOR
We’re fans of Duet over here at The Verge. It turns your iPad into second monitor for your Mac or PC and also lets you draw directly into apps as though it were a Wacom tablet. Sure, you can be productive on an iPad Pro, but you can surely do more on a Mac, and even moreon a Mac with a second display.
Duet is also well-supported: it’s already been updated with full iPad Pro support. It’s theoretically pricey at $19.99 apiece for each in-app purchase, but that’s still way less than buying a portable monitor. And, as before, paying for well-supported pro apps on the iPad gives all developers incentive to make more of them.
We’ve shown you all the great things iOS 10 has to offer, but one of the best features is the ability to add widgets. In iOS, widgets aren’t a separate download. When you download an app, if a widget is available for that app, as is the case with Google Maps, it will be in the list of widgets automatically. Unlike Android, widgets don’t live on the home screen — they’re a part of the Notification Center, which means that you can access them all with a simple swipe.
How to access and add widgets
Keep in mind that you can access widgets on your iPhone by swiping right on the lock screen or home screen, but also by swiping down to access the Notification Center and then swiping to the right. To add widgets, simply scroll all the way down and tap Edit.
If you’re still finding your way through iOS, don’t forget to take a look at our iOS 10 tips and tricks. Now let’s take a closer look at some of our favorites widgets in iOS 10.
Fantastical 2 ($5)
Fantastical 2 is one of the most powerful calendar apps you can download for iOS. You can use it as a reminders app, to schedule appointments, and to help you organize your life. You have an expansive view of your reminders or events that make it very easy to handle. The widget alerts you of anything coming up throughout your day, whether it’s an appointment or a reminder. The search feature is very handy as you can search your calendar for specific events or reminders. It will even sync with your Facebook events. This app serves as a powerful calendar app if you want to replace Apple’s stock Calendar app.
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Have you ever had to copy and paste things into a document or an email? If you have, then you know how frustrating it can get going back and forth between webpages or images. Copied is the perfect solution for this problem. This clever iOS widget keeps a history of things that you have copied, whether they are images or text. You can copy what you need and then use the widget to paste your images or text into the document or note. Instead of going back and forth between several things, all you have to do is pull down the Notification Center, and everything you copied is in the widget for quick and easy access.
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IPHONE & IPAD
Is Siri letting you down sometimes? Well, the good news is that Microsoft’s Cortana is available for iOS. Having Cortana on your iPhone is an excellent idea if you’re a Windows user. When you use Cortana on your PC to set a reminder, for example, she can alert you right on your iOS device. Siri remains the best option if you want to control your iOS device with your voice, but Cortana is a great addition to iOS. The widget makes it easy to set reminders or ask Cortana a question.
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ESPN is a must download if you’re a sports fan and need to have quick and easy access to the latest scores. The widget is extremely useful because when you first set up the app, you can customize it with your favorite sports. That means all the information that you get in the widget is important to you, instead of being a random ticker of sports scores. You can open the app itself through the widget, and there you will find all the latest sports articles and videos.
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IPHONE & IPAD
The Google Maps widget is one of the most powerful in iOS. Once you install the app, you have two widgets that you can add — Nearby Traffic and Nearby Transit. You can update departure times near you right from the widget to find transit options, while the Nearby Traffic widget locates you and lets you know how the traffic conditions are in the vicinity. In many ways, Google Mapsremains the go-to maps app in iOS. Unlike the Apple Maps Transit widget, with Google’s Nearby Transit you can see the line schedules around you. In contrast, Apple Maps needs you to add your favorite lines before it shows you anything in the widget.
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IPHONE & IPAD
If you have hundreds of apps and you’re getting a bit overwhelmed, Launcher can make your life a lot easier. The app lets you create a launcher for an action or app that you need to access quickly. If you need to play a favorite song, email a specific contact, or get directions with just one tap, this is the iPhone widget for you. The app is free to download, but there are in-app purchases to unlock all the features.
