Behind the hype with the iPhone iOS 14

New creative Home Screens with the app Widgetsmith. Photo courtesy Christopher Sanford (the left) and Zaria Hunter (the right).

Many of you may know that Apple has a good reputation for keeping its users up to date with software updates.

iOS14 for iPhones has displays and many updates in different departments such as the App library, compact calls, Picture in Picture, pinned conversations in Messages, maps, translate and widgets to your home screen, to name a few.

“My favorite part is the way the incoming calls pop up now,” Zaria Hunter, an eight-year iPhone user, said. “It doesn’t take over the entire screen and get in the way of my apps on the screen.”

This specific update, iOS14, is keeping up with the inner circle of the social media platforms. The main attractions of this update are the widgets. Widgets were created to help users navigate certain apps on their phone in mere seconds. These can also be customized to the daily schedule of people’s personal popular app choices. This is called a Smart Stack.

iOS14 was released last week, on Sept. 16, and has kept the trending Widget creative conversation alive.

The popular app that is assisting users with creating their mobile mood board themed phone display is called Widgetsmith.

“I used the app Widgetsmith to be creative with the widgets and feel more organized about what I have going on throughout the day,” Hunter said.

According to 9TO5 Mac, “Widgetsmith comes from David Smith, who’s the developer behind several popular Apple Watch and iPhone apps including Watchsmith, Sleep++, and Pedometer++. The concept of Widgetsmith is that it lets you create custom and personalized widgets for your iOS 14 home screen.”

While maneuvering through the Widgetsmith app you will see there are three different widget sizes one can choose from: small, medium or large. Each widget can have its own customized color waves and font styles.

“At the beginning I did struggle,” Christopher Sanford, another long-time iPhone user, said. “I found a helpful video on Twitter that sped up the process, all in all it took about 30 minutes.”

Sanford said customizing his screen is like adding toppings to ice cream and it makes him remember moments in his childhood.

“My new nome screen display is a reminder that you don’t always have to be so formal and professional. I can set it up to remind me of a childhood favorite when I get too uptight or feel myself becoming stressed,” Sanford added.

Will you stay hip by joining the trend and customize your iPhone home screen? Or are you rocking with the plain Jane?