iOS 14 gets Rid of the App Grid
A few weeks ago, Apple unveiled the next major version of iOS. Here’s what you should expect when you update your iPhone to the final release of iOS 14 this fall.
The most interesting change is that the home screen has been changed. In some ways, the iPhone now works more like Android devices. People can add widgets to the home screen and there’s a new app launcher called the App Library. With iOS 14, changes are not immediately visible. The home screen is now more customizable.
If you tap and hold on a home screen icon, there’s a new menu that lists all the widgets you can install on your home screen. Many default apps already support widgets, such as Reminders, Calendar, Stock, Weather, Music, etc. And each widget comes in multiple sizes if you want to see more or less info. The most interesting thing about widgets is that you can stack them and flip through them.
The second biggest change with the home screen is that there’s a new page at the right of your last page. The App Library groups all your apps on your phone by category. Some icons are bigger than others as Apple tries once again to surface the most important apps to you. You can always tap on the search bar at the top to display an alphabetical list of your apps. It could be useful if you can’t remember the name of an app, for instance.
Those changes for the home screen might seem minor, but they are important to change the current app paradigm. Now that you can hide pages of apps and that there’s the App Library, downloading new apps has become less intimidating. If you combine that with Sign in with Apple, you can go from no app to interacting with content in no time.
There are many ways to share App Clips. You can launch those apps from the web, from Messages, from Maps, from NFC tags or from QR codes. Get ready to see stickers at cafés, on scooters or in museums. Scan a code or tap your phone on it and you get an app-like experience.