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IPHONE & IPAD
The best way to describe this iOS widget is that it is simple and fast. The widget lets you add or mark your to-do items as finished. Items disappear from the widget as you check them. It makes organizing your tasks very easy. The basic functionality of the app is free, but if you want to set reminders for something on your list, for example, you will have to upgrade. The app has a premium subscription that is billed annually at $29, but if you only need the basics, then the free version of this widget is perfect.
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IPHONE & IPAD
The Weather Underground widget is one of the best weather-related iOS widgets out there. When you install the app, you get access to two widgets. WU Weather lets you see the weather throughout the day. You have a choice to see a graph or to show the weather conditions right on the widget. The WU Radar widget shows you satellite information based on your current location. If you want to see a satellite animation view, you can launch that right from this widget.
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IPHONE & IPAD
Workflow helps you get things done quickly. When you open Workflow, you can create shortcuts to things that you want to do. You can use the app to add a workflow. You can see each workflow in the widget in the form of an icon. When you tap the icon, it will perform that task. With one tap, you can post the last picture you took to Instagram, or you can share whatever you copied into your clipboard. There are many actions you can add to the widget, and we’re confident that you will love how much time this widget saves you during the day.
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IPHONE & IPAD
Apple’s Favorites widget is one of the best iOS widgets around, and you don’t need to install anything. When you add a favorite in iOS, it will ask you to choose what you want to do when you tap on the contact. You can choose to call, iMessage, FaceTime, or email them. It depends on the information that you have for that contact. You can add the same contact a few times to accomplish a different task. You can add them once to call them and once to send them a message. The widget shows you all your favorites after you add them using the Phone app. Now you have a way to call or message someone quickly without having to open the phone app, or even unlock your device.
If you’re still learning how to use iOS and are having any problems, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Make sure you read through our guide on how to fix the most common problems with iOS, and to compliment all your new widgets, don’t forget to check out our choices for best productivity apps for iOS.
IceLink now provides plugin-free WebRTC support in iOS 11 and Safari with the same IceLink API.
“Apple’s recent announcement at WWDC is gladly welcomed by our team,” states Anton Venema, CTO of Frozen Mountain Software. “Although IceLink has always historically supported native iOS WebRTC application development and Safari usage via our plugin, today we are happy to announce that IceLink now also supports WebRTC in Safari 11 without plugins.”
With the WebRTC standard now supported by all the mainstream browsers, IceLink users are assured that their website visitors will have an even more seamless user experience when using Safari. Prior to this announcement, visitors would be prompted to install the Safari plugin during their first visit. Now this step will no longer be necessary.
From a developer’s perspective, this announcement highlights the advantages of leveraging IceLink’s common cross-platform API that abstracts each browser’s unique WebRTC implementation. Developers familiar with IceLink will find the same powerful API in v3.0.13 as they have used in the past, and will require no code changes to take advantage of Apple’s new WebRTC support.
As Apple announces more details and rolls out support for more WebRTC functions, development teams using IceLink are benefitting from the drastically reduced development time and effort needed to react to each of these changes.
To learn more about Real Time Communications solutions using IceLink, and the soon to be released LiveSwitch, visit frozenmountain.com.
Started in 2008 and having grown to over 300 customers in 47 countries worldwide, Frozen Mountain Software provides cross-platform, licensed Internet Based Real-Time Communication (iRTC) SDKs, such as the multi-award winning IceLink, and services that allow organizations to incorporate WebRTC audio/video streaming, selective forwarding, audio/video mixing, screen sharing, call signaling, telephony, broadcasting, text chat, shared whiteboards, browser synchronization and internet pub/sub messaging into their applications. Learn more at frozenmountain.com.
Apple’s use of the term “widgets” may not match what Android users consider a widget, but at the end of the day the two distinct approaches serve the same purpose: To provide snippets of information at a glance.
With iOS 10, widgets are still displayed in the Today view, and can still be accessed by sliding down the Notification Center and swiping to the left.
However, you can now access widgets in more places and they can and (eventually) do more.
More than just notifications on your lock screen
iOS 10’s lock screen has completely changed. Beyond the new unlocking method (which requires you to click the home button), you now swipe to the left to view your widgets. Using this same gesture, you can view widgets to the left of your main home screen on an unlocked device.
On an iPhone, you’ll see a single column, while on an iPad there are now two columns of widgets. You can edit the left and right side, or the single column but scrolling to the bottom of your widgets and tapping on Edit. Select the green “+” icon to add a widget, or the red “-” to remove one. Tap and hold on the three lined icon to put your respective widgets in order.
On a locked device, when you attempt to view a widget where personal information can come into play, such as the Activity widget, you will need to place your finger on the home button to unlock your device. Notice, you don’t actually press the home button to open the home screen. With your device unlocked, information in the Activity or Find My Friends (just two current examples) will fill in.
Beyond iOS 10 widgets hiding just off the left side of your screen, apps that have been updated for iOS 10 can now show a widget when you Force Touch on its icon.
Pressing on an app icon reveals the standard shortcuts, plus a widget regardless of whether or not you’ve added it to your curated list in the Today View.
If you haven’t added a particular widget but want to, you can tap on the Add widget button when viewing it.
Streaming video, interaction and more!
Now that we know how to access widgets in iOS 10, let’s talk about just what you can do with widgets.
While viewing your widgets, you will notice a button in the top-right corner of some widgets that says “Show more.” Selecting it will expand the widget. For something like the Calendar widget, you’ll see more of your upcoming agenda, whereas the Weather widget will show you the week’s forecast along with current conditions.
During the iOS 10 announcement, Apple used a sports app to demonstrate viewing stats for a basketball game and video highlights directly within the widget. This is an area of iOS 10 that will undoubtedly grow in feature set now that iOS 10 has officially launched and as developers begin to push updates to the masses.
Widgets! Die kleinen Helferlein gibt es bei Apple schon länger, doch in iOS 10 wird ihnen auf dem iPhone mehr Raum eingeräumt. iOS 10 funktioniert übrigens von den beiden neuen 7er-Versionen bis runter zum iPhone 5, auch wenn es dort etwas langsamer laufen dürfte.
Widgets: Wann fährt der nächste Bus?
Eine App suchen und starten dauert. Das geht mit Widgets schneller. Jeder Entwickler kann für seine Anwendung so ein „Helferlein“ anbieten. Wischen Sie im ersten Startbildschirm auf dem iPhone nach rechts. Ganz oben ist das Spotlight-Suchfeld, gleich darunter Wochentag und Datum. Nun folgen die Widgets. Es sind Informationen aus installierten Apps. Man sieht die Informationen, ohne die eigentliche App öffnen zu müssen. Ist mein Paket schon angekommen? Wann fährt der nächste Bus an meiner Haltestelle? Gibt es hier in der Nähe ein nettes Café? Wann und vor allem wo beginnt mein nächster Termin? Die Widgets liefern Antworten.
Im Widget-Fenster sieht man auch Nachrichten-Schlagzeilen aus der Apple-App News. Praktisch, doch kann man die Inhalte leider nicht seinen Wünschen anpassen, da die App immer noch nicht im deutschen App-Store (Stand: 13. September 2016) verfügbar ist. Ich hoffe, das holt Apple bald nach.
Welche Widgets und vor allem in welcher Reihenfolge Sie sehen, legen Sie fest. Wischen Sie bei den Widgets ganz nach unten und tippen auf Bearbeiten. Nun können Sie installierte Widgets löschen (Einfahrt-verboten-Symbol) oder verschieben (drei Linien gedrückt halten und verschieben). Weiter unten finden Sie verfügbare Widgets Ihrer installierten Apps, die Sie mit einem Fingertipp auf das grün-weiße Plus aktivieren.
Kontrollzentrum: alles im Griff
Im Kontrollzentrum wird es bunter. Die Icons zum Flugmodus, WLAN, Bluetooth, Nachtmodus und der Ausrichtungssperre werden farbig, sobald sie aktiviert sind. Wer sich jetzt fragt: Kontrollzentrum, wo ist das denn? Einfach mit dem Finger vom unteren Bildschirmrand hoch wischen.
Hier kommen Sie schneller zu den Einstellungen für AirPlay, AirDrop und dem NightShift-Modus. Außerdem bietet es Zugriff auf die Taschenlampe, Taschenrechner, Kamera und alle Uhr-Funktionen (Wecker, Stoppuhr, Weltuhr, Timer und jetzt neu: die Schlafenszeiten.)
Ein Wisch des aktiven Kontrollzentrums bringt Sie zur Mediensteuerung. Hier sieht man, welcher Titel gerade (im Hintergrund) läuft. Sie können pausieren, in der Playliste vor- oder zurückspringen und die Lautstärke verändern (was natürlich mit den seitlichen Knöpfen am iPhone schneller geht). Praktisch ist am unteren Rand die Auswahl des Wiedergabegeräts. Musik- und Hörbücher können nicht nur über die iPhone-Lautsprecher gehört werden. Hier sehen Sie die zur Verfügung stehenden Kopfhörer, AirPlay- und Bluetooth-Geräte.
Ob Sie das Kontrollzentrum auch bei aktiven Apps oder im Sperrbildschirm „hoch wischen“ können, legen Sie unter Einstellungen > Kontrollzentrum fest. Nachteil: Bei wilder Spiel-Action wischen Sie eventuell das Kontrollzentrum ins Bild und Ihr Spiel ist unterbrochen. Vorteil: Sie lesen einen Artikel, schauen in einer App während gerade Musik läuft. Der aktuelle Titel ist doof, einfach das Kontrollzentrum hoch wischen, ein Wisch nach links und in der Mediensteuerung einen Song weiter springen.
Mañana de Reyes, regalos que se abren en casa con la familia. Acabas de recibir un iPhone o iPad nuevo y ya estás trasteando con él. Estrenar un dispositivo nuevo y que te gusta es estupendo. Ahora que estás poniéndolo a punto, trasladando tus datos desde iCloud e instalando apps nuevas, es el momento de configurar los widgets en iOS 10.
Los widgets hicieron aparición en iOS 8 y desde entonces, los usuarios de iPhone, iPod Touch y iPad podemos utilizarlos. Sin embargo, muchos usuarios desconocen cómo pueden ayudarles en su día a día. Veamos cómo aprovechar los widgets de iOS 10 al máximo.
¿Qué es un widget en iOS 10?
En informática, un widget es un elemento de la interfaz que nos muestra una determinada información. Los widgets se han trasladado desde los ordenadores a los smartphones, convirtiéndose en una parte que muchos usuarios consideran fundamental en sus dispositivos. Android los introdujo mucho antes que iOS. Hace dos años y con el lanzamiento de iOS 8, los usuarios de iPhone y iPad también podemos disfrutarlos.
¿Cómo accedo a un widget en mi iPhone o iPad?
Existen dos formas principales de acceder a los widgets en un dispositivo con iOS 10. La primera es desde la pantalla de bloqueo, deslizando la pantalla hacia la izquierda (en sentido contrario al acceso de la cámara). La segunda es desde la Home o pantalla de inicio, también hacia la izquierda en la primera página de apps.
Existe una tercera manera de acceder a un widget, aunque se limita a solo dos de ellos: el buscador de Spotlight y las sugerencias de apps de Siri.
¿Para qué sirven los widgets?
En su versión más simple, los widgets en iOS 10 nos proporcionan información concreta sobre apps o servicios determinados. Por ejemplo, el tiempo que hace en nuestra ciudad. Al acceder a los widgets veremos la información sobre el tiempo meteorológico de la ciudad que hayamos escogido: temperatura (actual, mínima y máxima del día), estado del tiempo (sol, nubes, lluvia, etc.) y probabilidad de lluvia.
Algunos widgets ofrecen la posibilidad de ver más información con un botón que dice “Mostrar más”. En el caso del tiempo, veremos el pronóstico de los días siguientes. Además de mostrar información, sirven de acceso directo a la app de la que muestran información. Es decir, si tocamos el widget del tiempo, nos abrirá esta app automáticamente.
Otras apps como Mapas o Google Maps pueden mostrar rutas rápidas hacia un destino determinado o el tráfico que hay hasta nuestra próxima cita en la agenda. La utilidad varía en función de la app.
¿Cómo configuro los widgets en iOS 10?
Desde cualquiera de las dos “pantallas” de widgets. Ve al final del todo hasta que veas un botón de editar con forma circular. Accederás al menú desde el que puedes añadir o quitar widgets en iOS 10, además de cambiarlos de sitio.
En la parte superior y junto a un símbolo menos en un círculo rojo, están los widgets activos. Debajo de ellos se encuentran el resto de widgets disponibles que puedes activar pero que no se muestran en tu pantalla de widgets. Para añadirlos, toca el botón verde con el símbolo más.
También podremos organizar el orden en el que aparecen los widgets. En este mismo menú y en la parte de los widgets activos, cada uno tiene tres líneas paralelas. Si tocamos y arrastramos este símbolo, podremos mover el widget donde queramos.
Widgets no oficiales de terceros
Algunas de las apps que vienen de serie en iOS tienen widgets propios. Las apps que descargues de la App Store también pueden integrar sus widgets y hay algunas que así lo hacen. Dropbox, Google Maps, Flipboard y Shazam son algunas de las apps más populares que ofrecen diferentes widgets.
Su funcionamiento y configuración es exactamente igual que los de Apple. No tendrás más que editar, añadir y mover para tener tus favoritos a mano.
Utiliza apps de automatización avanzada
Si lo tuyo es un uso más avanzado de los widgets, hay dos apps que no te puedes perder. Se trata de Workflow, de la que Cristian Rus nos habló hace tiempo, y Launch Center Pro. Se trata de dos apps que automatizan acciones en iOS con el objetivo de ahorrar tiempo y pasos en tareas repetitivas.
Para los que le interesen la automatización o ya utilicen esta app, incorporar algunas de sus acciones a los widgets de iOS 10 es una gran idea.
Menos es más
Esto es una recomendación más personal. Como hemos visto, los widgets tienen por objetivo mostrar información con rapidez y proporcionar accesos directos a determinadas apps y acciones. Por tanto, la rapidez de acceso y visualización es primordial.
Es por esto que la mejor manera de aprovechar los widgets de iOS es eligiendo sólo los que son esenciales. En mi iPhone tengo configurados seis de ellos: actividad, sugerencias de apps, batería, tiempo, destinos en Mapas y consumo de mi tarifa de datos. Si tienes que estar deslizando la pantalla hasta encontrar el que necesitas, al final cuesta más tiempo que acceder a la propia app.
Apple’s iOS 10.2 has been introduced to improve the user experience, especially with iPhones. With that, Apple users who have been experiencing serious problems with their batteries had been anxiously anticipating the release of iOS 10.2. However, recent updates may have resulted to the contrary, as concerns regarding bad battery life continues to surface online.
Apple’s iOS 10.2 update has been getting bad reviews lately as it seemed to have intensified the bad battery issue from the previous version. After updating their devices to iOS 10.2, many consumers have reported experiencing the so-called 30 percent battery bug.
Previously, Apple acknowledged a problem with some iPhone 6s units and older iPhone models. Once the remaining charge reaches 30 percent, the phones shut down as if they had run out of power. Apple explained that air contaminated individual battery components, and that freak occurrence is responsible for the current shutdowns. A free repair was offered for those units affected. However, only iPhone 6s units sold in September and October 2015 are eligible for the free repair.
Many Apple enthusiasts hoped Apple’s iOS 10.2 update would include a fix for the aggravating issue. However, for some users, the battery problems plaguing many older iPhone models have only gotten worse. The battery life reading and display may have also been affected by the update. It goes from 30 percent to 1 percent but stays at that 1 percent reading for a significant period of time.
Some people are now searching for methods on how to prolong iPhone battery life, while waiting for Apple to solve the iOs 10.2 issue. Some helpful remedies and tips to conserve battery life on iPhone include turning off Raise to Wake function of the device. This would help avoid unnecessary battery use, especially if users regularly pick the unit or swing it in their hand while walking. Another remedy is to get rid of any widget, as most widgets would consume batter power to keep up to date. Turning off background applications may also prolong battery life.